iPad app news: Facebook delay caused by Apple rift

Row over iOS 5 integration halts Facebook for iPad

Facebook's inability to strike a deal with Apple for deep iOS 5 integration has led to the delay of the long-awaited iPad app, with the project's former lead developer claiming it has been ready for launch since May.

The Facebook for iPad app has been ready for launch on the App Store since May, according to the man who led the app's development, but the social network is refusing to release it following a dispute with Apple.

We've long been anticipating the launch of a bespoke Facebook for iPad app, even more so since it was revealed in full by the TechCrunch blog earlier this summer.

However, the f8 conference came and went last week without any sign of a tablet specific iteration, leaving many to wonder whether we would ever be able to download it for our iPads.

It seems the bottom of the mystery has been reached with the revelation that Apple and Facebook are barely on speaking terms. The drama started when Apple went after Facebook with the launch of its largely ineffectual Ping social network last year and continued when Facebook-integration was pulled from iOS 5 at the last minute.

The developer of the app, Jeff Jeff Verkoeyen, who spent eight months building the app before becoming frustrated with the launch delay and leaving for Google.

"It is now nearly 5 months since the app was feature complete," he said on his personal blog. "I haven’t seen it released except for when the project was leaked on TechCrunch. Needless to say this was a frustrating experience for me.

"The experience of working on this app was a large contribution to the reasons why I left Facebook, though that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a difficult decision."

"You probably saw the app when it was infamously leaked via TechCrunch. It was feature-complete by then and for reasons I won’t go into details on the app was repeatedly delayed throughout the summer."

Hopefully, Facebook and app can work out these "details" in the near future and we can finally get this app out into the public domain.

Link: TechCrunch