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Apple, Facebook planned integration in iOS 4?

updated 10:25 pm EDT, Wed April 20, 2011

Code clues suggest more cooperation was planned

An investigation into the inner workings of earlier releases of iOS 4 reveal that Apple and Facebook -- who were working together on Ping at the time -- were originally planning more Facebook integration into iOS than eventually happened, 9to5Mac reports. Had the Ping talks, which went on for 18 months, been fruitful, iOS users might have also had further photo, contact and sync integration with the social networking service than presently exists.

Ping launched with iTunes 10 in September of 2010 and very briefly featured Facebook integration, but the feature was quickly pulled after Facebook protested that the rush of Ping subscribers would overwhelm their system and demanded what Apple CEO Steve Jobs later called "onerous terms" to allow the integration to proceed. The two companies do continue to work together, for example the Facebook integration in iPhoto and what looks to be further social-networking features planned for iOS 5 that were discovered in iOS 4.3 code. But code fragments seen in "prototype" versions of iOS 4 indicated that Apple had planned a system-wide log-in to Facebook that would allow integration with a variety of services, for example direct video uploading and contact integration.

Despite public meetings between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Jobs and optimism from Facebook executives of an eventual agreement, the Ping dispute has thus far not been resolved and the iTunes-based social service never fully recovered, even though Twitter integration and other popular features were added later. Facebook could still be part of future iOS or other service updates in the future, as the service has shown no signs of falling in popularity the way MySpace and other social services have.

Apple have allegedly been working on a Photo Stream type feature that would allow approved friends to "subscribe" automatically to a user's picture feed via a social service, as well as a "Media Stream" that may include more than just pictures, which some have speculated may be intended to compete with services like Facebook, but are more likely intended simply to make social sharing (with or without Facebook integration) easier. [via 9to5Mac]

by MacNN Staff



  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well thank God

    I would not like that at all.

    FaceBook is a virus.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Well thank God

    I agree. Keep it off Android too!

  1. chas_m



    Honestly, children

    Do I really have to point out to both of you that even if ALL the mentioned features had been integrated, it would be entirely dependent on you already HAVING a Facebook membership and voluntarily giving those credentials to the system?? Duhhhh ....

    I'm not a big Facebook fan, but I use it and so do lots of other people. The integration would have been a boon for both companies and convenient for millions. Perhaps some of those features will happen someday soon.

  1. facebook_Timothy

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Apr 2011


    Apple doesn't need Facebook

    They already have the perfect tool to gain access to our personal information. It's called an iPhone.

  1. facebook_Clarence

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Apr 2011


    Facebook integration

    No thanks man! Facebook is for retards.

  1. macnews1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No facebook facebook clarence

    that is just funny. I think Facebook, though voluntary, is a big pain. Thing is their app SUCKS and they are getting so big the voluntary part is becoming almost less and less of an option. So many people use it is almost expected for you to use it.

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