It looks like Facebook is planning on launching an iPad version of its standalone IM app, Facebook Messenger.
In an article originally published by 9to5Mac, a series of screenshots from the yet-to-be-released application – which is essentially just an enlarged version of the iPhone app – hit the Web. As you can see in the gallery of images, nothing in the iPad application appears to be radically different: like the iPhone app, Facebook Messenger for iPad will offer one-to-one messaging, group chats, support for push notifications and more.
According to 9to5Mac’s source, this is an early beta version of the application – meaning we potentially have a while to wait before Facebook releases the application in the App Store.
In addition to the above news, 9to5Mac also notes that Facebook is planning on adding a video chat feature to its iPhone app:
Facebook is also working on an updated version of the iPhone app with Skype video chat support and improved performance. The new iPhone app will likely come before an updated Facebook Messenger for Android with similarly new functionality. These apps are on-track for a launch sometime this summer, with testing happening right now on Facebook’s internal servers. We had a chance to try out the new Facebook Messenger for iPhone video chat feature, and performance was smooth most of the time.
Below, we’ve included a series of images showing off the iPad version of Facebook Messenger. If any more news hits the Web, we’ll be sure to let you know.