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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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RE: why...
By Tony Swash on 6/20/2011 5:23:44 AM , Rating: 2
Yes Tony, I know Apple was first in the mobile browser war, and I know iPhone's browser used to be the best for a while, but not these days, RIM got 'em at last, woohoo! I thought Google would do it first but RIM made a smart move of going open source all the way while collaborating with Adobe and probably paying Adobe quite a lot of dough to get the real mature browser with mature Flash 10.2 and Air runtime and stuff... to be honest Android is not far behind, their browser is almost as good as Playbook's in my personal experience but still falls short, and the Android tablet hardware/software is such an unpolished and sometimes ugly experience compared to RIM and Apple. Google has to learn a few tricks with regard to polish and style from Apple and RIM. Preferably from RIM, hehe ;)

This discussion does raise an interesting point about the different things that different companies and products focus on. Traditionally the web and the internet was essentially the browser, and the browser as a way to access the web will continue to flourish and be important. It is this area of the web that Google tends to concentrate on, not least because it's via the browser that ads can be served and data collected most easily.

As became clear from the iCloud announcement Apple have taken a different tack. For Apple the app is king and the iCloud initiative, especially with the inclusion of iCloud APIs for third party app developers, is all about using the power of the internet via apps rather than browsers. In Apple's vision the browser becomes secondary, not unimportant but no longer king. I am quite excited to see what the iOS developers will come up with in terms of iCloud enabled apps. I think for Apple the future is about powerful cloud driven networked and internet powered funtionality where all the internet back end is hidden from the user, all the user sees is the funtionality, the things the apps and the devices can do.

It will be interesting to see how this app centred approach pans out and whether the browser remains the king of the internet and the portal through which people experience the internet.

RE: why...
By Pirks on 6/20/2011 1:21:17 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, Tony, let's pray iCloud won't end up like Xserve, hehehe ;)

RE: why...
By Tony Swash on 6/20/2011 3:46:10 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing lasts forever - just ask Microsoft ;)

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