Facebook iPad app may never get released despite being complete

Bad news for Facebook users who want to access the social network on their iPads: An official iPad app may never see the light of day, according to a former Facebook employee.

Many people have complained about Facebook’s lack of iPad support, which has forced them to use the iPhone application on the tablet or a third-party app like Friended or Facely HD. As of today, we can add former lead engineer of Facebook’s iPad Jeff Verkoeyen to the list of frustrated people.

In a blog post today, Verkoeyen announced that he was leaving Facebook for a new position on Google’s mobile team after becoming frustrated with Facebook’s decision to hold off publishing its iPad app.

The app has been “feature-complete” (which means it is basically finished) since May, but the company kept pushing its release date back, according to Verkoeyen. It’s also worth noting, the Facebook iPad app was discovered by some people nosing around the company’s iPhone app code. Verkoeyen has since removed the information about the app from his post, according to Business Insider.

Facebook didn’t make any announcements about its mobile strategy at last week’s f8 developer conference, and we’ve heard nothing official about a time-table for when the company plans to release an iPad app.


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