Facebook is currently working on major updates for the main Facebook app as well as its standalone messaging app, Messenger.
One of the main features of the updated Facebook iOS app would be the addition of Graph Search, Facebook’s recently launched search tool that lets you use natural language to browse people, photos, pages etc. You can enter queries like “Photos of my friends in New York”, “Music my friends like”, “People who like Cycling” and so on, and expect results accordingly. Graph search would be accessible from the search bar in the app, as seen in these leaked screenshots posted by 9to5Mac:
Facebook Messenger is being currently tested inside Facebook as two versions, one very similar to the stock iOS Messages app and the other with an iOS 7-like design heavy on white space. The second version, which is more likely to ship to end-users, includes a tab bar at the bottom for active chats, contacts and settings. The updated Messenger app will also let you message people from your contact list, provided they have Facebook accounts. There’s still no word, however, as to whether this update will add iPad support.
9to5Mac also notes that Greg Novick, a Facebook engineer hired from Apple to help revamp the Facebook app with native code, has now gone back to Apple. In his earlier role at Apple, Novick helped develop the first version of the Phone and Mail app on the iPhone.