A mock-up of Facebook integration in the Photos app of iOS 6
On Friday, TechCrunch confirmed that Facebook integration would be present in iOS 6, and now 9to5Mac has provided some further details about what that integration entails. According to the report, Facebook integration in iOS 6 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad will be similar to the preexisting Twitter integration introduced in iOS 5. The report claims that Facebook integration will be “system-wide,” with its biggest presence being in the Photos app for iOS.
iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users will be able to easily share their photos to Facebook after signing into their account through the Settings app. There will also be a so-called “social sheet,” as sources call the feature, which allows you to accompany a message alongside the photo or other item you are sharing to Facebook. Asides from photo sharing, Facebook integration in iOS 6 will also serve a big role in increasing App Store discoverability through a feature called “App Liking.”
Discoverability has always been a major downside of the Apple mobile apps market with hundreds-of-thousands of software apps, but Apple will by relying on the world’s largest social network to help fix that problem. Inside individual application pages on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch App Store will be a standard Facebook “Like” button. If a user is logged into Facebook via iOS Settings, these app “Likes” will be sent to their Facebook Timelines. Accompanying status messages will also be an option.
iOS 6 is expected to be unveiled at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference this June 11th – 15th. The public release of iOS 6 is slated for Fall of this year alongside the launch of the sixth-generation iPhone.