Facebook's iPad App Is Buried In Its iPhone App

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Like an iPhone 4 hidden inside an iPhone 3GS case, Facebook's iPad app has been found in its iPhone app code. Calling it "spectacular," TechCrunch tells that the app can also be activated now.


TechCrunch's full preview of the app can be read over on their site now, but if you want to have a go yourself, you'll have to "change the UIDeviceFamily to 2 for iPhone on the Facebook app," according to @AeroEchelon, the Canadian engineering student who first noticed the hidden code.

I'd suggest waiting though—after all, you've already gone 18 months without an iPad app, and there are a plethora of other ways to update your FB status on your iPad as that don't come with the risks of unvetted software. For a full tour of the app screenshots, check out TechCrunch's gallery here. [@AeroEchelon via TechCrunch]

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Just made the changes and tried it out. Very easy...takes about 5 min and no actual computer skills. UI is actually good...much better than Friendly or any of the other apps made to access facebook while waiting for a native app. There are still some problems. If you try to comment on an item in the news feed, it takes you to an awkward side bar that doesn't format the previous comments well, so you have to do a bunch of side scrolling.

Haven't tried chat yet, but it's built into a bar on the right side like the main facebook page, with the only refreshing exception being that it only shows online friends. Worth giving a try IMO.