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

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.

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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?