Deeper Facebook integration rumored for iOS 6

Will users of the iPhone and iPad soon be able to "like" all kinds of stuff? That's a possibility if a new story at TechCrunch is correct. The report, which uses unnamed sources, claims that the upcoming iOS 6 mobile operating system will have deeper integration with Facebook. The official Facebook announcement is supposed to be made as part of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in mid-June.

Exactly what kind of integration will be involved seems to still be a mystery, although TechCrunch speculates that Facebook authentication could be a possible addition.  They also suggest that the integration could add a Facebook button to the iOS share screen. That addition would give users of iOS devices a way to share content with friends via their Facebook walls.

If Apple were to go through with this deal, we would like to see some kind of Facebook messaging integration with iOS similar to the experience provided by Microsoft with Windows Phone 7.5. Having a partnership with Facebook is likely important to Apple as many apps now require Facebook authentication in order to work.

The report adds that this deal is likely just for iOS. Facebook integration is not rumored to be making an appearance in Apple's next desktop OS, code named Mountain Lion.

We'd like to hear which Facebook features you'd like to see integrated directly into iOS, let us know in the comments below.

Source: TechCrunch

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Then all my iPhone friends will say how great it is and then I'll remind them I've had that for ages. Even so, they'll still scoff. They always scoff...

For anyone interested Apple wanted Facebook integration the same time they added Twitter but Facebook wouldn't budge in giving Apple special API's/access and said they would have to use the same API's that everyone else does.

Have you noticed that you don't have to do oAuth when you login to twitter on the iPhone? I'm guessing Apple didn't want to have those popup oAuth windows which isn't fully integrated into the OS and doesn't fit in to their design philosophies - but they're probably forced to now seeing as its becoming an expected feature. Either that or Facebook has caved now that they are a public company and the sheer size of Apple will make this announcement a big deal on the market.

Boy do Apple have to pull out all stops to catch up with Windows Phone and Android, good to see them try and attempt that.. I guess.

Calum said,
I hope iOS 6 includes deeper and better Facebook integration than Windows Phone, but I doubt it will

I hope NOT

That would seriously hit Windows Phone sales...

Jarrichvdv said,

I hope NOT

That would seriously hit Windows Phone sales...


I'm very likely to switch to using Apple products over Microsoft's offerings, depending on what's included in both iOS 6 and Windows Phone 8, so I probably wouldn't mind if that happened

Calum said,

I'm very likely to switch to using Apple products over Microsoft's offerings, depending on what's included in both iOS 6 and Windows Phone 8, so I probably wouldn't mind if that happened

So basically this site will be Apple oriented after you do that.

Enron said,

So basically this site will be Apple oriented after you do that.


It might be cool if I had that kind of power, but alas, I don't

It will be no more than what you can do with twitter currently on the iPhone. Post a status, share photos, check in. Big deal.

I just wish you can turn off twitter and Facebook integration.

ccoltmanm said,
It will be no more than what you can do with twitter currently on the iPhone. Post a status, share photos, check in. Big deal.

I just wish you can turn off twitter and Facebook integration.

You can? Just don't fill in any login credentials..

I'd like to see this rumour come to fruition. Something equivalent to Twitter integration would be great.

So basically, iOS users will start seeing things us Android users have enjoyed for ages now? I'm sure people will be assuming Apple were first and invented it and that some how (beyond my understanding) Google copied them....

Xerxes said,
So basically, iOS users will start seeing things us Android users have enjoyed for ages now? I'm sure people will be assuming Apple were first and invented it and that some how (beyond my understanding) Google copied them....

Try, WP7 users.....

Xerxes said,
So basically, iOS users will start seeing things us Android users have enjoyed for ages now? I'm sure people will be assuming Apple were first and invented it and that some how (beyond my understanding) Google copied them....

Maybe from trolls.

I see a bunch of people on Neowin claiming that people think Apple invented x first, but I never see anyone actually post that...

BajiRav said,

WTF?

If he's on about what I've experienced, he's right (although it isn't quite 3 hours). The toast notifications from the Facebook for Windows Phone app arrive a fair bit after the notification has reached Facebook. So I've already seen it before Facebook for Windows Phone notifies me. E.g. If someone comments on a status of mine, I'll see the notification on Facebook straight away, but my Windows Phone won't notify me of it for ages (I think it might only check for notifications every 30 minutes, which isn't good enough for those of us who have no data cap).

Edited by Calum, Jun 2 2012, 1:30pm :

Xerxes said,
So basically, iOS users will start seeing things us Android users have enjoyed for ages now?

Android has native, deep Facebook integration? Could you provide me with a link that details this? I couldn't find anything on a quick Google search.

Manish said,

Android has native, deep Facebook integration? Could you provide me with a link that details this? I couldn't find anything on a quick Google search.

Yes, I, too, was wondering about that. I've only ever heard (and seen) of Windows Phone having deep Facebook integration, out of Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.

Manish said,

Android has native, deep Facebook integration? Could you provide me with a link that details this? I couldn't find anything on a quick Google search.
I never said it did. Maybe I didn't make myself very clear. Was referring to the fact you can pretty much share anything to Facebook in Android (as the App hooks into the Share feature of Android) granted it's not native (just takes advantage of a native Android feature) but I think is better way of doing it to be honest.

