Today iPad users noticed the badge number on their App Store app go up by one, that is if they have Facebook installed. So what’s in the Facebook v4.1.1 update? The long-awaited Retina display support, offline chat status, expanded localization, and a few bug fixes, naturally. However, the biggest of these four is most likely the Retina support, which we reported on Friday.
To run through the update:
The Retina display support lets the social application take full advantage of the new iPad’s 2048×1536 pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch. The offline chat status option can now be toggled by tapping on the settings icon and choosing to either go offline or online. However, as usual with the official Facebook app, there was disappointment with this app update: no Timeline. Unlike its sister iPhone app, Facebook for iPad remains “old-looking.”
The bug fixes solve the following issues:
- Profile picture appears for everyone
- Friends lists now includes all your friends all the time
- In sets of photos, your name is displayed correctly
- Friend-request notification only lights up if there’s a new request
Contrary to my opening statement, as AppAdvice pointed out, some folks aren’t seeing an option to update Facebook to v4.1.1. If you’re such a user, there’s an easy fix. Go into the Applications app and search for the Facebook app as if you don’t have it. When you spot it in the search, the blue box on the right should say “update” instead of “install” or “$x.xx.” Click that button and you’ll be good to go.