Facebook For iOS Updated, Adds Gifts Support, Improved Messaging

Facebook iOS Update

Facebook has just pushed an updated version of its iPhone application, bringing it to version 5.1. This update brings a few much requested features such as gifts support, multiple photo uploads as well as an improved messaging client. Here’s a short list of changes:

  • Now it’s easier to chat with your friends and share multiple photos.
  • Swipe left anywhere in the app to quickly see who’s available and send a message.
  • Add friends you message most to the top of your Favorites.
  • Share multiple photos fast.
  • Give real gifts to your friends using Facebook Gifts (US-only).
  • When sending messages, see who’s active so you and your friends know how soon to expect a reply.

When you first update your Facebook app, you may notice that an extra button has been added towards the upper right-hand corner of your screen. This button allows you to contact your “Facebook favorites.” Facebook favorites are the people who you interact with most on Facebook, whether it’s over private message or comment threads.

Facebook Gift support has also been added to the iOS application. If you don’t already know, Facebook Gifts is a new way to send real world gifts to your friends via Facebook. As of now, the service is only available to US citizens but should receive a worldwide rollout soon.

Andrew is a geek, Apple enthusiast, blogger and coffee lover from Chicago.