EDIT: Although some Android skins (like HTC Sense) do include [limited] native Facebook integration. So while vanilla Android might not have it built in, some OEMs might of added it via their custom skins/pre-installed apps. I'm sure many will ague still not native, it's an addon not part of the OS. However, as far as the device is concerned it is due to it being available out of the box when you first turn it on which at the end of the day is what matters.

Edited by Xerxes, Jun 3 2012, 9:34am :

I want Facebook integration into everything for an OS. I would like to "like" getting emails, creating a word document, create a backup, restoring a backup, failure to create a backup, installing the OS again, and the list goes on...

Doli said,
I want Facebook integration into everything for an OS. I would like to "like" getting emails, creating a word document, create a backup, restoring a backup, failure to create a backup, installing the OS again, and the list goes on...

Choice is the magic word.........

deadonthefloor said,
And the world at large will think Apple invented it.....

If it will happen it means that whoever "invented" it made a poor job marketing it..........

Jarrichvdv said,

To Apple fans, it is.

Really? Because the only people I ever see talking about this are anti-Apple folks informing us that Apple didn't invent something whenever Apple does anything.

See comments below as evidence of that.

dead.cell said,

Really? Because the only people I ever see talking about this are anti-Apple folks informing us that Apple didn't invent something whenever Apple does anything.


Ask the average person (not necessarily Apple users) who invented the smartphone, the portable music player or the tablet. Their answer is always the same...

mikeyx12 said,

Ask the average person (not necessarily Apple users) who invented the smartphone, the portable music player or the tablet. Their answer is always the same...

And ask them how many planets there are or other basic 5th grade knowledge and watch as they give out other silly answers too.

Bottom line is: ignorant people will give out dumb answers. Should the "more intelligent" really be worrying about what they have to say? Or getting butthurt because they see company A in a better light, even if their reasons are not based on fact(s)? That's what I'd like to know because I'd rather have more interesting discussions about technology than worrying about what ignorant people think.

Just my two cents.

dead.cell said,

And ask them how many planets there are or other basic 5th grade knowledge and watch as they give out other silly answers too.

Bottom line is: ignorant people will give out dumb answers. Should the "more intelligent" really be worrying about what they have to say? Or getting butthurt because they see company A in a better light, even if their reasons are not based on fact(s)? That's what I'd like to know because I'd rather have more interesting discussions about technology than worrying about what ignorant people think.

Just my two cents.

While I agree that ignorance, as usual I would add, plays a role I reiterate that a very good marketing team also play an important role.....
Besides some times these kind of questions are debatable: which company invented the portable music player? I would say Sony with the Walkman playing tapes; did it? I am not 100% sure but there are no doubts that even if it was not Sony was the one which popularized the concept. And what about which company invented the GUI? Majority of the people here would say Xerox Palo Alto but average user............. my best guess is that the answer would be Microsoft or Apple..........

dead.cell said,

And ask them how many planets there are or other basic 5th grade knowledge and watch as they give out other silly answers too.

Bottom line is: ignorant people will give out dumb answers. Should the "more intelligent" really be worrying about what they have to say? Or getting butthurt because they see company A in a better light, even if their reasons are not based on fact(s)? That's what I'd like to know because I'd rather have more interesting discussions about technology than worrying about what ignorant people think.

Just my two cents.

EXACTLY, ignorant people give out dumb answers, in this case those answers would be relating to Apple. Hence the reason for deadonthefloor's comment.

Who is conveying "butthurt" here? All he did was make a comment that is, for the most part, true.

If YOU would rather talk about something else, then go somewhere else. There is no requirement that people's comments must be of interest to you. You seem to be the one making all the conversation, anyway.

The Laughing Man said,
I'm getting sick of all this facebook integration.
Same here man! I can't even play a damn game with it asking me, "do you want to share your game with friends on Facebook". WTF!!! Why does everything need to be "social"?

JHBrown said,
Same here man! I can't even play a damn game with it asking me, "do you want to share your game with friends on Facebook". WTF!!! Why does everything need to be "social"?

Apple has always worked with Share buttons though. On Apple's software, YOU are the one who initiates a popup window that says "Do you want to share this on your wall ?". It will never appear against your will.

The Laughing Man said,
I'm getting sick of all this facebook integration.

It's surely easy for you to ignore or not use, though, right? Many of us would love more Facebook integration, especially deep integration.

Calum said,

It's surely easy for you to ignore or not use, though, right? Many of us would love more Facebook integration, especially deep integration.

it is like the "Cloud" frenziness: No problem with that............ as long as it is optional....

Fritzly said,

it is like the "Cloud" frenziness: No problem with that............ as long as it is optional....


Yeah, I do think they should make it optional. Even though I love Facebook and I love logging in using Facebook, I'm not sure how I feel about services like Spotify and VEVO now requiring a Facebook account.

Calum said,

Yeah, I do think they should make it optional. Even though I love Facebook and I love logging in using Facebook, I'm not sure how I feel about services like Spotify and VEVO now requiring a Facebook account.

Indeed; I do not know why they enforced these rules although I am sure they must have some reasons; on the other hands they loose potential customers like me....... who do not have a FB account. :-)