As you all know, we reported yesterday that Facebook just rolled out an update for their official iPhone app aimed to bring performance enhancements and restore a couple of features. But as the Facebook app gets another update, iPad owners gets left out in the dust again with no sign of the app on sight. Last month, there were some news that Facebook is working on a Facebook app for iPad but since then we haven't heard more about it. But iPad owners need not fret because the newest update for Facebook actually conceals the official Facebook app for iPad. We will show you how to enable it below.
This discovery was reported by the folks over at TechCrunch while the discovery of the Facebook app for iPad was actually made by Marvin Bernal (@AeroEchelon) over at Twitter. The discovery was made by simply editing the info.plist of the iPhone app and by changing “UIDeviceFamily” from the value 1 to 2. There have been some clues as well that the hidden iPad app is bound to go universal which means it is compatible both for iPhone and iPad. In order to explain it better:
Hidden in the code of Facebook’s iPhone app is the code for something else. Something everyone has been waiting over a year for. The iPad app. Yes, it’s real, and it’s spectacular (well, very good, at the very least). And yes, it really is right there within the code. Even better, it’s executable.
A TechCrunch staff also confirmed that this secret Facebook iPad app is in fact the one that the social networking giant is about to launch and iPad owners have been expecting:
Update: We’ve just talked to a source who had previous seen the app and says that this is in fact the app Facebook was intending to launch shortly. We’ll see if that gets sped up now.
NOTE: There are actually 3 ways for you to enable the official Facebook app in your iPad, one requires you to download a free jailbreak tweak from Cydia, the other one requires you to edit the app's plist file using iFile and finally one requires you to use iPhone Explorer and Xcode to edit a plist file. Just use whatever method you are comfortable with.
The first two methods require you to have a jailbroken iPad while the third one requires no jailbeaking. Be sure that you know what you are doing before you proceed.
- Download the latest official Facebook iPhone app (version 3.4.4) into your iPad (iTunes download link below).
- Open up Cydia and search for the “FullForce” tweak by developer Ryan Petrich and install it. Version 1.3.3 should be the version that you want to enable the Facebook app in iPad.
- You'll be prompted to respring your iPad so go ahead and do that.
- Navigate to your iPad's Settings and look for the configuration settings of Fullforce.
- Toggle the Facebook iPhone app to ON.
- Now go back to your springboard and open the Facebook app. The official Facebook should now be enabled for your iPad.
- Download the latest Facebook iPhone app into your iPad (iTunes download link below).
- Make sure that you have iFile installed in your device, if not download it from Cydia and install.
- Launch iFile to use to navigate to Applications > Facebook.
- Open the Facebook.app folder.
- Look and select the info.plist file.
- Head over to Display Properties > UIDeviceFamily.
- Modify the UIDeviceFamily value “1” in the upper right corner to “2”.
- Respring your iPad.
Method #3 (Requires no jailbreaking)
- Download and install iPhone Explorer and the developer tool Xcode for Mac.
- Open the info.plist file in the Facebook app in Xcode.
- Modify the UIDeviceFamily property from “1? to “2.”
- Respring the iPad.
This hidden Facebook app for iPad should be 100% functional and usable with a few minor bugs. The interface is quite slick and the overall aesthetics simply looks great. The app is also quite snappy since it is mostly based in HTML 5.
Download Facebook App for iPhone in iTunes App Store.
And now screenshots galore, courtesy of TechCrunch: