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iOS 6 also expected to have Facebook integration

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iOS 6 also expected to have Facebook integration
The rumors about iOS 6 have been starting to swell, and it's only going to get more hectic as we get closer to Apple's World Wide Developers Conference, which is set to kick off in just 10 days. iOS 6 is obviously expected to be the big topic of discussion at WWDC, and so we've already heard that Apple Maps will be part of the update, as well as an overhaul to the Camera and Photo apps. It also looks like iOS will be getting more social. Facebook integration with iOS had been rumored to be part of iOS 4, but looks like it may be a reality soon.  

The new speculation is that in addition to the Twitter integration that we saw as part of iOS 5, iOS 6 will see similar integration with Facebook. This was one of the more pointed statements made by Tim Cook at the D10 conference, where he was talking about social ventures. Cook admitted that Apple's attempt at social with Ping was essentially a failure, and said that perhaps Apple didn't need to be a social company, but that it's products should be social. At that point, he mentioned the Twitter integration, and also gave a tip of the hat to Facebook, saying it is a "great company", that it and Apple have a "solid relationship", and we should all "stay tuned". That's about as pointed a comment as Cook gave during the interview.

This sort of integration would be big for both iOS and Facebook. Facebook may not have a lot of room to grow as far as user base, as Twitter did after its iOS integration, but it could certainly mean more data being pushed through Facebook. It's unclear exactly how the integration would work beyond sharing options, but it certainly puts Apple in position to be able to offer a more robust Contacts app, much like Windows Phone's People app. If that happens, it would leave Android in a bit of a lurch, since even though there is a People app in ICS which promises social data, Google unfortunately left it up to 3rd parties to hook in rather than working with services, so the functionality really isn't there yet. 

source: TechCrunch

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posted on 01 Jun 2012, 20:33 5

1. quakan (Posts: 1080; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Should've been released with the Twitter integration...Facebook is on the decline anyways, oh well.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 20:54 9

2. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Saying Facebook is on the decline feels like saying erosion has shrunk Mount Everest - it's still freaking enormous.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 21:24 7

4. quakan (Posts: 1080; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


It's becoming the new Myspace, like it or not.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 00:01 1

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Please explain that logic.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 00:31 2

7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Or rather, please explain your timeline. Obviously, on a long enough timeline everything falls.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 00:54 3

9. quakan (Posts: 1080; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


It seems like you don't agree with my previous statement so that leads me to believe that you are probably an older adult, probably 35+ (just a guess). I'm 20 so at my age I have seen a huge decline in Facebook usage/posts by Facebook friends. I typically see a lot more posts from the pages I've liked than from posts of friends. People that are in my age group (i'll put that from age 15-25) typically only post on Twitter and I'd say that within my age group there is probably a wide understanding that Twitter is in and Facebook is out. I give it a few years before we see a sharp decline in Facebook usage by older adults who are, for the most part, "out of the loop" and will be just getting the memo that Facebook is out. Then they will all go over to Twitter and then Twitter's number of users will resemble that of Facebook now, but with that will bring about the younger generation moving onto the next thing with the older generation always playing catch up.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 03:54 2

11. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


Sorry, meant to thumb that up, damn touchscreens... but yes I have to agree with you, more people in our age group do appear to be using twitter a lot more now, can never see facebook becoming totally eradicated but it is definately losing its edge that it had say this time last year, although a lot of people do use both too (i do) hopefully this will mean Google will also start to improve their facebook and twitter integration, however I think they're more likely to introduce more and more Google+ features, as you can see by the '+1's' on the Play Store, again nothing wrong with that and you cant blame them..

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 13:03 2

17. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I'm 30, and I rarely use Facebook. It's really just a tool for me to see pictures from people I know, and that's about it.

The issue I have with your statement is the sheer scale of what you're talking about. As I said, on a long enough timeline, everything goes away, but Facebook is used by 1/7 of EVERYONE on the planet, and about 70% of those users are from outside of America, so a couple of anecdotal stories isn't enough to sway me, especially since the actual demographics data shows that the age group you're talking about still makes up about 30% of Facebook, which is the same as last year.

