It’s no secret folks love using the Facebook app on their iPhones and it seemed like just a matter of time before a dedicated Facebook app made its way over to the iPad. Funny story – sometimes foregone conclusions aren’t as foregone as you think, and it would seem that Facebook currently has no immediate plans to create an iPad app. The reason? Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that the iPad “Isn’t mobile.”
The initial response to such a statement is one of sound and fury, but it seems that Facebook’s true planning is actually a bit more elegant than Zuckerberg let on. According to company Mobile VP Erik Tseng, Facebook is trying to figure out a unified strategy across all tablet devices so that there can be one tablet-optimized Facebook for Apple, Dell, HP, etc. The thinking goes that Facebook is currently tinkering with an HTML5 version of the service which will present a user-friendly, unified experience across all devices.
Furthermore, Facebook fanatics can still put up wall posts or upload embarrassing pictures via the traditional Facebook website which is easily accessible on the iPad’s web browser. It may not be as streamlined or elegant as the iPhone’s Facebook app, but it’s still perfectly functional.
Even though there’s no official iPad Facebook app on the immediate horizon things are far from dire. While it would be nice to go to an tablet optimized version of the social networking site in one click, having to navigate for a few more seconds has never killed anyone and it won’t start now. I’m sure we’ll all find a way to manage somehow, and we’d rather Facebook take their time and get it right then rush out a half-baked app that barely works and proves to be more cumbersome than helpful.