iOS 6 rumored to debut Facebook integration

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Apple may be setting its status to "in a relationship with" Facebook, if new rumors pan out. Apparently iOS 6 will feature Facebook integration similar to what we've seen with Twitter in iOS 5, like being one of the default Share To options, but there's also the possibility that Facebook account integration could enable even easier single sign-on for multiple apps.

Apple and Facebook have enjoyed an up and down relationship so far - Tim Cook had only nice things to say about the company at D10 this week, though he would have handled the acquisition of Instagram a little differently. At the same time, he said "we can do more with them" and "stay tuned", which were are certainly some loaded words. Sure, Facebook integration didn't make it into iOS 4 and the Ping integration got pulled right after launch, but while Steve Jobs complained about Faceook's "onerous" terms despite months of negotiating, he and Mark Zuckerberg seemed to be civil and almost friendly about negotiations. Even Tim Cook clarified that Facebook simply had their own way of doing things and they stuck to their guns, much like Apple. There are some far-fetched rumors that Facebook is going to be making their own phone, but I really don't buy it.

Of course, not everybody is a huge fan of Facebook, and may resent it playing such a huge role in the app ecosystem from here on in. One would expect developers will still have their own registration and account creation process for those that don't have Facebook accounts, but I wouldn't be surprised if smaller devs wanted to avoid the hassle of making their own infrastructure started to rely on Facebook exclusively for registration. After all, if Facebook is baked right into iOS, might as well leverage it, right?

We'll find out just how big of a role Facebook plays in iOS 6 next week at WWDC. Which Facebook features would you like to see bake in to the next version of the iPad and iPhone's operating system?

Source: TechCrunch

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iOS 6 rumored to debut Facebook integration


If it means things are easier to do and are more stable than the current FB app, then I'm all for it....

I'm happy for things like share options, but wouldn't want it integrated much beyond that. I HATE the way it takes over contacts on other platforms, for example.

Hopefully this garbage, commonly referred to as Facebook, won't be so intrusive and deeply integrated that it gets in the way of the people who don't use it.

I would love for it to be baked in just like Twitter is now. But it MUST include support for Facebook lists. I rarely post anything to all my "friends." Facebook integration will be useless to me if I can't share my photos, links, etc. with specific lists.

I used to have a blackberry and thought the same thing. I love my iPhone but some of the missing features are puzzling. Hopefully ios 6 fixes some of them.

Who cares! I guess that FaceBook integration on a crappy os (in its current form) is helping bb sells right now. Go play with your trackpad or ball.

I hope they do bring deep Facebook integration, but why stop there why not include Linkedin as well.

The way you're going my friend, Apple will have to redesign their menus, otherwise the "Share to" menu will become looong.

Not all of us are huge fb fans. Some, like Georgia, are completely against having any of our processes tied to it. Integration would be nice for many, but I don't want to be forced into doing anything with fb to get the most out of my phone.

I do not see this as a good thing. Essential it means that they're integrating a program that mines your personal information into the operating system. I deleted my Facebook account about a year and a half ago ... no regrets. I would actually like twitter and these third party services removed.

It's not required to use any of these services, wether you have an account with them or not. Even if you still had a Facebook account it's not like yu would have to sign into the share feature, you could just continue using it the way it's always been. Same for twitter.
Personally, I think this is great. I started using twitter a lot more when it was tied into iOS 5.

well Facebook is already integrated in Windows Phone as well as Twitter, LinkedIn and possible more to come. So iOS 6 is just copying the craft.

Ugh, never had Facebook, never long as it's an optional thing, no big deal. If more devs/apps start going VEVOs' way, with FB sign-in as the only way to create an account, ill be a very unhappy camper.

Apps that require FB to login are apps I neither need nor want and I will be avoiding them like the plague. As long as none of my current apps don't go that round, I'm fine. Any that do will be uninstalled. Facebook is not something I NEED. It's something I use less and less.

I hope not. I use Facebook less than Twitter and don't need any Facebook Integration. There's a Facebook App. There's a Facebook Messaging App. There's a Facebook Pages app, all current and all work just fine for me at this time. NO THANK YOU.

For me i would love to see some sort of integration like RIM's gist, Palm's synergy, or Microsoft's People Hub. I personally am not a huge fan of facebook, but unfortunately thats where all my friends are. If most of them would jump to G+, i would gladly do without facebook. Hell, lots of them don't even have twitter. Anyway, microsoft has done a great job with people hub. The best feature of it is the ability to browse albums from facebook on the native photos app. Major convenience. Removes the need to sync photos if most of them are on facebook already.
We can go on forever about one company copying from another, but i mean everyone is doing it. Not exactly copying, but using the same idea in perhaps a different way of implementation. I think that's fine. If no one "copy" ideas from anyone else, smartphones wouldn't be the way they are now. So lets just leave the patents and lawsuits to the company, and just enjoy their products. Peace out. :)

Actually if they integrate Facebook in the way I think they're going to, Apple have been very smart about this...
The new Share Sheet function coming to Mountain Lion and presumably iOS6 will allow any social network to add deep sharing features to the OS through an API. Apple may be working with Facebook to make their integration particularly good, but I'm hoping that users will ultimately get to decide which 'Sharing partners' they want to appear by simply turning them on or off, or deleting them entirely from a main preference panel. That way, you can choose to have Twitter and Facebook, or Facebook and Vimeo, or Google+ and YouTube.
The smartest part of this solution is that it puts the onus on the social networks to add their own Share Sheet, not on Apple. And they will, including Google+ and YouTube, because they want to be as widely available as possible. So Apple can get all the major social networks signed up without having to do much work themselves. Clever!
Aside from helping Facebook perfect their share sheets interface though, it would be nice if Apple would also help them fix their terrible iOS apps. Though I agree with most others here that I absolutely hate the way Facebook wants to control my identity on every site on the web.