Skip to main content

Facebook iPad app wrapped up inside iPhone app; UPDATE: Facebook blocks the app

chat-statusAfter holding out on iPad users for what’s been an interminably long time, we’ve finally gotten a glimpse of the Facebook iOS tablet app – which may have been against the social network’s wishes. This weekend an engineering student digging around the Facebook iPhone app discovered the iPad app code hidden inside, and TechCrunch was among the first to get a look at it in action. The student who originally found the app, a self-described “iOS enthusiast,” noticed the code after Facebook pushed an update to its iPhone app. The newest version of the app included the iPad app code, which can be run if you’re willing to do a little work and take a couple risks.

more-newsFrom the initial glimpse, the app appears to be quite polished and intuitive. If you’re planning on running it, you’ll have to jailbreak your iPad and put up with some glitches and occasional crashes, but you would be among the first to give it a try. From the sounds of it, this is the version Facebook plans to introduce, most likely with a few finishing touches to work out the remaining bugs.

So when is Facebook going to announce the app? When the social network announced its video chat feature last month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg remarked that it was the beginning of a launch season for the company, and that over the coming months we would see a number of products. Hopefully you don’t have to wait too much longer and risk succumbing to the lure of jailbreaking your iPad.

[Images via TechCrunch]

[UPDATE; 12:12 PM PST]

The jailbreak to run the secret Facebook iPad app is no more. A block has been issued, and while you can try the work-around, you won’t be able to login. Now the wait for the real thing begins.

Editors' Recommendations

Molly McHugh
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Before coming to Digital Trends, Molly worked as a freelance writer, occasional photographer, and general technical lackey…
Best iPad Memorial Day deals: Get an Apple tablet from just $245
The iPad Pro (2024) during JerryRigEverything's bend test.

If you’re looking for a new iPad, it’s worth checking out the iPad deals going on right now. In particular, we’re spotting some awesome early iPad Memorial Day deals so you can easily snag a great new tablet for less. Tablet deals often feature prominently during sales events so we’ve rounded up all the best iPad Memorial Day deals below to save you time and effort in seeking them out yourself.
Best iPad Memorial Day deals

The standard iPad is one of the best tablets for basic everyday tasks. The latest iPad 10th generation has a lot to love even if there are speedier models around. If you’re keen to keep costs down, here are the best iPad Memorial Day deals currently available, including both the latest model and the 9th generation iPad.

Read more
The best iPad Air cases in 2024
The TORRO iPad Air case.

For the first time in the product’s history, the iPad Air (2024) is now available in two sizes: 11-inch and 13-inch. Featuring the M2 chipset, the tablet includes a 12MP wide camera for 4K video and a 12MP landscape ultrawide front camera. It also supports the all-new Apple Pencil Pro.

Whether you've purchased one of these versions or an older iPad Air model, such as the fifth-generation iPad Air, buying a case to protect your investment is a good idea. Here are our favorite iPad Air cases.

Read more
Your next iPhone could have a feature straight out of a sci-fi movie
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro showing the screens.

Imagine you’ve just purchased Apple’s first foldable iPhone. On your way home from the local Apple Store, the phone slips out of your hands and falls onto the pavement, causing a small dent. While you could go back and pay Apple to repair it, there might be another solution: letting the phone repair itself.

The paragraph above certainly paints a picture of an Apple product many years away. Yet, some recently published Apple patents have been discovered that suggest future iPhones could have the ability to self-repair themselves.

Read more