As it promised a few weeks ago, Facebook today has released a major iOS SDK update for developers. SDK 3.0 Beta is chock-full of features that will enable iOS developers to start taking advantage of Apple’s newfound relationship with the social network.

During its WWDC keynote last month, Apple announced system-level Facebook integration into both Mac OS X and iOS 6. Not only does this give users an additional outlet to share content, but it also means there will soon be no more need for OAuth…

What’s OAuth, you ask? It’s when an app asks you to authenticate yourself through Facebook, forcing you into the Facebook app or some poorly-designed website. In iOS 6, however, Facebook login credentials will be available system-wide.

But perhaps the most exciting thing about SDK 3.0 for iOS, as MG Siegler points out, is the fact that there’s not a lot of talk about HTML5. It’s all “Native” and “Objective-C,” reiterating earlier reports that Facebook’s app is going to be getting a much-needed makeover.

Obviously, this SDK is still in Beta, as is iOS 6. But come this fall, we imagine we’ll be seeing an onslaught of Facebook-dependent applications. If you’re a developer, and you want to check out the SDK for yourself, you can find it here.

[The Loop]

  • Facebook also promised a faster mobile app, I still don’t see it

    • 1337lolzorz

      Yeah still waiting on that one also

    • Try reading some of the articles on here before you speak. Taken for the other article: “Facebook has completely rebuilt its iOS application to optimize for one thing: speed… Many of the components of the current version of the
      Facebook app are built using HTML5, a Web-based programming language…
      The current version of the app is essentially an Objective-C shell with a
      Web browser inside.”


      • Im not speaking Im typing*

        Facebook has not rolled out the HTML5 update for the app yet. This is just the SDK to integrate into other applications

        LAWYERED isn’t a word

      • It’s other way around. Current version of Facebook is the Objective-C Shell with a web browser inside. That’s what makes it slow. A web browser cannot access the hardware.

        Now to make it clear. The news feed within the app in this current version is HTML5. The update that will be released will not have the news feed in HTML5. It will be built in Objective-C, which can tap into the hardware, thus making it way faster than before.

      • It sure is to me.

  • Marty Cunnane

    Will Facebook and other apps be able to access the status bar like the new twitter app does?