Waiting on the edge of your seat for Facebook to release an iPad app? Youâ€™re going to have to wait a while longer.Moments ago at Facebookâ€™s mobile press event, I asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Mobile VP Erik Tseng whether the company is building an iPad app and when we could expect it to be released. The resulting exchange was extremely entertaining.This is an excellent summary of our first exchange over Facebook for iPad:
After a bit more back-and-forth between Zuckerberg and me, Tseng stepped in to explain that Facebook is still trying to figure out its approach and strategy for tablet devices. Because tablets are a new form factor, it requires a new approach.The real hint to Facebookâ€™s iPad plans, though, is that Tseng focused on the form factor and not iOS. This could mean that Facebookâ€™s looking to build an HTML5 version of its website optimized for tablets. At the very least, Facebook seems intent on keeping a consistent experience across all tablet devices.In the meantime though, Tseng points out that Facebook is accessible via the iPad through the official website (which is pretty darn functional) and through touch.facebook.com.Zuckerberg eventually took back the microphone to explain that he doesnâ€™t have anything against Apple, but that he doesnâ€™t think of the iPad in the same class as the iPhone or Android and wanted to focus the event on that.In other words, the iPad app isnâ€™t imminent, but clearly the company has thought about it and is working on a version of Facebook designed for the tablet.
Author: Mashable.com / Posted: 03-11-2010