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Secret Facebook iPad app discovered by blogger, says report

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(CBS) - TechCrunch blogger MG Seigler may have stumbled upon Facebook's highly-anticipated iPad app.

In a post written this morning, the tech blogger claimed he discovered executable code for an iPad app right in Facebook's latest iPhone app update. He installed the software on a jailbroken iPad and posted several screen shots of the alleged app in action.

The images look convincing and are in line with the rumors that an official app for Apple's beloved tablet is on its way. Most notable features include a map of friends' check-ins with Places and a sleek photo-viewer.

The discovery of an iPad app doesn't come as a surprise. The New York Times reported last month that an official "app has been in production at Facebook for almost a year, going through several design iterations, and is now in the final stages of testing."

What is surprising is that Facebook would allow such an important piece of code to leak into the wild with a seemingly routine iPhone update. At this point, we can only speculate on why the code was included on the latest iPhone update.

Jailbreaking any iOS devices breaks Apple's terms of services and is not recommended for the average user.

Facebook is the most visited social networking site on the Internet and second only to the search engine Google in terms of web traffic.

Apple has been on the forefront of mobile technology since the release of the original iPhone in June of 2007. Since then, Apple's mobile operating system, iOS, has been a hit with consumers. The company reported 222 million devices running on iOS is currently on the market, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.