Facebook for iPad Launches Retina Version -- But Still No Timeline

Chris Taylor
April 2, 2012

Use Facebook on your new iPad? Then you'll be glad of its latest incremental update, version 4.11, built for the third generation tablet's HD retina display.

As you'd expect, all the icons and photos look much sharper. Jagged edges are banished. You can finally show off your Facebook photo albums on your new iPad without embarrassment.

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There's a host of hotly requested new features in the update, such as the ability to sign out of chat while remaining in the app (so you can browse Facebook without letting people know you're online). Notifications, which had an annoying habit of popping up even after you'd asked them not to, have been fixed.

But there's one feature the iPad app still lacks -- support for Facebook Timeline.

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This is an odd omission, given that Facebook is in the process of switching users and brands over to Timeline-based profiles at a speedy clip, whether they like it or not. All that effort designers are putting into prettifying their Timelines will be for naught if the user happens to be looking at the page on an iPad; they'll just see the same old scrolling profile page.

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We're awaiting comment from Facebook about when we can expect to see a Timeline update. Our guess: The iPad team is scrambling to play catch-up, given that the app itself only launched in October. But we're sure that the social network wants to show off just how cool those image-rich Timeline profiles look on a crisp retina display just as much as any designers do.

Do you like the look of Facebook photos on the new iPad? Let us know in the comments.

1. Red Bull

Not only has Red Bull taken advantage of Timeline, it has also created a scavenger hunt with prizes to get fans interacting with the company's history.

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