A while back we heard quite a bit about the Facebook app for iPad. In fact, it had been completed, but remained unreleased and tucked away within the Facebook for iOS app code.
Website TechCrunch managed to find it and preview the app, but it was never released. It may not be released anytime soon, either.
What happened? According to one developer, the app is complete. The version that TechCrunch found is actually the app in its completed form. Jeff Verkoeyen, lead engineer for the app worked on it for eight months. The project was so frustrating for him that it’s one of the main reasons he left Facebook to join Google.
Here’s part of his blog post, via TechCrunch:
“It is now nearly 5 months since the app was feature complete and I haven’t seen it released except for when the project was leaked on Techcrunch. Needless to say this was a frustrating experience for me. The experience of working on this app was a large contribution to the reasons why I left Facebook, though that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a difficult decision.”
What’s more? It seems that much of the troubles may come from Apple and Facebook’s relationship. It’s not clear what exactly is going on, but it seems that the two have not exactly been able to get along and agree on terms for the App. This may be part of the reason for Twitter integration in iOS 5 rather than Facebook integration. It’s may also be why the Project Spartan thing was such a big deal. It’s some sort of HTML platform said to be in the works by Facebook.