iOS App Update: New Facebook 5.1 App Brings New Features [Download]

By Sidharth | Apple

iOS version of Facebook updated on App Store

Facebook 5.1 brings new changes to iOS 6/5 devices.

Facebook released an update to its mobile app this week, fixing bugs and bringing new changes for iOS users. No interface and design changes were involved in this update, and it’s safe to say that the new update inherits features that were already available on other Facebook apps like the Camera and Instant Messenger app.

Version 5.1 brings a couple of important changes. To send a message to your friend who is online on Facebook, tap on the top-right button. This will display all your friends who are actively using Facebook on their desktop and mobile phones.

Now you can also chat with your buddies in real-time.

Facebook recently rolled out Gifts (note: ignore Gifts spam invite emails) to its desktop users. The feature is available on iOS devices — iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices — although it is still limited to the US crowd.

Adding and sharing multiple photos is easier, and Facebook believes it’s even more faster.

The mobile Facebook app doesn’t show when was the last time your friend read your message, but you can find out if they are available online or not. Head over to the Messages section on your iOS device, choose your friend you recently had a conversation with, and check the header — “active now” means your friend is available. Alternately, you can swipe right to know the last time your friend logged into their Facebook account.

Swipe left to get the usual menu, but here you will find a new button next to News Feed. This will give you the choice to select top stories or view the recently posted updates on your timeline.

To sum it up, here’s what’s new on iOS Facebook 5.1 app:

  • Swipe left anywhere in the app to quickly see who’s available and send a message
  • Add friends you message most to the top of your Favorites
  • Share multiple photos fast
  • Give real gifts to your friends using Facebook Gifts (US-only)
  • When sending messages, see who’s active so you and your friends know how soon to expect a reply

Another interesting feature, which surprisingly wasn’t mentioned on the iTunes page, is the ability to add effects to the photos.

Previously, to customise photos, one had to use Facebook’s Camera app, but these features have been embedded into the main app — rendering the camera app almost useless. One can add filters using the new Facebook 5.1 app — Contrast, Cream, Black & White, etc. — to make photos look even more better.

Some users have reported that Facebook crashes on their iOS 6 devices, but we haven’t noticed any crash during our brief encounter with this updated app on our iPhone 4S.

Around 33% of the Facebook traffic comes from mobile phones, and over 65% smartphone users have visited Facebook at least once. Those numbers clearly indicates the importance and need of a solid mobile app.

Download Facebook App

If you haven’t downloaded the Facebook iOS app yet, go to the link given below. If you are reading this article from one of your iOS devices, and you already have Facebook installed, then update the app by tapping on the App Store icon -> Updates.

Download Facebook iOS app [iTunes App Store link]

iOS Facebook app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires at least iOS 4.3. Tested on iOS 5 and iOS 6 devices.

What do you think about the new Facebook app? Any crashes? Is it just too slow? Share your thoughts through the comment section below!

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Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!