Twitter is certainly on the rise, but as a social platform, it is still relatively limiting. It's near impossible to have a conversation on Twitter. Perhaps that's okay for the under 20 crowd, but personally, I see Twitter's role as being the perfect broadcast medium. Real-time news, content and channels (much like feeds from Transmetropolitan, if you've ever read that). As a social platform, it's basically just texting with a public option.

It's not merely a matter of what's "in" or "out". It's a matter of what tool works best for what you need.

I don't expect Facebook to be dominant forever, but saying that it's going to be MySpace any time soon seems a bit too presumptive, unless Facebook really screws the pooch with privacy settings and pisses everyone off for good.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 18:00

22. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


well after facebooks failure of an ipo, people do not have the same trust in it as a sustaining company... yes facebook had a quick rise, but it is cutting its profit forecasts because they cannot make as much money from mobile-- which is becoming the larger market... i dont think it will maintain its momentum, but you are right it probably wont fall all the way to the bottom-- but decline it will

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 18:06

23. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the IPO is a whole seperate subject than its user base.

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 11:25

26. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Trust in the company and confidence that it can make money are two very different things.

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 15:07

28. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


okay i see… i read the initial comment as trust in it as a company making profits not as a company-- but if facebook stops making profits its user base will go down

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 20:56 1

3. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Wonder if the integration would be better than wp

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 00:33 1

8. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


No chance. Microsoft has a special deal with Facebook. I'd expect sharing/posting, and maybe something like the People app, but not the messaging integration.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 16:07

21. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Didn't think about that. I love wp integration its so dame convenient with a few more feature won't even need the app. Also is this deal because of the money Microsoft put in Facebook back in 07

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 00:14

6. frydaexiii (Posts: 1157; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


What do they even mean by integration? Being able to post stuff from apps to Facebook?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 12:34 1

15. thedarkside (Posts: 651; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


yes...

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 23:25

24. frydaexiii (Posts: 1157; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Hasn't Android been able to do that since Eclair?

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 10:56

25. thedarkside (Posts: 651; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


as far as i know.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 01:45

10. AnukulVcool (Posts: 101; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


its very cool, many iOS users must have been waiting for it.........

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 04:50

12. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 337; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


No way it will be better than wp's people hub

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 07:58 3

13. shnibz (Posts: 153; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


Twitter is dumb......people who put #'s at the end of everything need punched in the face

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 09:39

14. blade (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 May 2012)


ah no google + also facebook is declinig will see in ios 7 new upgrade
"REMOVE FACEBOOK INTEGRATION AND ADDED GOOGLE+ INTEGRATION"
lol

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 12:36 1

16. thedarkside (Posts: 651; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


i wish google+ was a little better. its not quite what facebook is but i can see it getting there. i have all three, facebook, twiiter, and a google+... i use twitter the least and im 24. im just not a fan of it thats all. i use google+ and facebook a lot more. there is just more to do and i can approve or not approve people wanting to be my friends.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 13:05 1

18. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I love G+. The only problem I have with it is that my friends aren't on it. As far as the UI and feature set, I think it's the best option out there.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 13:06

19. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)


1. LOL facebook
2. I thought apple doesn't play catch up? Which is funny, because plenty of droids have FB integration...

3. micheal h apple love article, nothing to see here

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:42 1

20. robinakilt (Posts: 9; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


GOD I hope not. I have a Droid phone right now and I am waiting to switch over to the new IPhone when it comes out later this year. One of the things I HATE with the Droid beside Google (since they forgot their motto) is the FACEBOOK infiltration of my phone. For those of us that don’t use Facebook and don’t care what their friends are wearing today or what cute thing their dog or kid did today I see it as another deterioration of my privacy and I pay for it. I actually have even been contemplating leaving a smartphone altogether in an attempt to better protect my privacy. But that is another topic for another day.

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 11:59

27. thedarkside (Posts: 651; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


poope

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