Following months of rumor mongering and speculation, it would seem that one of the headline new features of iOS 6 indeed is system-wide Facebook integration, TechCrunch has learned from sources. This capability will reportedly work as seamlessly as Twitter integration in iOS 5.

You’ll simply provide your Facebook account credentials in Settings and then approve apps to automatically use your account when needed. The report jives with news of apps, not the OS itself, being the focus of iOS 6 that iDB broke today.

As our credible source with deep connections at Apple pointed out, big stuff is expected in stock apps across the board as Apple has apparently re-written them from the ground up to take advantage of new iOS features.

At this point, there’s no reason to doubt that Facebook sharing will be rolled out across Apple’s apps in iOS 6,, much like Twitter comes enabled in Safari, YouTube, Maps and so forth…

MG Siegler, reporting for TechCrunch, writes:

Now the two sides appear on the brink of formalizing the relationship. After much speculation, Facebook integration will indeed be baked into the latest version of iOS, we’ve learned.

It’s important to note that Apple being Apple, something could change in the next week and a half (see again: Facebook/Ping). But as of right now, Facebook is a go in iOS “Sundance”.

The feature will eventually make it into OS X Mountain Lion, but reportedly isn’t ready on the Mac side yet.

Siegler also notes that sharing is still being hammered out, leading him to speculate:

Sharing is the other big part of the iOS/Twitter integration, and will be important for iOS/Facebook integration as well. But Facebook is significantly more complicated than Twitter in that there are all kinds of permissions for what you can post where and who can see what. And Open Graph adds another layer of complexity to all of this.

My guess is that Apple will keep things simple with at least the initial Facebook/iOS integration. Beyond authentication, there will probably be a Facebook button in the existing share screen which will allow you to share something to your Facebook Wall.

It’s interesting that Twitter is holding tech sessions at WWDC focused on its partnership with Apple and the upcoming integration of Twitter sharing in OS X Mountain Lion.

That being said, I’m excited beyond description.

This has been my biggest feature request ever since the original iPhone launched five years ago, when a friend of mine bragged about deep Facebook integration in the BlackBerry operating system.

With Facebook’s user base approaching one billion and iOS devices nearing 400 million units in the wild, I’d say Facebook and Apple/iOS is going to be huge.

And with Siri also deeply integrated into the bowels of iOS and, hopefully, getting improved with new stuff, I think we’ll be able to use our voice to update our Facebook statuses.

As Tim Cook said, “stay tuned”.

Are you excited about this as I am?

  • Anonymous

    DO NOT WANT.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed – not only more bloat but more intrusive too..

    • AGREED!

  • I had thought Twitter/Facebook integration into iOS would be an awesome feature. Don’t get me wrong it’s pretty neat, I just don’t use it. But hey, add it on in to iOS. Lol

  • Anonymous

    So incredibly useful, now people can “like” my network settings.

  • Anonymous

    someone correct me if i am wrong but wasn’t Twitter supposed to have “deep integration” as well?

    i still do not see it

    • Exactly why you “don’t” see it. Deep integration. Lol. Jk…kind of….not really.

  • Instagram integration would be much better.

    • The only benefit that would have is that you wouldn’t have to download the Instagram app. It would be a pretty pointless thing to implement into iOS 6 if you ask me :/

  • but i don’t have a facebook…

  • Very cool!

  • I can honestly say I do not care one bit. I hope Facebook ceases to exist!

  • They should have done it oN iOS 5, so that they could have made some more Improvment on the upcoming IOS 6… Whatever, I use the tweak Fusion and it works flawlessly When I update my status or something 🙂

  • Don’t like giving other apps access to my FB account. Twitter never sends notifications and FB only notifies me occassionally. Why is this? Why is it all so shite?

  • Anonymous

    YAWN!!

  • Michael Jacob

    “..reportedly a reality”

    That’s going into my book of oxymorons.

  • Facebook is shit, I don’t want to have it integrated on my Apple Devices.

  • I don’t understand why they chose Twitter before Facebook in the integration, as Facebook has more active users. I would welcome the integration of Facebook, I use it every day and would love to post videos directly to Facebook just as I can to YouTube.

    • Steve Jobs’ desire for pissing off Zuckerberg was obviously stronger than customer satisfaction.

  • I hate facebook. And for the life of me, especially after the IPO flop, I can’t understand why anyone puts any value in it.

    I use it to keep up with my kids, but a simple phone call and MMS can do the same thing – not to mention other free blogs, etc.

    If it weren’t that my kids (and yes, unfortunately, even my parents), I’d never ever use it.

    Now I have to get used to its’ integration on my iphone? FFS.