RUMOR: iOS 6 to Bring Systemwide Facebook Integration

Posted on June 3, 2012 by

iOS 6 will include system-level Facebook integration, according to TechCrunch. The integration will be similar to what we saw with Twitter in iOS 5. This report comes only days after Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke positively about Facebook at the D10 Conference, closing his thoughts on Apple and Facebook’s relationship with the phrase “stay tuned.”

After much speculation, Facebook integration will indeed be baked into the latest version of iOS, we’ve learned.

To be clear, Twitter will still very much be a part of the new iOS (presumably named “iOS 6″ and codenamed “Sundance“), and that company will be holding sessions at WWDC to chat more about the continued partnership (including the integration into the forthcoming OS X Mountain Lion). But Facebook integration will be very important for iOS — tons of apps use Facebook for sign-ups and authentication (many use Facebook as the only way to do this, to the dismay of some). Apple was undoubtedly watching this activity and realized that it was time to formally bring Facebook on board.

Most likely the iOS 6 Facebook integration will be unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference next week.

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