This post follows up the Analysis of the Facebook.app for iOS [v. 87.0].
The version 88.0 of the Facebook.app has now been released:
As you can see from the smaller download size, the duplicated resources have been removed. This is confirmed by looking at the app content using GrandPerspective:
Only some really small resources escaped the cleanup. The ‘FBFacecastTipJarResources’ resources are indeed still duplicated. Example:
6 months ago I analyzed the version 66.0 of the Facebook.app for iOS: https://blog.timac.org/2016/1018-analysis-of-the-facebook-app-for-ios
The version 66.0 was a 165 MB app on an iPad Air 2 (64-bit). It was a monolithic app with its main binary being more than 100 MB.
The version 87.0 is now available: 253 MB on the same iPad Air 2 with only 64-bit code. In just 6 months, the Facebook.app size grew by 88 MB!
Did you ever wonder why the Facebook.app for iOS is such a big download? This post tries to give some answers. The version 66.0 (released on 7 October 2016) was analyzed on an iPad Air 2 (64-bit).
Here is what you see when downloading Facebook on an iPad Air 2:
App content A scan of the content of the Facebook app using GrandPerspective gives already a good overview: