Where Is Facebook 3.0 for the iPhone?

Facebook 3.0 for iPhone Screenshot courtesy of Facebook

Updated: On August 17, Facebook let us know that it had submitted the 3.0 version of its app to the Apple store.

Where is the newest version of Facebook’s iPhone 3.0 application? Being a fan of the app -– which I now use on my iPod Touch -– I was thrilled to hear that a new version with some snazzy new features was going to launch. After all, great as the current version might be, it still lacks certain features and could use a “user experience” facelift.  But now six weeks have gone by, and still nothing.

One of the main developers of the application, Joe Hewitt, said on July 1 that he was nearly finished building the application. “I can’t predict an exact date when I will submit to Apple, but I can say that I am about 98% done,” he wrote in the blog post.

Facebook for iPhone is one of the best applications for that platform. According to the Palo Alto, Calif.-based social networking company, there are some 30 million people who use Facebook Mobile. And it plans to reveal in September new mobile user data that’s said to put that figure much higher. Which ties in with an argument we made earlier this year: Facebook’s future is mobile. As we explained, the reasons are simple: “Facebook has all along said it wants to mirror real-world relationships,” wrote Liz Gannes. “When you throw mobile into the mix, there’s no reason to even have to separate so-called offline and online contacts.”