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Facebook finally releases iPad app

October 10, 2011 |  1:54 pm

Facebook iPad App

Facebook's on-again, off-again plans for an iPad app have finally reached fruition.

After months of breathless speculation, Facebook rolled out the long-awaited app Monday. It's available free from the Apple App Store, has bigger photos and lets you play games on the go. 

Apple and Facebook had been in negotiations over the app for months.

So much for predictions. Bloggers had assured us that the iPad app would be unveiled at Apple's iPhone 5 event last week. Of course, Apple did not unveil the iPhone 5 then either. (It was the 4S.)

The iPad app could be a boon for Apple. None of the tablets running Google's Android software have a tailor-made Facebook app.

For Facebook the benefits are obvious: An iPad app will help keep people tethered to Facebook.

Facebook also added support for social games on mobile versions of its social networking service. And that's clearly a win for Zynga.

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-- Jessica Guynn

twitter.com/jguynn

Product image: Notifications and messages are available at the top of every screen. Credit: Facebook

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