Facebook Releases All New iPhone App Update Built for Speed

We’ve heard all about the reports before, and now it has become a reality–the latest redesigned Facebook iPhone/iPad update is now available in the App Store.

What’s New in Version 5.0

We’ve rebuilt the app so it’s faster and easier to use.
* Scrolling through news feed is faster than ever
* New banner lets you tap to quickly see more stories – no need to refresh
* Photos open fast and close with one downward swipe
* Instant access to your notifications

I just installed the update and so far it looks and feels great. The ‘Status’, ‘Photo’ and ‘Check In’ bar along the top has been redesigned slightly. When you look at photos, you can just swipe to the left to see more. Swiping downward to exit a photo view is pretty awesome. When new updates appear, you will be notified at the top.

Back in June, we heard about a ‘blazing fast’ update coming, being developed by ex-Apple employees. Later in July, we heard more about this update which would be natively built with Objective-C.

You can download the newest version of Facebook here, or check for the update in the App Store.

Update: Facebook shares a bit about the latest iOS update:

The best Facebook experience, in your pocket

Building on native iOS gives us a major opportunity to keep making the app faster, more reliable and feature-rich. Whether you have 30 seconds or an entire train ride to use Facebook we want you to have a fast and satisfying experience. We truly believe mobile is the best platform for Facebook, and the new Facebook for iOS is just one of our steps to ensure you have best Facebook experience anytime, anywhere.