Facebook 6.0 arrives with Chat Heads, new iPad UI, revamped News Feed, stickers

By , Apr 16, 2013

Facebook 6.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Facebook 6.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

As promised, the new Facebook version 6.0 update has just dropped on the App Store, bringing out a number of new features such as Chat Heads borrowed from Facebook Home for Android, a redesigned user interface on the iPad focused on the new News Feed which was announced in March, stickers in chat windows and more.

Get downloading and read the following one-line disclaimer from Facebook before you jump straight to the comments:

“Chat Heads and stickers will be available to everyone over the next few weeks”.

There, it’s a staggered roll-out, you’ve been warned…

Check out the new Chat Heads and chat stickers on a pair of screenies top of post.

Now you can keep chatting even when you’re doing other stuff on Facebook, like checking your News Feed.

To reply to a message, just tap Chat Heads. You can drag them around or flick them down to close.

To add stickers to your messages, just tap the smiley icon. Some stickers are free and others can be purchased in the Sticker Store revealed upon tapping the basket icon.

This is the new News Feed layout on an iPhone.

Facebook 6.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)Facebook 6.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)

And here’s what it looks like on an iPad.

Facebook 6.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 002)FAcebook 6.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 004)

At least it no longer looks like a blown-up iPhone interface, no?

“The biggest change is on iPad, where you’ll see brighter, more beautiful stories,” reads a media release.

Indeed, you can now browse your News Feed by Music, Photos, Games and other categories.

Your release notes for Facebook 6.0:

Brand new ways to chat and a cleaner look for News Feed.

New for iPhone
• Keep chatting from anywhere in the app with chat heads
• Send stickers to bring your messages to life
• Explore new feeds like Music, Photos and Games

New for iPad
• Keep chatting from anywhere in the app with chat heads
• Browse brighter, more beautiful stories

Chat heads and stickers will be available to everyone over the next few weeks.

Another iPad screenshot…

Facebook 6.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 003)

The Verge took a nice hands-on look at the new Facebook 6.0.

By the way, Letterpress developer and former Apple designer Loren Brichter lent help to the social networking giant on Facebook Home, per the following tweet by Facebook designer Mike Matas.

Facebook 6.0 is a free universal binary download available now on the App Store.

Facebook 6.0 (App Store release notes)

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How do you like these new features?

Chat Heads, anyone?

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  • JDFS

    So this version doesn’t include the News Feed update yet?

    Edit: Downloaded it, and apparently not. How unfortunate. Really hate the Facebook News Feed as it is now!

    • You right, the news feed now looks bad…..

    • My only issue with the newsfeed is that it’s default sort is set to “Top stories”, I much prefer to read any updates in chronological order.

      • Scroll down as if you were to pull down to refresh and choose sort order to most recent. It’s not default, but it’s something.

      • Thanks. Yeah, I noticed that this morning when noticing that oh so familiar cog icon had disappeared and went on the hunt haha

  • Chats head are not working for me

    • Try to remove the facebook app and reinstall it

      • letin

        i removed many times but it also isn’t work for me! :(

    • mine too,, all of my friend who tried logging in on my ipad has chats head except for my damn profile!

  • hop that brand new chat heads do not slow or make the facebook app crach

    • It’s not, but the news feed looks uncomfortable..

      • Yeah, whilst they are of an appropriate size, I did notice that were always in the way or otherwise distracting. Ha. Getting distracted from Facebook, that’s a new one.

  • Chat heads working for me. Rather liking them, I see what they meant about having fun just throwing them around the screen, even played a sort of golf, getting it into the close section haha.

  • on my it says chat heads and stickers coming soon on the update, any idea when we will get it in the Uk

  • Much better than “Facebook home” but… more important that that…

    Where’s the “Goodbye Clutter?”

    facebook com/about/newsfeed

  • No chat heads here :(

  • Mustang5Oh

    I got the chat heads and it’s kind of nice for chatting honestly. Not something I’d want on my homescreen or in other apps like FB home but cool on the iPad for sure.

