It appears that Apple and Facebook may be formalizing a relationship that will enable the social networking service to be fully integrated with Apple’s upcoming iOS 6, the operating system for both the iPhone and iPad.
The way Facebook will be integrated with iOS 6 will apparently be similar to how Twitter was integrated with iOS 5. The integration will allow for seamless sharing and uploading of photos straight from the user’s Photo app rather than using a separate app to do so. It’s rumored that there will be a Facebook button in the existing sharing screen that will allow users to share something on their Facebook walls.
This isn’t the first time Apple tried collaborating with Facebook for an iOS. The iPhone developers tried forming a relationship with Facebook for integration with iOS 4. However, that fell through and the companies attempted again with iOS 5. Facebook was featured in the beta version of iOS 5, but was eventually scrapped and Apple decided to partner with Twitter. It appears now that Apple will finally have the company it has wanted to work with for years.
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently made comments saying that Facebook is “the one company that is closest to being like Apple.” After that statement, Apple heavily promoted the Facebook Camera app on its App Store.
Apple may announce iOS 6 and their relationship with Facebook at WWDC 2012, which starts on June 11 and ends on June 15.