Facebook has just taken the wraps off a brand new iOS app, and it is available now through the iOS App Store. The app has apparently been completely rewritten from the previous version of the app, but looks very similar, utilizing Objective C code rather than HTML 5 as was previously used (via AllThingsD). The result is an app that is almost three times faster than the previous edition
Go and download the app and try it out yourself, but the first thing you’ll notice is the app is actually blisteringly fast, particularly when reading the Timeline which appears much quicker than the previous version. The speed improvements are also particularly noticeable when switching between the Message and Timeline views, with the messages appearing almost instantly. The app also opens much quicker than the previous version.
There is also a new function whereby a banner appears when a new post is made, essentially streaming as new posts appear. This is particularly cool, as it means that you don’t have to manually refresh the timeline any more.
Initial impressions of the new app are good, and now that the app has a shared codebase with other Facebook apps, we should see a rapid release cycle for updates and improvements.