“Stay tuned,” was what Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook had to say about his company’s relationship with Facebook at AllThingsD’s D10 Conference earlier this week. That didn’t take long: According to published reports, Facebook integration will be a part of the latest version of iOS.
MG Siegler of TechCrunch reported that the new operating system for Apple’s iPhone and iPad — code-named Sundance, but likely to be dubbed iOS 6 — will include integration with Facebook alongside its previously existing partnership with Twitter.
The release of Facebook’s Camera iPhone application last week also hinted at the two companies coming closer to common ground.
Siegler proposed (and we agree) that the growing number of apps that require users to sign in and authenticate themselves via Facebook may have lit a fire under Apple, and the social network’s 900 million-plus monthly average users couldn’t have hurt matters, either, especially with more and more of them connecting to Facebook via mobile.
Siegler also pointed out that the single sign-on method of connecting to apps via Facebook — in which users are “fast-app-switched” into Facebook in order to authorize permissions, and then switched back to apps — will likely be handled seamlessly after Facebook’s integration into iOS 6.
What took so long? Cook said at D10:
They have their way of doing things, but people could say that about us, as well. Because you have a point of view doesn’t mean you can’t work with other people. As a matter of fact, I think in many cases, people who had strong points of view can appreciate each other even more.
We want to provide customers simple and elegant ways to do what they want to do. Anybody who has an iPhone or an iPad — we want them to have the best experience with Facebook on those platforms.
Readers: Are you looking forward to the release of the next version of Apple iOS?
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