Mark Zuckerberg, the guy from The Social Network movie, just confirmed that Facebook is not working on an app for iPad during Facebook’s Mobile Event.
The reason is rather lame: “iPad is not mobile…it’s a computer”. So no native app when a platform is not mobile? What an excuse to give a sub-par user experience on the iPad, as Facebook definitely is not customizing its web app for the tablet touch platform as well, unlike Google who does a great job for GMail for example.
Nevertheless it’s great news for third party iOS developers who now can gain from developing a Facebook app for iPad.
11:28AM Q: So, the iPad has been out for a while — are you building an iPad app?
11:29AM A: (Zuckerberg) The iPad’s not mobile. Next question.
11:29AM Q: I think Apple would disagree.
11:29AM A: (Zuckerberg) It’s a computer. Sorry. (laughter)
11:30AM A: (Erick) The broader question is how do we scale to a tablet form factor without locking ourselves in.
11:30AM A: (Zuckerberg) I don’t want to be rude to Apple — we all love Apple products — but this is a mobile event and we want to stay focused on that. The iPad isn’t mobile in the same way.