Facebook iPad App Preview Leaks Out [PICS]

Update: It looks like Facebook has blocked access to the app at this time. Still, you can check out our screenshots to see how the app looks.





Facebook users were able to get a sneak peek of the social networking site’s long-rumored iPad app on Monday by using a jailbroken device and tweaking a file embedded in Facebook for iPhone.

The hack appears to have been first uncovered by Marvin Bernal on Twitter, and TechCrunch has since confirmed “with a source who had previously seen the Facebook iPad app” that this is indeed the iPad app that the company planned to launch with.

Facebook for iPad

Mashable used a jailbroken iPad 1 and made the necessary changes so we could try out the app ourselves.

As you can see from our gallery, it’s quite good. It takes many of the features we have come to see in third-party Facebook apps, but uses its full access to the Facebook API to make the user experience better and more fluid. Facebook Chat is supported, though video chat isn’t (yet) and browsing through the application is much like using Facebook’s web interface, but with a more refined, iPad twist.

Take a look at our screenshots and a description of some of the other features below:


App Icon





The Facebook icon looks the same. Note the Cydia and iFile icons. Right now, in order to access Facebook for iPad, you need to be running a jailbroken iPad 1 or iPad 2.


Loading Screen






Facebook Login






News Feed





The default screen is the Facebook News Feed.


News Feed Options





You can select various filters for the app, just like in Facebook on the desktop.


Side Panel





Sliding the main window to the right reveals an enhanced Facebook sidebar. This interaction, which is similar to Twitter for iPad, provides access to Groups, Events, Places and Messages.


Side Panel





In landscape mode, the panel appears alongside the elongated news feed if swiped to the right.


Status Update





Sharing a status update works as expected. Tapping on the lock icon shows you visibility options.


Visibility Options






Photos





Photo albums are displayed in a grid-like manner, using the same styling Apple uses in its Photos app.


Add Photos





You can create a new album or add photos from your device to an existing album.


Notifications





Notifications are accessible throughout the app.


Facebook Chat





Facebook Chat works on the iPad. Users can communicate iChat style through the panel on the right.


Facebook Chat





Facebook Chat works quite well, but note the lack of hyperlink support.


Like or Comment





A modal window gives an option to “Like” or comment on a post or status update.


Places Check In





Who says the iPad isn’t mobile! Facebook Places is supported in the app.


Places Map view






Places Friends View






Facebook Groups





Groups can be accessed from the side panel.


User Wall






User Info






User Wall Interactions





In landscape mode, comments and likes on a status update or wall post appear in the right hand panel.


Viewing Comments on a Photo






Replying to Comments






Logging Out





To log out, tap the arrow underneath your name in the left side panel.


Account Screen





Facebook for iPad supports multiple accounts, which is great for users who share an iPad with other family members.


Remove an Account





To remove an account, tap and hold the profile photo and then tap on the “X.”


Remove Account Options





When an account is removed, all the information about it is wiped off of the device as well.

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