Mashable posted an article yesterday that tells an interesting story about the relationship between Apple and Facebook. Although the two companies are expected to make a joint announcement next Tuesday, things haven’t always been peachy.

This is perhaps most obvious in the noticeable absence of a native Facebook app for Apple’s tablet. Facebook’s iPad app has reportedly been ready for several months, but we’ve yet to see an official release. Before his retirement, Steve Jobs was personally involved in negotiations with Facebook…

The issues between Apple and Facebook date all the way back to iOS 4.0. Apple was planning for system-wide Facebook integration in iOS 5, but the two companies got in an argument over the implementation.

The hard feelings were still evident as Jobs himself visited Facebook headquarters to hash out details on its iPad app:

“Roughly three months ago, Steve Jobs — then the Apple CEO — paid a visit to Facebook to discuss a Facebook for iPad application with CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg promised Jobs that the social network would release its first ever tablet application for iPad. Jobs, however, learned during his visit that HP was about to release a native webOS Facebook application for the TouchPad.”

According to the report, Jobs hit the roof when he heard that the company was nearly finished with a webOS app. It was apparent that Facebook was playing both sides, in order to receive maximum exposure on both platforms.

In fear of ruining the relationship with Apple for good, Zuckerberg vowed to get the webOS app pulled. But Jon Rubinstein of HP refused to halt its release. This broke down talks of an iPad app and likely contributed to its ongoing delay.

But now that webOS has been discontinued, and Facebook has an iPad app ready to go, sources indicate that “this is the closest Apple and Facebook have been to creating something meaningful together.” Tune in Tuesday to find out more.

  • Max

    I don’t like Facebook at all, hope it’ll go down just like MySpace

    • icekilleZ

      then why did you comment here

  • Burge

    What the hell has it got to do with apple if there is another form of facebook app on anther device…they don’t own Facebook ..and Zuckerberg can do what he see fit for his creation…what next you wont be able to call any other phone unless it’s a iPhone…

    • Max


  • This doesn’t sound like company negotiations, it sounds like a bunch of selfish buttheads that can’t get along.

  • Thanks for doing a bit more research this time.

  • MrBig

    That is really crazy. This idiots should just release a facebook app on every device available as fast as possible for our sakes. I can’t believe they are arguing like little girls and manage too keep the app from releasing. WHAT is the purpose of that? I really don’t understand…

  • Dustin

    Mean while, they should also fix their iPhone/iPod Facebook App, because It’s very buggy.

  • pumayim

    well clearly it doesnt matter i mean, the ipad runs the web version of facebook really well, i mean theres no real “need” for an app, because the web app is perfect and fully integrated as is.

    • Brad

      Can’t upload photos.