Apple exploring deeper Facebook integration in iPhone OS 4

Thu, May 13, 2010

News, Rumors

Citing a plugged-in source in the mobile industry, Dan Frommer of Business Insider reports that Apple is planning to integrate a number of Facebook features into its upcoming iPhone OS 4 update. The features, if indeed on Apple’s agenda, would most likely be introduced at this year’s WWDC event scheduled to kick off on June 7 in San Francisco.

But what sort of features does Apple have in mind?

Frommer writes that Apple is planning to add Facebook contact syncing to the iPhone, a nifty feature that would let users pull contact information from their Facebook friends list and add it directly to their phonebook.

Also churning on the rumor mill is that Apple may integrate Facebook Connect into the iPhone SDK itself so that developers can “more easily add Facebook social features to their apps.” That’s sort of cool, maybe, but we wouldn’t count on that happening anytime soon.

Apple’s biggest foray into the land of Zuckerberg thus far has been its Facebook integration in iPhoto ’09 which enables users to publish and automatically tag photos from their photo library directly into a Facebook photo album.


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