  • Dri

    Chat head is here but not the stickers. From Denmark

  • hakeem

    i got chat head.. but no stickers.. :(

  • no chat stickers here :(

    • KyRuMo

      Close the app via task manager and see if the happy face is in the text entry field

    • Sina

      Google “Enable chat stickers ios now” and follow the instruction from imore link.

  • Landscape mode?

  • Anon

    I like this version. Very smooth.

  • I do not have chat head or stickers on iphone or ipad mini both no chat head any help i remove the app and install it again same problem

  • Great i got the Chat Heads!

  • no chat stickers here

  • To people saying they don’t have chat heads or stickers:
    “read the following one-line disclaimer from Facebook before you jump straight to the comments:

    “Chat Heads and stickers will be available to everyone over the next few weeks”.

    There, it’s a staggered roll-out, you’ve been warned…”

  • Cool but is the no sound notification bug fixed?

  • f1ght3r

    I’m over Facebook. It’s lame and people are annoying. Is it just me?

  • First time I actually enjoy using the Facebook iPhone app!

  • This needs to be a system wide tweak for the messages app and not restricted to FB. Jailbreak community?

  • KyRuMo

    Everything is working now

  • Now that Chat Heads makes messages a breeze on the Facebook app, will the Messenger app still be getting updated?

    What is the point of the Messenger app now (besides the fact that is seems to get push notifications more reliably)?

  • chatting even when you’re doing other stuff on Facebook !
    Chat Stickers !
    i don’t have thes featurin update ??

  • I ain’t updating till all the bugs are fixed that’s y I stayed with 5.2.1 for a long time now.. So tell me guys does 6.0 have any buggy issues?

  • Does Android get Stickers ?

  • Melan

    Stickers on Web is tooooooooooo big :/ anyway coool!!

  • Jeffrey Yeo

    very not used to the new newsfeed…. previously when i fire up fb app the newsfeed will show either most recent or the other one depending on what i choose during my last session. now it shows feeds from all friends and the timing of the posts are irregular and i have to manually tap and change to choose to see most recent posts… no good.
    Stickers/chat heads… nothing spectacular…
    this has got to be the weakest fb app update as i hardly see any improvement.

  • letin

    Chats head are not working for me :(((((((((

    • It’s not working for me either. Only stickers and the new news feed.

  • Does anyone know if there is a method to rotate the Facebook App on the iPhone?

  • Firdaus Sabtu

    No more subscription list..:(

  • Can I get the new news feed without the chat heads? I hate hate HATE when things pop up over what I’m doing.

  • How come my iPhone 4 did not get chat heads? ):

  • yup and as usually this app freezes randomly and does not update properly and has memory leaks..lol silly facebook app

  • I was excited to get the chat heads and other new features. I told a bunch of friends to download it and they all got chat heads and I did not. :( that totally stinks. >:(

  • How can I remove or turn off chat heads (iPhone 5)? They are so annoying.

  • The stickers look like the work of David Lanham. I sure hope they are! I’ll use them if thats the case. I have a half-sleeve tattoo of his work.

    • lol why would someone downvote this? haha. David Lanham did design the chat stickers in the article. He’s also the person who designed Ollie, the Twitterrific bird which predates Twitter even having a bird as a mascot.

  • any way to turn off these dumb chat heads??!!!!

  • Heco

    Why would they integrate such an ANNOYING feature without providing the option to disable. My iPhone just got a little more USELESS.

  • heco

    Those chat heads have totally destroyed privacy with inboxing. DISASTER

  • mr_boozenik

    How the XO@#! do I turn off the idiotic “chat heads” “feature” on Facebook for iPhone?

  • why cant i get the new facebook smiley faces on my samsung note 2 when other people have the same phone and they can do it ? i do not have the :) in the box where the text shows up when i type and everything is updated on my cell??????

  • Laraib Qureshi

    You right, the news feed now looks bad…..