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Facebook updates iPad app with Retina graphics

Facebook updates iPad app with Retina graphics


Facebook today updated its iPad app to include support for the new iPad's Retina display, which means the app's buttons, pictures, and menus are now a lot sharper than before.

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Facebook has been notoriously slow about updating its iOS app — it only launched for the incredibly popular iPad this past October. Today, the company improved on its track record by updating its universal iOS app with Retina support for the new iPad just two weeks after the device launched. Yet, considering the app is used by tens of millions of people worldwide, it shouldn't have taken this long to get the ball rolling on an update. Top apps like the New York Times, Skype, Kindle, Kayak, and Netflix have already updated, and several developers we've spoken to have expressed little grief about updating their apps for the new iPad — some saying it took as little as two days — especially when using system fonts like the Facebook app does.

Also, the app still lacks support for the company's new Timeline profile pages (unlike its iPhone app), and Facebook wouldn't comment on when that might come. Besides "enhanced" support for the new iPad's Retina display, Facebook 4.1.1 for iOS also includes the ability to go offline in chat, support for several other languages like Czech, and several important bug fixes that will make profile photos, friend lists, and photo tags appear correctly.