Update for OS X adds Facebook integration

When Mountain Lion was launched back in July, Twitter was the only social network baked into Apple's newest operating system. At the time the company said Facebook would be integrated in a later update. Apple has released OS X 10.8.2 which finally brings Facebook integration to the operating system.

Facebook is now an option in Finder's share menu when you want to share a link or photo with friends. You'll also see your Facebook friends in Contacts, with contact information and profile pictures. Only a single sign-on is required and notifications of the popular social network now appear in Notification Center.

OS X 10.8.2 includes other updates as well, such as support for Power Nap on the late 2010 Macbook Air, new dictation languages and support for receiving iMessages and FaceTime calls sent to your cell phone number. There's a new shared Reminders list and notes can now be sorted by title, edited date and creation date.

The newest update also fixes some problems, although the reported battery drainage issue is not listed in Apple's documentation. According to Macobserver, who ran some tests on developer builds of 10.8.2, the update should fix the battery issues which plagued Mountain Lion since its launch. There are also firmware updates for the latest Macbook Air and (Retina) Pro.

All other changes and features can be found at Apple's support page.

Source: PC Magazine

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Got it yesterday, great update. Was looking forward to the FB integration and glad to say it works a treat

For people complaining, you have to manually set it up. Don't want it? Don't do it. Simples.

Finally it works! During the Developer Previews Facebook notifications wouldn't get pushed to my iMac for whatever reason.

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I'm not going there as I know even though it wasn't derogatory or anything, I'd be willing to bet I got warned for it.

Facebook integration into an OS?

Very nice update.. not too bothered about the facebook integration but i do love the ability to download your friends photos, twitter/facebook links into contacts so now when someone calls on my iphone i get their photo, something i thought was a cool feature but something i could never be bothered to add photos of all my friends so this is a nice touch.

iMessages sent to your phone number now appear on your mac, LOVE THIS.. iMessages was already awesome now it got even better, texting without picking up my phone.

Say what you want about apple but their eco-system is absolutely amazing... very excited to see what comes next, maybe from apple tv?

Uplift said,
Very nice update.. not too bothered about the facebook integration but i do love the ability to download your friends photos, twitter/facebook links into contacts so now when someone calls on my iphone i get their photo, something i thought was a cool feature but something i could never be bothered to add photos of all my friends so this is a nice touch.

iMessages sent to your phone number now appear on your mac, LOVE THIS.. iMessages was already awesome now it got even better, texting without picking up my phone.

Say what you want about apple but their eco-system is absolutely amazing... very excited to see what comes next, maybe from apple tv?

Sadly the basic integration features have been around since Windows Mobile days, and early Android releases also had this functionality.

WP7 was the 'star' of integrating Facebook and Twitter, etc - but it is nice to see Apple realize it is a good idea and bring something Windows Phone (Mobile even) users have been doing for almost 5 years to iOS users.

This article is about the OS X integration though, iOS is not OS X.

virtorio said,
That's kind of like saying HP's are overpriced Minesweeper PC's

HP doesn't have a choice, Minesweeper is M$ software, more like saying "HP is an OEM who make PC's that run windows which has a game called minesweeper"

Midnight Mick said,
I guess this just emphasises that apple's are just overpriced facebook pc's.

Erm ... what? What a dumb comment. lol

virtorio said,
That's kind of like saying HP's are overpriced Minesweeper PC's

Minesweeper is pretty fun, but not as fun as Solitaire.

StevenJ said,
Microsoft bakes in Flash: people get angry. Apple bakes in Twitter and Facebook: people rejoice.

Depends if sites automatically load videos using Flash. I never install flash because of adverts, and I could care less about Facebook and twitter integration, but at least it doesn't have to be enabled by default unless I want it enabled.

StevenJ said,
Microsoft bakes in Flash: people get angry. Apple bakes in Twitter and Facebook: people rejoice.

Are Twitter and Facebook mandatory to run Mac OS X?

virtorio said,
Where are these people?

I'm one of them. It's awesome.

But no, it's not forced. It's entirely optional and works in the Accounts section just like an email account. Don't want it, don't use it. Simple.

StevenJ said,
Microsoft bakes in Flash: people get angry. Apple bakes in Twitter and Facebook: people rejoice.

Twitter and Facebook are social networks. Flash isn't a social network. That is just one difference, but there are many. Integrating Flash is not the same as integrating social networking features.

Having said that, I don't mind them integrating Flash.

virtorio said,
Where are these people?

I'm one. I'd like as much social networking integration in operating systems as possible.

StevenJ said,
Microsoft bakes in Flash: people get angry. Apple bakes in Twitter and Facebook: people rejoice.

Not to be an ass, but you do realize this is a feature that comes from Windows Phone 7, and is also built into Windows 8, right? Apple is copying Microsoft on this feature, and its a feature I like and agree with.

I agree that people complaining about the integration, and lock down, of Flash is silly though, especially when Chrome and others have been doing it for a long time. At least with Microsoft having control over Flash and using a tighter broker will have more security control. (As can be seen in the last Flash/IE exploit, that DID NOT affect Windows 8 with IE10.)

Lunfai said,

I never install flash because of adverts

Install tracking-protection and download an ad-blocking list...

Same as add-block in other browsers, adds no longer effect my IE