Additional Details About Expected Facebook Integration Surface
Just a few days ago, we noted the possibility that Facebook could in fact be finally deeply integrated into the roots of iOS, kudos to TechCrunch. 9to5Mac has revealed more details regarding the integration and how exactly it will work.
Such hinting isn’t surprising. After all, at the AllThingsD D10 conference last week, Tim Cook hinted at Facebook being baked into the core of iOS 6. Negotiations between Apple and Facebook have been existent for quite awhile now; it was just not known how exactly Facebook would be incorporated with iOS.
Today, 9to5Mac reported the following:
According to sources familiar with the Facebook integration into iOS 6, the integration will be very similar to Twitter’s integration that launched with iOS 5. The integration’s biggest presence will be in the iOS Photos application. Like you are able to send photos to Twitter from the Photos application, you will be able to post photos to Facebook. A single sign-on section for all Facebook connected applications is present in the iOS 6 system settings application. Like with Twitter, a new “social sheet,” as some people familiar with the matter call it, will appear for an accompanying status message.
Reportedly, Apple is also looking forward to taking advantage of Facebook’s liking system by deploying a new social sharing section to the App Store supposedly dubbed “App Liking”. Users will be able to like individual apps via their App Store pages, which will be published publicly on their timelines optionally with status messages.
Inside individual application pages on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch App Store will be a standard Facebook “Like” button. If a user is logged into Facebook via iOS Settings, these app “Likes” will be sent to their Facebook Timelines. Accompanying status messages will also be an option.
Discoverability of apps could be a potential issue with the deployment of such a social feature for the App Store. If Apple was to rank apps based on the number of likes received as an alternative to the current top 25 list, or by some other similar mean, then developers could easily manipulate the system – we’ve previously seen developers ripoff users to gain chart position by hacking iTunes accounts.
iOS 6 is expected to be introduced a week from today at Apple’s WWDC 2012 keynote.