According to The New York Times’ Nick Bilton, Facebook will be throwing away the app’s HTML5 dependencies and going fully native sometime next month.
According to two Facebook engineers who asked not be named because they are not authorized to speak about unreleased products, Facebook has completely rebuilt its iOS application to optimize for one thing: speed.
I had the opportunity to see the as-yet unreleased iPhone application, and it is fast. Blazing fast. The two engineers I spoke with said the new application is being tested by Facebook developers and is expected to be updated this summer.
Bilton notes that there won’t be substantial changes to the look of the app, just the internals would be getting a revamp.
Facebook adopted the HTML5 strategy to ensure ease of development across multiple platforms and pushing out updates easily, without waiting for Apple’s review provess. But eventually, it seems, user experience triumphs development convenience.