Facebook to launch iPhone photo app

Also planning to bypass Apple with HTML5 web app
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Facebook is preparing a new iPhone photo sharing app according to a TechCrunch report.

The dedicated iOS app which may be called Hovertown or WithPeople, according to the report, appears to be a response to the rise of similar photo sharing applications such as Color and Instagram.

Among the features visible in the slew of screenshots TechCrunch posted are the usual Facebook-style 'likes' and comments, face-tagging, geolocation features, multi-user albums and image filters.

The same day TechCrunch also revealed that Facebook are planning a web-based HTML5 Facebook incarnation called Project Spartan. The site speculated that the secret Facebook project was designed to ensure the social networking giant was free of the controls Apple places on iOS applications.

"The real goal is to get people using Facebook as the distribution model for games and other apps, not the App Store," TechCrunch's MG Siegler claimed.

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