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Facebook iPad App to Debut at iPhone 5 Media Event?

by on September 26th, 2011

Mashable has received word the Facebook iPad will debut at Apple’s reported iPhone 5 media event, set to take place next week on October 4th.

Facebook will launch its long-awaited iPad app at Apple’s iPhone 5 launch event on Oct. 4, Mashable has learned. In addition to the iPad app, Facebook is also expected to release a revamped version of its iPhone app and may unveil an HTML5-based mobile app marketplace.

It is interesting to note Robert Scoble also mentioned this similar tip last week on Google+, notes TiPB:

By the way, I heard a rumor from a usually credible source that Facebook may not announce an iPad app tomorrow, but will save it for October 4th instead. Now THAT will be very interesting news, since I know Apple really hates Facebook.

It was reported earlier today the creator of the iPad app, Jeff Verkoeyen had quit Facebook to work for Google over the endless delays in releasing the app:

It is now nearly 5 months since the app was feature complete and I haven’t seen it released except for when the project was leaked on Techcrunch. Needless to say this was a frustrating experience for me. The experience of working on this app was a large contribution to the reasons why I left Facebook, though that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a difficult decision.

You probably saw the app when it was infamously leaked via Techcrunch. It was feature-complete by then and for reasons I won’t go into details on the app was repeatedly delayed throughout the summer.

Earlier in July, the Facebook for iPad app was discovered to be hidden within the iPhone app, as discovered by Canadian university student, Marvin Bernal. Given the extensive delays, the time for the app to launch appears to be next week, if this news is true. Facebook fans, rejoice!

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