It looks like Facebook have been developing a new photo sharing feature or app built around the Apple iOS. TechCrunch has somehow managed to get hold of a series of screen grabs from an iPhone 4, that show a Facebook feature – or quite possibly a completely separate app – that appears to be some sort of amalgamation of Instagram, Color, Path, and even goes as far as incorporating certain aspects of Path’s spin-off project, With.
The ‘who’s who’ of developers in this melting pot reads rather much like an incestuous family tree, with many of the people who came up with the different photo sharing applications having already worked for, or at least been courted by Facebook with job offers. For example, Dave Morin came up with Path and subsequently With, and he used to be the lead of Facebook’s platform team. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom was approached by Mark Zuckerberg about working at Facebook in 2004.
The meat of the app seems to include location elements, likes and comments, multi-picture mode, filters, multi-user albums, face-tagging, and more. To be honest, I’m not the most programming-savvy person around, and the bits in TechCrunch’s article about HTML5 went well over my head, but for more information, you can read their full report here.
Just looking at the screenshots, this app does look the business. All I need to do now is wait until my contract nears its end and go and ask the nice people at Vodafone about a handset upgrade to the iPhone 4… Or do I wait for the fabled iPhone 5…??