Apple Announces Facebook Integration With IOS6, OSX Mountain Lion

Apple officially confirmed that Facebook will be integrated into its iOS 6 and OSX Mountain Lion operating systems for mobile devices and Macintosh desktops, respectively, at its Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco Monday.

Sister blog Inside Facebook reported the following Facebook integration features:

  • iOS 6 will offer a direct “tap to post” option, similar to Apple’s current integration with Twitter.
  • Facebook messages will be added to the Apple address book.
  • Facebook events will be added to the iOS 6 calendar application.
  • The Apple App Store already includes like buttons so that users can share apps, music, movies, and shows they like with their Facebook friends.
  • The Apple Game Center will import Facebook friends (Inside Facebook added that it is not yet clear whether Game Center challenges will work with cross-platform Facebook mobile games).
  • Safari on OSX Mountain Lion will also integrate Facebook similar to the way Twitter is integrated, but Apple did not detail this.

TechCrunch added:

  • Photos, websites, and map locations can be shared directly to Facebook.
  • Posts can be composed with all of the elements currently included on Facebook.com, including content, friend tags, location tags, and privacy settings.
  • Single sign-on for apps will be part of iOS 6.
  • Quick sharing via notifications will be possible.
  • Facebook will be integrated with Siri.
  • Syncing of contacts will be improved.
  • A public application-programming interface will be available.

Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook hinted at Facebook integration at AllThingsD’s D10 Conference in late May, saying, “Stay tuned.”

TechCrunch’s MG Siegler reported shortly thereafter that Facebook would be integrated with iOS 6, which had been code-named Sundance.

Readers: What do you think the next steps are for Apple and Facebook?

Screen grabs courtesy of The Verge.

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