Facebook will launch the iPad application and an updated iPhone app at the Oct. 4 event, Mashable reported on Monday. Recent reports suggested that Apple will announce the fifth-generation iPhone ">next Tuesday ">will be hosted
">next Tuesdayand that the event
">will be hostedon Appleâs campus, although the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has not yet issued press invites for the keynote.
On Monday, Facebook's former lead developer for the iPad app, Jeff Verkoeyen, revealed that he had left the social networking company in part because of personal frustrations at the slow progress made by the company after the project reached the feature-complete stage in May. The feature-complete phase is usually the final step before beta tests can take place.
In June, it was reported that the Facebook for iPad application ">would launch ">in July ">blocked access
">would launchin weeks. iOS users even found access to the app hidden inside the current version of the iPhone app
">in July, but the social networking giant quickly
">blocked accessto it.
The appâs repeated delays were explained by Mashableâs sources as stemming from a âcombination of timing and strained relationship with Apple.â Recent disagreements over Facebook integration in iOS and Facebook Connect support in Apple's ">Ping
">Pingsocial music service are believed to have contributed to the growing tension between the two companies.
Given that the original iPad was announced more than a year and a half ago, the fact that Facebook has yet to release an iPad app has been viewed by some as a slight to Apple. Several reports have suggested that the company held the native iPad app as leverage in negotiations with Apple.
The forthcoming update to the Facebook for iPhone app is expected to offer âdesign and speed improvements that mimic the iPad app,â the publication noted.
Facebook is also rumored to unveil its own HTML5-based mobile app store, currently known by the codename âProject Spartan,â at the Apple event. Project Spartan is said to be a ">mobile platform
">mobile platformthat will offer developers the means of porting Facebook apps to mobile devices via HTML5-based web apps.
First rumored in June, the project has reportedly gained Apple's support. According to Monday's report, the company apparently decided not to announce it at last weekâs F8 developer conference so as not to distract from new Facebook features such as the Timeline and the Facebook Open Graph.