In fact, I’d venture to say that Facebook’s iPhone application is
slower than almost any of the other 499,999 apps available for the
iPhone. Thankfully that’s all going to change next month.
According to two Facebook engineers who asked not be named because
they are not authorized to speak about unreleased products,
Facebook has completely rebuilt its iOS application to optimize
for one thing: speed.
One of the Facebook engineers said the new application has been
built primarily using Objective-C, the programming language used
to build applications for iOS. Many of the components of the
current version of the Facebook app are built using HTML5, the
Web-based markup language.
Yours truly, a month ago, regarding Facebook’s new camera app:
web is not enough. Native apps are essential, thus the talent
acquisitions of superstar outfits like Sofa and Push Pop
Press. I bet Facebook has more native mobile apps on the way.
★ Thursday, 28 June 2012