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Rumor: iOS 6 sports close Facebook integration

updated 10:00 pm EDT, Fri June 1, 2012

Integration may replace fast-switch sign-in?

After tantalizingly suggestive remarks by Tim Cook during his D10 keynote interview, like "Facebook is a great company," "the relationship is solid," and "stay tuned" when directly asked about Facebook integration by the interviewers, TechCrunch is postulating that Apple is aiming for as tight as possible Facebook integration with the yet-unreleased iOS 6. Writer MG Seigler points out that a great many applications use Facebook APIs for signing up and authentication. Facebook is the primary, or in some cases only, method of confirming user's identity on some sites.

Facebook benefits from the relationship as well. Current authentication relies on a multitasking switch to the Facebook sign in to authorize posting and viewing permissions. After login, the user is shunted back to the original application. Full OS integration would prevent this method of sign-on, and allow developers tighter utility of the sign-in process, without switching over to another application, in a similar fashion to how the Twitter application handles this same process.

Facebook's new permissions, however, are much more complicated than Twitter's. The current method has various levels of permissions, and this being adequately conveyed to the user is crucial to this effort. Open Graph or auto-sharing, if implemented, would potentially add more complexity to an already complicated situation for an on the go user.

Seigler guesses that "Apple will keep things simple with at least the initial Facebook/iOS integration." He suspects that there will likely be a Facebook button in the already-extant share screen which will push content to the user's Facebook wall. OSX Mountain Lion support isn't expected, at least at first.

Hooks for Facebook integration existed in iOS version 4 beta releases before being removed just before final distribution. Signs pointed to close Facebook ties in iTunes' Ping, as well, but nothing universal ever materialized with some users being able to initially connect, and some not. Steve Jobs famously decried Facebook as having "onerous terms that we could not agree to" when trying to get Facebook's cooperation with Ping, likely referring to the sharing of user data with the social giant.




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  1. Arty50

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +9

    Ugh

    No thanks. I don't want Facebook's hooks into my OS.

  1. chas_m

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    0

    Why?

    What difference does it make to you?

    There's Twitter hooks in iOS *right now*. EEK MY IPHONE IS LAVA!!

    If you're not a member (of either service) then the "hooks" mean nothing and do nothing.

    If you ARE a member and choose not to MANUALLY turn them off, the "hooks" mean nothing and do nothing.

    Now that you are educated on this, go find something worthwhile to worry about.

  1. facebook_Aryu

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2012

    +4

    Doesn't Make Sense

    Facebook...

    1. User interface is the polar opposite of Apple's philosophy for ease of use. It's too much like Microsoft apps where the geeks determine design.
    2. Stock value dropping like a rock due to insider trading in its FIRST week.
    3. Public mass exodus beginning an exponential rise like rats from a sinking ship on fire.
    4. FB board has their millions/billions from s******* early investors, and happy to jump ship, too.
    5. Apple has never leapt onto fads for these exact reasons.

    If Apple does decide to be duct taped to this sinking garbage scow, they can expect their loyal fan-base to jump their ship, too, out of a fear that Apple has completely changed their core philosophy to one where they kowtow to the public's ADHD-like attention span.

  1. davidlfoster

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +14

    Just wish Facebook would die

    But I know that's not an opinion everyone shares. But I would love to see those "log-in with Facebook buttons" go away - like the one on this very site.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +16

    Facebook

    I really wonder about Facebook. I know of a LOT of people that have or had accounts that don't use them any more. I know of a good number of companies that were deeply into the Facebook thing a few years ago that have dropped it for other ways of getting their message out. Sites such as this use their login mechanics but what else? . Facebook likes to brag of their 900 million users. I wonder how many of those are active? Half? Quarter? Ten percent maybe that log in daily and post? Even my wife who has an account to keep up with her family doesn't go out there much any more. She used to go on a couple times per day, now it's once a week or less. There's a reason I didn't invest in Facebook stock. I don't see them as having staying power. Other than Facebook itself what else have they done? They've bought a number of other services but did they improve them in any way other than to integrate them into Facebook? Their security and user privacy protection has become a worldwide joke. Seriously, I have a feeling that the Facebook IPO might have just been a big scam to line the pockets of Z. and the rest of the top people before the bubble pops.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: Doesn't Make Sense

    1. User interface is the polar opposite of Apple's philosophy for ease of use. It's too much like Microsoft apps where the geeks determine design.

    And? So Apple should only team with a company that does design 'the apple way'? Um, since apple is unique in their way, they wouldn't be teaming with anyone.

    2. Stock value dropping like a rock due to insider trading in its FIRST week.

    Who cares what the company's stock is doing? When Apple's stock was dropping like a rock, you probably blasted anyone for daring to jump ship.

    3. Public mass exodus beginning an exponential rise like rats from a sinking ship on fire.

    Really? Didn't hear about this mass exodus. Probably something you read on twitter, right.

    4. FB board has their millions/billions from s******* early investors, and happy to jump ship, too.

    Isn't that the same thing you could say about Apple's board? Heck, that means Apple's on the verge of collapse as well!

    5. Apple has never leapt onto fads for these exact reasons.

    Um, yes they have. We have twitter integration. They started up Ping to get into the social networking fad.

    If Apple does decide to be duct taped to this sinking garbage scow, they can expect their loyal fan-base to jump their ship, too,

    OMG, you're a freakin' insane person. It's a blasted hook into the OS, just like your iCloud hook, your twitter hook, your email hooks, your Bing hooks, your google hooks, etc. It is NO different. But it's facebook, so somehow, this time, everyone's jumping ship! Right..... For what? Oh, yes, they're going to go back to pen and paper, because they certainly won't go Microsoft or Google or anyone else.

    out of a fear that Apple has completely changed their core philosophy to one where they kowtow to the public's ADHD-like attention span.

    Apple changed their core philosophy years ago, dude. They went from computers to handhelds. They now spend more time trying to figure out how to monetize their iOS devices then they do worrying about things like new versions of an OS or security or the like. If you think this is the turning point, you've been living with your head in the sand for too many years.

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