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  • Facebook Features to Be Built Into iPhone 4.0?


    Apple is reportedly working on integrating a number of Facebook features into iPhone OS 4.0, which is expected to be released with the fourth-generation iPhone at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco next month. Though reports are still sketchy, the functionalities to be built in may include contact syncing and chat by way of the native Messages app.

    The Facebook for iPhone app claims 34,391,643 "active users" as of this writing. If these stats are reasonably accurate, the app is therefore one of the most commonly used on the iPhone, and so it would make sense for both Apple and Facebook to leverage that. Android already allows you to sync Facebook contacts into its unified message system, so expect that functionality at a minimum. Apple is unlikely to just play copycat with Android, however - especially given that Android engineer Erick Tseng will be starting as head of Mobile Products at Facebook next week.

    The Silicon Valley Insider's Dan Frommer is reporting that there will be some integration of Facebook Connect "directly into the software developers kit," but without any details on how it will be implemented. Apple's new Game Center has yet to leave the starting gates, but it's already building a lot of buzz in terms of its social networking features. Apple would be smart to build in the ability for users to link their Game Center and Facebook accounts, which would give users a lot more opportunities to mix their networks. Also, the new iPhone, with its front-facing camera, is expected to bring new video-chat capabilities, which seems like a natural fit for the social-networking realm: it is called Facebook, after all.

    Facebook is known to be working hard on integrating its social platform with… well, pretty much everything, from search to browsing to shopping. So the appeal for them of having it built into the iPhone is clear. For Apple, they obviously have one big number in mind: the 400 million users of Facebook.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Facebook Features to Be Built Into iPhone 4.0? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. ForumSnoBorderRK's Avatar
      ForumSnoBorderRK -
      hahaha who the heck makes the front post photos
    1. THEINFAMOUS's Avatar
      THEINFAMOUS -
      The facebook app is 8lbs of monkey crap in a 2lb bag as of now.
    1. CaryDude's Avatar
      CaryDude -
      Great now we'll have sheep and goats and little trees to save the planet and ninjas all coming out of the iPhone... I'm NOT looking forward to this...
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Eh, I feel like this isn't really necessary. There is already a facebooc appm who needs this? Add in some GOOD features
    1. gsmumbo's Avatar
      gsmumbo -
      I've been using Facebook for years and I have yet to have any negative effects from Facebook selling my information to the terrorists and criminals. Some of you might want to check under your napkins. The NSA might have planted a bug.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Well for the people that like Facebook here is a app for that! I rather like it so far myself! Just came out a couple of days ago... free for the iPad..

      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1X3OHjLDHw]YouTube - sobees for Facebook, iPad application[/ame]


      iTunes link below...

      sobees for Facebook for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by gsmumbo View Post
      I've been using Facebook for years and I have yet to have any negative effects from Facebook selling my information to the terrorists and criminals. Some of you might want to check under your napkins. The NSA might have planted a bug.
      They only made the changes starting six months or so ago and then had the major overhaul of everything back in March.

      Selling the information isn't the entire problem with it. There are certain features on the site now that you cannot make private no matter what you try (short of setting up a new account and registering it as a "minor").
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      this could either turn out really good, or really bad
    1. lerrysan's Avatar
      lerrysan -
      Stop ******** over the damn Privacy crap on facebook. Personaly I use facebook all the time.... Between the facebook app and the buzz app that alone is like 80% of my iPhone use. I have plenty of pictures and some personal info on facebook, but if I want privacy then I'd leave my info on my pc. Regardless of what social network you use there will always be some kind of leaked personal info.... Remember it's the Internet and it's not 100% safe from hackers. Besides what personal data are people scared about on facebook, it's not like facebook asks for you social security number of credit card info to use an account....
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by lerrysan View Post
      Stop ******** over the damn Privacy crap on facebook. Personaly I use facebook all the time.... Between the facebook app and the buzz app that alone is like 80% of my iPhone use. I have plenty of pictures and some personal info on facebook, but if I want privacy then I'd leave my info on my pc. Regardless of what social network you use there will always be some kind of leaked personal info.... Remember it's the Internet and it's not 100% safe from hackers. Besides what personal data are people scared about on facebook, it's not like facebook asks for you social security number of credit card info to use an account....
      Facebook’s Gone Rogue; It’s Time for an Open Alternative | Epicenter| Wired.com

      Also, I just noticed about an hour ago that although I deleted listing my employer anywhere on my profile, when I go to the friends page that gives the options for how to find new friends, at the bottom of it there's a link still to find coworkers from said employer. That's gonna be a fun one to email them about in the morning. Especially if other coworkers are still able to find me on their coworkers list.


      Edit: I am quite interested in seeing how these Diaspora kids implement their open source idea once they finish the semester.
    1. soderberg's Avatar
      soderberg -
      like twitter, facebook could broght by fring,
    1. lerrysan's Avatar
      lerrysan -
      Besides, has anyone seen the 4.0 beta....... Where's facebook on it... Exactly....
    1. Maor949's Avatar
      Maor949 -
      i hope so
      that will be very useful..
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      @lerrysan they add new features in every new beta
    1. Captinsmooth's Avatar
      Captinsmooth -
      Quote Originally Posted by allenhayden View Post
      Facebook these days released an updated version of its iPhone (and alas iTouch and iPad) app. This new version of Facebook app for iPhone now features support for Facebook’s recently updated Groups feature. That’s not all though, as also included in this new v3.3.1 of Facebook iPhone app is a new “deals” feature, that lets you see the hottest deals near you - as supplied by Facebook.
      Also newly added is enhanced Facebook Places support.

      You must work for Facebook...lol Your post sounds like a infomercial...Also This thread has been dead for a long time, plus It is completely irrelevant now that the iphone 4 was released and this info was WRONG...
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Even if I don't use Facebook I sure as hell don't want it to be forced into my iPhone.