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Although Apple’s new iPhones have been in stores for more than a week now and developers are scrambling to update their apps with native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

And while users are still waiting for an iPhone 6 optimized edition of WhatsApp, the social networking giant Facebook has now updated the Messenger iOS app with native iPhone 6 support.

Another important piece of software has also received its iPhone 6-focused refresh today, Amazon’s Kindle for the iPhone and iPad. Both Facebook Messenger and Amazon Kindle are available free of charge in the App Store.

If you’re a proud owner of the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you may have noticed that the apps that have not yet been refreshed for the new iPhone resolutions look a bit fuzzy when scaled up to fill the whole screen.

“Now updated for iPhone 6,” read release notes accompanying the 38.8-megabyte Messenger 13.0 download. A month ago, another Messenger update has fixed a security flaw which forced users’ iPhones to place expensive calls automatically, racking up a large service bill.

Messaging features are no longer available in Facebook’s main mobile client as the company focuses on turning Messenger into the ultimate messaging solution. If you’re a Facebook Messenger fan, take it for a spin on your tablet — the app takes full advantage of the iPad’s bigger canvas.

Kindle 4.5 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

As for Kindle, the latest version 4.5.1 includes the iPhone 6 support as well as bug fixes and stability improvements. Less than 24 hours following iOS 8’s public release, Amazon was among the first to refresh its app with a nice Today widget within the iOS 8 Notification Center, as seen on the screenshot below.

Kindle 4.5 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Featuring note exporting, Wikipedia integration and other cool features, the 40.5-megabyte Kindle app runs on any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad supported by iOS 7.0 or later. And if you live in the Amazon world, their new all-you-can-eat $9.99 per month Kindle Unlimited e-book and audiobook plan may be of interest to you.

Apple maintains a running list of “Apps & Games for iPhone 6” on the App Store so give it a quick look to determine if your favorite apps feature native iPhone 6 support.

[App Store: Kindle and Facebook Messenger]

  • Eikast

    The Facebook messenger app on the iPhone doesn’t show the suggested word when using SwiftKey

    • G-HaB

      go into your keyboard settings and allow full access for swiftkey

  • Rot Kelfer

    “a Facebook Messenger fan”? what’s that?

    • Mohammed Sahib

      It is for those who believe that passive cooling with a heat sink is not enough, like those who live in hot climates, you know.

    • jack

      good question.

    • Marcus

      Facebook Messenger is awesome… It’s far superior to messages in the regular Facebook app. If I want to message someone, I don’t have to open the entire Facebook app. It’s much simpler and is a great app.

      • Rot Kelfer

        If I want to message someone, I have to open another app.

      • Marcus

        So you’re saying if you’re already in the Facebook app… You don’t like to open another app to message someone?

      • Rot Kelfer

        yes. I like to have everything in one place.
        I’m not saying that having two apps – one for news and one for messaging – is bad in itself; I’m saying forcing people to have two installed is.

      • Rot Kelfer

        That’s exactly right. I don’t.
        I don’t *HATE* the idea of a separate app. Sure. If someone likes it, that’s great. Give them the choice. BUT don’t take mine away.

      • Marcus

        Ok, I can understand that. I actually agree with you in that respect, but I doubt Facebook will ever do anything about that.

  • Fevostone

    Why not update Facebook first..?? I’m waiting for you tube and viber to be updated as I use these apps the most.

    • James Gunaca

      Seriously! They go with Paper first, then Messenger before updating the primary Facebook client that most people use? Ridiculous.

      • Fevostone

        Bang on pal I can’t get my head round it me self.

      • James Gunaca

        Facebook finally pushes an iOS 8 update this week…still no proper iPhone 6 support.

    • Fede777

      Check NOW

      • Fevostone

        Still not updated for iPhone 6 or 6 plus mate just updated.

  • G-HaB

    finally they updated the facebook messenger app i use it more then any other messaging app including the stock imessage app as well. it’s too bad they dont have quick reply for fb messenger and also the gif keyboard doest work well with it

  • Squillace

    I still can’t interact with the new iOS 8.0 notifications when someone sends me a message. Wasn’t it supposed to work?

  • Willian Viana

    They just released an update for Facebook app and… No iPhone 6 screen support. WTF?