Apple users in the Spokane area may finally be able to try out Facebook’s long-awaited iPad app in October.
Several sources, including PCMag and All Things D, have reported that Apple is planning on introducing the iPhone 5 during an event at their headquarters in Cupertino, California on Tuesday, October 4.
Ben Parr of Mashable said that Apple is also expected to launch the iPad app during the presentation.
“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,” Parr said.
According to Peter Pachal of PCMag, the HTML5 apps would let people do things such as playing Farmville on their iPhones or using other apps created by about 80 outside developers.
Parr added that Facebook could have released the iPad app several months ago if it wasn’t for conflicts behind the scenes.
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The Facebook iPad app, which leaked earlier this year, has been in limbo at Facebook for the past few months. That much was made clear in a blog post Monday by former Facebook engineer Jeff Verkoeyen. In that post, he revealed that he left the company (for Google) partially because Facebook has been sitting on the completed app since May.
The problem, according to two sources familiar with the situation, has been a combination of timing and a strained relationship with Apple. It’s no secret that the two companies have been at odds over various issues during the past two years. For example, the social network pulled the plug on Facebook Connect in Ping because Apple didn’t give Facebook any warning about the feature, which would have eaten a great deal of bandwidth on Facebook’s side.
Facebook Connect, according to Path CEO Dave Morin, is a set of tools that “allows users to ‘connect’ their Facebook identity, friends and privacy to any site.”
Facebook Connect allows people to take their basic profile data and other information with them to other sites such as LinkedIn or Digg. Among other things, it is a convenient way to log in to sites that require registration.
The conflict over Ping is typical for the two companies. Peter Pachal of PCMag said that Ping may have been created in the first place as a result of the tensions between Apple and Facebook.
“Steve Jobs had reportedly said that the reason Apple debuted its own social network, Ping, was because Facebook’s conditions for being integrated into iTunes were ‘onerous,'” Pachal said.
Ben Parr of Mashable thinks that the iPad app finally being released is a sign of Facebook and Apple getting along better than they used to, and the first step in a joint effort to defeat Google.
Pachal said, “You’d be forgiven for thinking a Facebook app launch at an Apple event is an indication of a thawing relationship between the companies, but the New York Times Bits blog reports it’s actually the result of months of a ‘tense negotiation.'”
Apple users in the Spokane area can find out more about the new Facebook apps at one of the many local Apple stores, or by calling Strong Solutions at (509) 368-7340.