Nearly two months ago TechCrunch found and leaked Facebook’s iPad app. The code for the app was found in its entirety hidden within the code for the iPhone app. The man behind this feature complete official iPad Facebook App aired out his grievances with Facebook on his personal blog today.
Jeff Verkoeyen—the lead engineer for the iPad Facebook App—announced today on his blog he is leaving Facebook for a position at Google. Verkoeyen detailed his departure from Facebook and the frustrations his team faced developing the iPad Facebook app.
It is now nearly 5 months since the app was feature complete and I haven’t seen it released except for when the project was leaked on Techcrunch. Needless to say this was a frustrating experience for me. The experience of working on this app was a large contribution to the reasons why I left Facebook, though that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a difficult decision.— Verkoeyen
Facebook has gone on to combat iOS and other platforms with its Spartan project. Spartan is a giant HTML5 platform project Facebook is developing to provide users with the same Facebook experience native Android and iOS apps would without having to deal with Google or Apples terms and conditions. Facebook, as TechCrunch hypothesizes, could be using the native iPad app as a bargaining chip with Apple.
Verkoeyen clarified with TechCrunch that he hasn’t been working on the iPad app for some time now and that he enjoyed his time working on the app and he was in no way “trying to lash out at Facebook.”