Facebook has finally addressed the molasses-like speed problems of its iOS app, building a completely new, native app that's twice as fast at launching, loading pictures and scrolling through the News Feed.
The interface is nearly identical to the old app, despite it being rewritten from the ground up. The main difference is speed: images load lightning fast now, the app launches much faster, and notifications are available instantly (which was a huge annoyance in the old version). You'll still have to endure that "Loading" wheel whenever you access someone's profile or head to a new page, but even its speed has been improved a bit from the last version.
The app also has a few new features, including a "New Stories" banner at the top of the News Feed that keeps you up to date, and a downward swipe gesture that closes photos whenever you're viewing them. If you had given up on the Facebook app, it's time to give it another shot -- you'll be shocked at how much better it is.