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Official Facebook for iPad App Will Be Launched at Apple’s iPhone 5 Event

The official Facebook app for the iOS is one of the first ever applications that were made available in the iTunes App Store. And considering just how popular Facebook is, it goes without saying that the Facebook app is also one of the most downloaded app from the App Store. While the app is already available for the iPhone and iPod touch ever since, iPad owners are left out of the party because as of now there is no Facebook app specifically optimized for their device. But now it seems that iPad owners will be able to get their hands on the Facebook iPad app rather soon enough.

In case you don't know last July, the official Facebook app for iPad was leaked. It was discovered that the iPad optimized version is buried deep in an update that was rolled out by Facebook for the iOS then. Through a number of methods, iPad owners were able to enjoy the official iPad app although it was rather short lived. Since then, we haven't heard much about the official Facebook iPad app. It was thought that Facebook will be launching it on the recently held f8 Conference, but that was not the case. But now according to a report, the official Facebook app will be coming very soon.

According to the folks from Mashable, they were able to learn from their sources that the official Facebook iPad App was already completed back in May. The sources added that the said app will finally be launched at Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 event. If the completed app is already completed back in May, why all these delays?

Well according to the sources, the delay has something to do with both the timing and Facebook's strained relationship with Apple. If you have been closely following both these giant tech companies, then you'll know that they're not exactly on great terms for the past two years. A good example would be when Facebook pulled the plug of music based social Ping due to the fact that Apple didn't provide any warning about the said feature which could've been a bandwidth hog on Facebook's side. Also there have been some buzzes that Apple would have integrated Facebook into the iOS 5 but instead due to the rift between both companies, the former went with integrating Twitter instead. But based on this report, it seems that both companies are already ready to set aside their differences.
In addition to that, the report also cites that Apple and Facebook is working Facebook on perfecting the HTML5 platform which will also be revealed during the iPhone 5 event. This was supposed to be announced during the f8 Conference but Facebook decided not to because it might steal the thunder from the new Facebook Open Graph and the revamped user profile, Timeline.

The said iPhone 5 event was unofficially pegged on the first week of October, so if that turns out to be true then Apple will probably start sending invitations soon. Recent reports indicated that the iPhone 5 event will helmed by Apple CEO Tim Cook and that it will be taking place on the Apple Campus. [via Mashable]

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