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  • Facebook 5.1 for iOS Released [Updated]


    Facebook today updated their Mobile iOS application to version 5.1. The update adds more messaging features and easier ways to share photos via the app.

    Now when sending and receiving messages, you can see who is active and their last time of activity so you can know when to expect a reply from them. In addition, messaging has never been easier to get to than now, since you can just swipe left on the news feed to reveal your online contacts that can be messaged. The update also brings the ability to choose favorites for your messaging.

    Unfortunately, even after updating the application to be quicker with a ton of wonderful new features, Facebook manages to mess up the application yet again. Widespread reports of failures with the Facebook 5.1 update for iOS are popping up on support forums (such as here) and on Twitter that users cannot load their timelines.

    So what do these people do? They log out and try to log back in again to see if it remedies the issue. According to the complaints, users are not able to sign back into the application after signing out. Facebook’s mobile application will not accept your login information that you saved in the Settings application from iOS 6 and if you try to log in manually, you will also get the boot:



    We took the Facebook update for a spin ourselves and we can confirm the login issues. In fact, the screenshot above is from one of our own devices. The reports of login failure appear to be intermittent, however widespread. Some users even report having the issue on one device and being able to sign in just fine on another.

    For now, we recommend just sitting tight with whatever version of Facebook for iOS you have right now until Facebook can rectify the issues plaguing Facebook 5.1. If you choose to take a chance and flip the coin to see if it will work for you, we recommend backing up your current version of Facebook for iOS to iTunes so that if it doesn't work for you you can delete Facebook from your iOS device and re-sync the last working version.

    EDIT: Facebook doesn't appear to be giving us any problems logging in anymore. If you're interested in trying version 5.1 yourself, we still recommend that you back up your latest working version of Facebook for iOS through iTunes before doing so in order to prevent any problems. Better safe than sorry!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Facebook 5.1 for iOS Released, But You Probably Shouldn't Update... Yet started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Southern128's Avatar
      Southern128 -
      Quote Originally Posted by D.J.C. View Post
      My news feed is all messed up. I'm missing a ton of posts and they are all kinds of out of order
      I know what u mean. sometimes that happens to me too. It's not that big of a deal but going to recents or top stories doesn't help either. I just deal with it.
    1. towboattrash34's Avatar
      towboattrash34 -
      It's so messed up I haven't had a FB account in 2 yrs. lol. Have the app, but no account and don't want 1.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      I randomly have 14 notifications at all times.
    1. SirZyrion's Avatar
      SirZyrion -
      All this and we still can't use it in landscape mode anymore. Also, this new messaging feature means we can't delete posts anymore either. Swiping from the left opens the menu and swiping from the right opens up the messenger. This crap should be optional since I don't use the FB app for messaging. I use BeeJiveIM for IM. It would also be nice to Unfollow Posts from mobile devices instead of PC only. Multi-Photo uploading is cool though.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by SirZyrion View Post
      All this and we still can't use it in landscape mode anymore. Also, this new messaging feature means we can't delete posts anymore either. Swiping from the left opens the menu and swiping from the right opens up the messenger. This crap should be optional since I don't use the FB app for messaging. I use BeeJiveIM for IM. It would also be nice to Unfollow Posts from mobile devices instead of PC only. Multi-Photo uploading is cool though.
      You can still delete posts from your own wall. You can't swipe left to get to the messages pane from your wall. I never remember being able to delete posts from the news feed on iOS.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by SirZyrion View Post
      All this and we still can't use it in landscape mode anymore. Also, this new messaging feature means we can't delete posts anymore either. Swiping from the left opens the menu and swiping from the right opens up the messenger. This crap should be optional since I don't use the FB app for messaging. I use BeeJiveIM for IM. It would also be nice to Unfollow Posts from mobile devices instead of PC only. Multi-Photo uploading is cool though.
      Weird I can still delete posts. Also using Facebook in landscape mode on an iPhone was terrible. You could hardly see anything.