Many developers have released updated versions of their apps this week to correspond with the launch of iOS 7. Facebook is no exception; the social network has completely redesigned its mobile app to fit within the new operating system.
Most notably, the company has moved its main navigation bar to the bottom of the screen, allowing members to seamlessly switch between News Feed, Requests, Messages, and Notifications without losing their place in other tabs.
This new design also eliminates the tool bar that slid out from the left side of the screen. If people want to access Timeline, Groups, Photos, or Events, they can now do so through the More tab found at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
Facebook has also made the top title bar translucent and many of its icons to match the style of Apple’s new OS. Ultimately this won’t have much of an impact on your day-to-day use of the app — although if you heavily rely on it, it could take a few days to get used to the new navigation.
The new version is also available to people using iOS 5 or iOS 6, although there are minor style differences between them, including color of the navigation bar. Currently this version is only available for iPhone, and it won’t affect Facebook’s Android app.
iPad users will still see the old design. According to a spokesperson for the company, Facebook has no plans to bring the new version to iPad as the old look is a “better fit” for how people navigate on tablets.
iPad users will still see the old design. According to a Facebook spokesperson, the com pay has no plans to bring it to iPad, as the old look is a “better fit” for how people navigate the platform on tablets.
You can download the new version today from the App Store.
Jennifer Beese: Jennifer Beese has worked as a community manager and social media strategist. When she’s not writing, you can find her studying anatomy and physiology—she literally has a skeleton in her closet—or under the stars with her telescope.