Latest Beta Hints At Facebook Integration For iOS 5

Latest Beta Hints At Facebook Integration For iOS 5

Those who are trawling through the source code of Apple’s latest iOS 5.1 beta have discovered references to the company’s upcoming iPad 3, and more interestingly, hints that Facebook integration could be making its way to iOS to accompany Twitter.

With the iPad 3 set to make its debut within the next few months, it’s hardly surprising that the new device is popping up in the iOS 5 software. Its J1AP and J2AP code-names — presumably related to the Wi-Fi and 3G models of the device — have been mentioned within the latest beta, putting to bed any worries you may have had about Apple discounting the device.

Latest Beta Hints At Facebook Integration For iOS 5

But what’s more surprising is that the beta also hints at future Facebook integration. The iOS 5 firmware already features Twitter integration, and Facebook integration has been the subject of rumors for some time — with previous reports claiming the feature was set to make its debut in iOS 4 before being dropped when an agreement could not be reached between Apple and the social network.

It seems, however, the two companies may have settled their differences. In iOS 5.1, users currently have the option to add Facebook profile information to their contact cards, in much the same way you can currently add Twitter usernames.

Whether or not this is indeed Facebook integration or just a way in which you can add handy links to Facebook profiles remains to be seen. Hopefully all will become clear with the release of iOS 5.1.

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  • ddevito

    Wow. Now that’s what I call innovation. That was introduced in Android circa 2009.

    LOL

  • Matthew Douglas

    This feature is already in the current iOS contact cards…

  • Brandon Montville

    This definitely predates the 5.1 betas. Lol. 

  • frnc11

    This functionality is available in iOS 5.0.1 for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. You can also add a Flickr and MySpace contact, but we all know there is no chance of MySpace integration.

  • Guest

    This is not even new for iOS.  I am on 5.0.1 and can go into edit mode on a contact, tap “add field,” select “Profile,” and then Facebook appears as a field.  

  • Tim Meesseman

    Show me where they said it was innovative. Or show me where every single feature in a phone HAS to be innovative.

    Stop trolling, seriously. This is just a nice feature to have.

  • OscarAlaniz

    This have been on iOS since day one, I think.

  • ddevito

    My point is that it is long overdue.

  • Clark Wallace

    Cult of Fandroid’s this way > http://www.cultofandroid.com/

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  • volodoscope

    OMG, I can’t stand Contacts app on iPad. It’s the weirdest size that doesn’t take the whole screen.

  • volodoscope

    who cares

  • joaojotta

    Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, MySpace…
    Some new services.

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    Yeah, copy/paste wasn’t on iPhone on day one and look at it now. It’s the best way to copy and paste. Apple spend so much time developing these features: quality, not quantity.

  • Barton Lynch

    …myspace? really?

  • Barton Lynch

    I sure hope for Facebook integration!!

  • steveyknight

    Lazy journalism. This has been in iOS 5 since it came out! Do you research anything before you publish. All of my contacts have a ‘Facebook’ field, I click on it and it loads up Safari to their profile. Please research before you post.

  • Wayne_Luke

    I had hoped this was actually something new. You know Facebook integration like the current Twitter integration in Settings. Not being able to list someone’s Facebook profile in a contact. We’ve been able to do that forever.

  • waynerod

    If you mean just adding the FB link to the contacts, that feature was already there!! I hope something more deeper will be there. For example, instead of Tweeting a link from Safari, you can post it on Facebook.

  • Elsic1975a

    I’ve been a big fan of CoM for a while now, but articles like this are the reason I’m looking elsewhere for reliable news. At no point is any proof provided that Facebook is in the new iOS Beta at the level that Twitter is, nor is there any mention of actual conversations between Apple and Facebook. I’m okay with articles that are pure conjecture so long as they’re labeled as such. In this case, I expected actual facts to accompany the piece, and they’re nowhere to be seen. CoM has done so much better in the past, and I really expect more out of your team.

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