Facebook continues to release updates to its iOS app, adding features and optimizing the experience for users. The latest version supports Live Photos, bringing short video clips captured on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to the masses. Now that any Apple device running iOS 9 can view Live Photos, Facebook has joined the party by integrating the feature directly into their mobile app. To make this happen, Facebook has taken advantage of the Live Photos development kit provided by Apple.
Sharing Live Photos on Facebook is a straightforward process. A special live button will appear when uploading a Live Photo, which can be used to share the Live Photo on Facebook. When the live button is bypassed, the image will be delivered as a normal still photo. Facebook is not alone on the Live Photos front, as Tumblr has also integrated Live Photo support into its app.
In addition to Live Photos, Facebook has shifted its video players to HTML5. This move marks the end of Flash video on Facebook web pages, except for a small minority of web browsers. The switch has resulted in better performance and less bug reports from users. YouTube and other sites have already moved to HTML5 video delivery. Adobe has even decided to utilize HTML5, renaming its Flash Pro application to Animate.
Version 46 of Facebook can be found free in the App Store. Facebook requires iOS 7.0 or later and 106 MB of storage space to install on the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.