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Snap judgment: The long-awaited update to the Facebook iPhone app

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Facebook-iphone_lBesides the mail, phone, and maps apps, it’s hard to think of an icon on my iPhone that I tap on more than Facebook. So when a major update appeared yesterday—3.0 if you keep track of these things—you probably heard FB addicts like me breathe a collective sigh of “finally!”

The version that it replaced wasn’t terrible; it was merely serviceable. You could perform basic FB tasks such as posting status updates to your profile and making friend requests, but it was a pipe dream to delve into only slightly-more-involved tasks like accessing events or managing your photo albums. With 3.0, these things are possible, as well as many other features that have long been on everyone’s wish lists.

The home screen has a completely new layout that you can tweak by rearranging the order of the icons. You can even create shortcuts to your favorite friends and give them prime real estate on your main screen. 3.0 also adds a built-in web browser, landscape mode, and if you have an iPhone 3GS, the ability to upload videos to your albums. I still don’t get why I can’t edit my profile right from the iPhone app (right now you can only change your profile picture), but overall, this is a solid update.

What do you think of it, PopWatchers? Is there anything left to add to the next iPhone Facebook app?