Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg laughed off the thought of a Facebook phone Tuesday, but many of the features that users would want from that mythical product can be found in Apple’s iPhone 5, which was announced Wednesday. The newest smartphone and iTunes will feature Facebook integration as part of the company’s plan to deepen its ties with the social network via the iOS 6 software update.
Apple executives fostered discussion of the highly anticipated iPhone 5 Wednesday, showing off how Facebook is deeply integrated into the system. Scott Forstall, senior vice president of iOS software, explained that when a user asks voice-activated assistant Siri for a recommendation or to make a reservation for a restaurant, it will be easy to post these plans as a status update on Facebook — without ever touching the screen.
Earlier this month, we discovered more about how Apple will integrate Facebook into iOS 6. Apple executives showed off this integration Wednesday, demonstrating how users can easily like and share purchases made on iTunes onto Facebook. Users can see which of their friends have liked the application, book, or music that they’re considering buying.
The news regarding the iPhone 5 even gave Facebook’s stock a bit of a push.
Readers: Are you planning to purchase an iPhone 5?