Facebook app for iPhone redesigned

Johan Berndtsson

Email, contacts, sms, calender, maps, camera etc. which are "default" apps on iPhone require no installation for a customer. AdditionaIly to these "default" apps, people install, download and use various different apps through App Store and iTunes. 

I personally use the facebook app on a daily basis, and to my surprise facebook carried out a makeover, upgrade of the facebook app last week without previously notifying me as a user.

The home screen, is now a page where customers must choose and I cannot understand what logic is behind the order of the functionality and icons:

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Why is News Feed first? Isn't Profile (users own profile) the most important "Home page", and why is the page not customizable?

This page is empty and customers are suppose to add pages, friends but the interaction principles are unclear of selecting/deselecting shortcuts.

Why is "Wall" more important than "Info" and "Photos"?

Overall, I would like to know which principles facebook designers are applying and if they consider that customers most likely are utilizing the facebook app differently that the web-version of facebook?

What's clearly improved are images, photos (viewable on facebook app) which are shown in higher resolution and actually pleasent in comparison to previous image quality.

So, what do you think about the redesign of the iPhone facebook app.

/Zayera Khan

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  • Peter

    You can rearrange the icons at the home screen. Try to tap and hold on an icon, the same way you do with iphone home screen. I'm not sure what I think about the new app. I feel less efficient while using it, is it just me or do I need more taps/clicks to do everyday stuff on this facebook version than the older one? Feels like it..

  • Zayera Khan

    Thanks for the tip about the home screen. I agree that more taps/clicks are needed with the new app.

  • Sara

    The first couple of times I thought the new app was not as good as the previous, but I have changed my mind. I perceive the new app more clean and not so messy as the web application. I mostly visit FB through my iPhone nowadays!

  • Peter

    Are you referring to the previous native facebook app for the iPhone, or the web application (m.facebook.com)?

  • Zayera Khan

    Native app for iPhone.

  • Tom

    I also agree that some things now require more effort. For me, the most annoying thing with the new app is that you have to jump from the news feed to the main menu to see unread messages and other notifications. (Although notifications are sometimes - but not always - shown at the bottom of the newsfeed screen.) However, I would definitely say that the news feed is more important than your own profile. I use Facebook mainly for two things: stay up to date with what my friends do and update my own status, both of which can be accomplished from the news feed page. I see no reason to visit my own profile page. I also consider the wall more interesting than photos and info, since most of the action happens on the wall anyway. The other two are typically not updated as often and thus of less interest to me.