Facebook is said to be rebuilding its iOS mobile client application for faster performance.
A report from the New York Times cited two Facebook engineers in in claiming that the company is in the process of re-engineering the social networking application it offers for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
According to the report, Facebook will replace a number of components in the app which had been based on HTML5 to the iOS-native Objective C programming language. The report suggests that the native code will be able to render windows and update data faster.
The updated app is believed to be slated for release later this Summer.
When released, the iOS version of the Facebook application will have a new challenger in the social networking space.
Earlier this week, Google unveiled a client application for its Google+ social networking service. The company said that the iPad version of the application had been specially crafted by the company for the larger screen and higher resolution on the Apple tablet.
The report comes as Facebook seeks to not only fend off competition from Google+, but also to win back the trust of investors following a disastrous initial public offering (IPO). Once hailed as the biggest technology IPO since Google, the Facebook offering was dogged by technical glitches and accusations of mismanagement by early investors.
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