Tim Cook thinks Apple and Facebook could work together more

By , Feb 23, 2012

Apple’s iOS and Mac integration with Twitter is a relatively new thing, and one that has had impressive results for the social network with reports of a 25% increase in sign-ups coming after the release of iOS 5. While Twitter is currently the only social network tied into iOS, that may not always be the case.

During a shareholder’s meeting today, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted that the company could become closer to Twitter’s largest rivals, Facebook, and that he has personally always thought the two could work more closely.

The news will come as music to the ears of Mark Zuckerberg and his band of cronies, with any link to Apple being a veritable gold mine these days…

During the meeting Cook said that integrating Twitter into iOS 5 had been great for the social network, alluding to that 25% increase in sign-ups, and that it also benefited Apple’s own users. Bringing Facebook into the fold could only benefit those same users even further.

“We do a lot with them, our users use Facebook an enormous amount. I’ve always thought the two companies could do more together.”

References to Facebook have been found in various pre-release versions of iOS all the way back to iOS 4.0, though the final shipping product has never sported the feature. Apple did briefly tie Facebook into its Ping music network, though that soon ended after Facebook grew upset at the lack of a deal between the two sides.

Bringing Facebook integration to iOS is something of a no-brainer, and with the largest social network already tightly integrated into both Android and Windows Phone, it is only a matter of time before iOS follows suit.

[CNBC]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1328808990 Bhuvan Kalra

    Yes! I really want Facebook integration in iOS. I don’t use Twitter much. All my friends, schoolmates are on Facebook.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Bolden/723717062 Brandon Bolden

    they should’ve integrated fb instead of twitter anyways!

    • http://twitter.com/thehayhorse Hayden Jenkins

      twitter is much better than facebook..it’s light and fast, fitting perfectly with iOS.

      • David Villamizar

        yet not as good as facebook is to share videos and pictures, you can share almost anything with facebook easily, twitter uses a bunch links to share that kind of content

      • Anonymous

        light and fast isnt exactly what i look into socialnetworking.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JWYW3FMA72L6OGVTKF6SXM3OCY Willie Walker

    I kind of like twitter better than Facebook, it has really grown on me. But it would be nice to have the Facebook option as well. The more option in iOS the better.

  • http://twitter.com/Infinitypark003 Dustin

    First, how about Facebook goes to work
    and FIX the problems on their App? Based on those Reviews, you really need to fix It.

    I would like the option to have Facebook integration because It can make sharing more efficient. Considering I use both Facebook and Twitter a lot, this may come in handy when I need to share things.

  • http://twitter.com/imonabalcony ΛLΞX ¥OUNG

    I really wouldn’t appreciate fb integration into ios.. They have been proven to push the boundaries on everyone’s privacy and I frankly don’t trust them enough to have deep Facebook roots into my smartphone. I’m sure plenty would agree? The worst track record to date when it comes to socialmedia privacy. C’mon apple

  • http://twitter.com/marcsiegert Marc Siegert

    I would like to have the opposite: An option to completely remove Facebook from my Mac: No Facebook buttons, no Facebook cookies, no links to Facebook, not even a mention of Facebook. That would be a nice step forward.

    • http://twitter.com/spockerz spockers™

      Yes!!!! Thank you, I thought I was the only one thinking this. In fact, you’ve inspired me. I already have adblock and flashblock extensions on my desktop browser, so I’m going to search for a FB blocker.

  • http://twitter.com/blckaapl B L C K A A P L

    Its taking too much RAM. I’d stick with Safari.

  • http://twitter.com/M0esmac Modest Noreika – Moo

    I don’t like that. Soon, iOS will have every small shi* integrated in it…

  • http://twitter.com/MattGregg97 Matt

    I’d like Facebook iOS integration