Does Apple integrate Facebook in iOS6? Not as much as most think

“MG Siegler posted a scoop on TechCrunch yesterday about the ‘relationship status’ of Apple and Facebook. Now the echo chamber is going on like Facebook is suddenly BFFs with Apple, similar to Apple’s relationship with Twitter,” Mike Elgan reports for Cult of Mac. “That’s both not true and would be bad news if it was true. Facebook is a lousy partner for Apple.”

“First, let’s be clear about what Siegler actually reported. He didn’t say Facebook would be integrated into Apple operating systems like Twitter is,” Elgan reports. ” Siegler has ‘learned’ from a source that Apple probably intends to announce some kind of limited integration, partnership or cooperation with Facebook.”

Elgan reports, “Specifically, when you currently use Facebook for iOS app ‘authentication’ — for using your Facebook username and password instead of setting up a new one for the app — iOS switches you to the Facebook app for the authentication, then back to the original app to complete the login. The new announcement should log you in without switching to the Facebook app and back. That’s it! That’s the news.”

Much more, including why Facebook is a lousy partner for Apple, in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. I hope this is true. I don’t trust Facebook any more than I trust Google, and I do not want to have to use either to “securely” launch aps. I do not want either of these companies following all my actions to build ever more detailed profiles of me, as they do if I do not specifically log out on each and every device I own each and every time I use any of their services.


  2. It’s like integrating Myspace into iOS
    Facebook my be relevant to some for whatever reason, but such a cheese-ball gimmick has no place as a permanent part of any OS.

    Twitter I get, simple, elegant and useful. Facebook is the bell-bottoms, fanny-pack and sideburns of tech that people will cringe at the thought of having had anything to do with it.

      1. Personally, I don’t use Twitter because I don’t want anyone to see my rants. I use Facebook every day. It’s been a great way to reconnect with friends from high school and med school (college – not so much, not sure why).

        1. I much prefer Twitter. I don’t need to “hear” or read any more than 140 characters of a post or rant. Brevity is the soul of wit. Any more is just babbling, when I’m wanting the narrative to get to the point.

          1. 208 characters. This is 140
            “I much prefer Twitter. I don’t need to “hear” or read any more than 140 characters of a post or rant. Brevity is the soul of wit. Any more i”

            Sorry, couldn’t help myself

      2. I have no use for the Twitter button either… so I don’t set it up. It’s really not that big of a deal. I don’t get why everybody is crying over the prospect of Facebook integration similar to that of Twitter integration in iOS.

        It isn’t like Apple is going to make you create a mandatory Facebook account in order to use iOS. Chill out.

  3. So, I read the article and disagree with his premise that Apple won’t partner with Facebook as extensively as they have with Twitter. Facebook may be a frenemy but Apple’s bigger concern is pleasing their users. Not having Facebook as an option on the share sheet is a glaring omission.

    It’s also interesting that iOS autocompletes Facebook (including capitalization) but doesn’t with Twitter. Yeah, yeah, I know Twitter has another meaning but iOS auto capitalizes other non-proper words.

  4. IF Cook is actually going to take advice from his ring of advisors about bloatware and how it may assist Apple with the future, Farcebook should not be on the 1-5 list they should consider. Although, this sure makes the decision for a NON-IPHONE purchase a lot easier…

  5. Do you guys remember Steve Jobs said Apple very carefully chooses which horses to ride and which not, when explaining why Apple did not support Adobe’s Flash?

    Add Facebook to the list of what nots.

  6. I have to admit that I prefer FB over Twitter, mainly because I use FB to share photos with family and friends and everyone’s on it. Twitter, on the other hand, I haven’t found a use for. I’m not interested in following celebrities or people I don’t know. I also don’t want to be limited to 140 characters or less.

    Incorporating and social media service into the OS doesn’t have to be permanent. If the service falls out of favor with the general public, it can always be dropped. Choices are better. Maybe some Apple influence would do FB some good.

    Ping was a failure. Maybe Apple should buy Spotify and remake iTunes into a more social music service.

    At the very least, Apple hopefully will add more robust features to iCloud (a la MobileMe) such as as bookmark syncing and Photostream galleries (with the ability to share, comment, purchase prints and also post to social media sites).

  7. I don’t use Twitter, either. Is there a way I can tell iOS that I don’t use Twitter and no longer waste the screen space with unnecessary Twitter buttons?

  8. I never understood the appeal of FB and still do not and have never used it. I am much more concerned about protecting my identity and security in general, when online, than I am interested in broadcasting my every move. Many of today’s careless users of such services will regret it when they apply for a job or a security clearance, etc., one day.

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