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Despite iPad being "a computer, not a mobile device"

"IPad is a computer, not a mobile device," Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg famously said last fall in response to a question about whether a Facebook app for iPad would ever come to fruition.

It appears that Zuck is backpedaling on those words, as The New York Times reports that Facebook is, indeed, readying an iPad app.

Anonymous sources reportedly close to Facebook's plans told NYT that the social media company will be unveiling a free app for iPad that has been "carefully designed and optimized" for the device.

Zuckerberg's statement from last November is additionally befuddling because of its timing. The report says that the iPad app has been in development for nearly a year, and that Zuck himself has played a key role in the process.

In addition to the app's slick design, the Facebook Chat and Facebook Groups have been overhauled, and the app allows photos shot with the iPad's built-in cameras to be directly uploaded to Facebook.

A person who reportedly has seen the app had this to say: "The photo and video experience is amazing, offering full resolution and full-screen images."

Both Facebook and Apple declined to comment further.

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How is the statement related?
By CZroe on 6/18/2011 11:39:43 AM , Rating: 2
The article never says why being a computer instead of a mobile device matters as far as whether or not it gets an app. After all, desktop operating systems get App Stores now too (OS X App Store, Chrome OS, Intel AppUp, etc).

Did he also say "we only make apps for mobile devices?" If so, you need both statements for this article to make sense.

By seamonkey79 on 6/19/2011 10:42:41 AM , Rating: 2
I would suppose that mobile devices get apps while computers use the web browser like I do on my... computer.

Therefore, if the iPad is a computer, not a mobile device, then the people using it get to use the web browser like any other computer would be doing.

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