Facebook Bringing Chat Heads to Its iOS Apps, Updated iPad Version With New Streamlined Design [Update: Live]

Facebook is bringing the new Chat Heads feature from Facebook Home to its iOS app, reports All Things D. The update to the iOS Facebook app should go live later today. It was previously reported that Facebook was in negotiations with Apple to bring 'Home' to iOS, but Facebook can bring some of the new features straight to its app, without extensive support from Apple.

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The Verge got a hands-on preview of the new app:

Within the Facebook app, you can pop-out Chat Heads for your conversations, but they won't work anywhere else because of the way that iOS keeps apps sandboxed. Just as with Android, Chat Heads pop out on incoming Facebook Messages (but not for SMS), or you can open a new one directly yourself. You can drag them around to reposition them, and when they're open you have immediate access to your conversation on top of whatever you're doing on Facebook. On the iPad's larger screen, Facebook has decided to array them vertically on the left instead of horizontally across the top.


Facebook has implemented 'Stickers', which are large emoji-like images that can be sent to friends. There is also a new 'store' where users can download packs of stickers. The company has also redesigned its iPad app, streamlining and optimizing it for the iPad's larger screen size.

Update: Facebook 6.0 is now live in the App Store. [Direct Link]

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slffl Avatar
145 months ago
Sandboxing is what keeps iOS secure, yet the bloggers turn this into a negative for iOS. Pathetic.

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Chat heads outside the app is a lot cooler; looks great on my Nexus. Maybe someone can do a jailbreak app for it.
Cool and also what allows malware to install onto your nexus from the Google Play store then transfer to your PC, record audio, and upload it to China.

Also while we'll never allow Android devices in our organization.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AQUADock Avatar
145 months ago
Meh, it only works inside the Facebook app.

And that's a bad thing?
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RawBert Avatar
145 months ago
FB should have a thumbs down button. MR too.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ItsWelshy Avatar
145 months ago
"Chatheads" - Probably the most stupid name to ever be linked to a software feature.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NutsNGum Avatar
145 months ago
Sandboxing is what keeps iOS secure, yet the bloggers turn this into a negative for iOS. Pathetic.

Yeah. Some people are obviously keen to see McAfee for iPhone.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
drewyboy Avatar
145 months ago
Am I the only one that sees FB reinventing the wheel? Why do I need chat in FB? I've got SMS & iMessage. All "free" anyways. I've noticed that I get SMS/iMessage replies way more quickly then messages I send to ppl on FB. They're reinventing the wheel and trying to force it upon ppl to show why you need it "because everyone is on it"... self fulfilling prophecy. No thanks. I just keep checking FB less and less :)
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)