Facebook Will Be Integrated Into The iOS 6 Firmware Just Like Twitter
I personally think one of the top features of the iOS 5 firmware was built-in Twitter functionality. If you are someone who uses the social network frequently I am sure you will agree. What would top built-in Twitter functionality in my opinion? Well, having Facebook integration baked within iOS would definitely come close.
With the fruit companies’ CEO hinting that we can expect closer ties with Apple and Facebook in the near future at the D10 conference this week I think this left us all wondering just what “closer ties” meant. Could it mean simply an increased social media presence through their digital stores? Or could it be hinting at actual Facebook integration within iOS and possibly even OS X?
While I think integration in OS X is pushing it, Facebook integration within iOS is something I think Apple is looking into for the upcoming iOS 6 firmware. And if you asked TechCrunch they would most certainly agree. They have stated that the much anticipated Facebook integration will indeed happen in the iOS 6 firmware generation.
After much speculation, Facebook integration will indeed be baked into the latest version of iOS, we’ve learned. Following Cook’s most recent comments, there was much speculation about this finally happening. After all, Facebook integration did appear in an unreleased build of iOS 4 a couple years ago. It’s important to note that Apple being Apple, something could change in the next week and a half (see again: Facebook/Ping). But as of right now, Facebook is a go in iOS “Sundance”.
Apparently the only thing left to be figured out with iOS 6 Facebook integrating is how sharing will work. As we all should know, Facebook is a significantly more complicated social network than Twitter with various levels of privacy settings. Thus, figuring out how deep to integrate Facebook within iOS 6 is something still being finalized.
One thing still being hammered out according to our sources is exactly how sharing will work. Sharing is the other big part of the iOS/Twitter integration, and will be important for iOS/Facebook integration as well. But Facebook is significantly more complicated than Twitter in that there are all kinds of permissions for what you can post where and who can see what. And Open Graph adds another layer of complexity to all of this.
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