June 28, 2012 at 1:26 PM ET
Facebook's iPhone app will be getting a much-needed improvement in speed, something users have been complaining about for awhile.
The social network is a rich experience on the iPhone, but that richness has a lot of complexity behind it, and that has been contributing to making the app more tortoise-like.
Two Facebook engineers, speaking anonymously to the New York Times, said that the Facebook has rebuilt the app to optimize it for speed.
We asked Facebook about the change. "We don't comment on rumor and speculation," a spokesperson told msnbc.com.
The engineers said the new app, due sometime this summer, is being mainly built using Objective-C, the programming language used to build apps for Apple's iOS. They told the Times that many of the components of the existing version of the Facebook app use Web-based HTML5.
"The current version of the app is essentially an Objective-C shell with a Web browser inside. When it comes to speed, this is like putting the engine of a Smart Car in the body of a Ferrari," said the Times.
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