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iPad app for Facebook next week as the big two grow closer to combat Google

It's been a long time coming but now it looks as if the app will share a launchpad with the iPhone 5 on October 4

The app has been talked about since earlier this year but has been the victim of delays. In a blog post yesterday,former Facebook engineer Jeff Verkoeyene revealed that was partly the reason he left the company for Google .

The problem, said Mashable quoting two sources familiar with the situation, had been "a combination of timing and a strained relationship with Apple." The relationship between the two technology giants is warming up, however, thanks to the shared goal of beating Google — and the simple fact that Facebook and Apple may need each other. Mashable added,"The former doesn’t have a mobile platform while Apple doesn’t have a social platform. The culmination of this renewed friendship: the launch of Facebook for iPad at Apple’s iPhone 5 media event." In addition to the iPad app, Facebook is also expected to release a revamped version of its iPhone app and may unveil an HTML5-based mobile app marketplace.