Facebook Rumored to be Integrated in Next Version of iOS

By Miguel Leiva-Gomez January 18, 2012

All kinds of rumors have been hitting the Internet regarding the release of Apple's iPad 3, up to and including the release of two different iPads this year. Now, Apple seems to be considering the idea of putting other social networks into iOS 5 besides Twitter.

Over the weekend, iMore -- a blog about iOS news -- found that iPad 3's prototype contains hints that Facebook will be integrated in iOS 5.1 beta 3. Besides references to the major social networking site, other codenames exist like J1AP and J2AP. It seems that the "J1" and "J2" references hint at two different versions of the iPad 3.

Furthermore, iMore speculates that iOS 4 was going to integrate Facebook, but this was stopped by a failure to reach an agreement with the social networking website. It's possible that this discovered code was just some older commented info left over from the previous version of the operating system.

The blog includes a rather interesting screenshot showing a Facebook contacts application within Apple, but it's not clear whether it would be in the final release. The application contains a field for you to input a user name from Facebook.

If Apple actually integrates Facebook in its next release, it will have done a smart move, since Windows Phone and Android have already integrated Facebook capabilities in their operating systems. Additionally, Apple might lose popularity if it doesn't slap on some fancy interface allowing you to connect to a major social network. Let's face it: The world belongs to Facebook at the moment, and many people would appreciate this addition.

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Miguel Leiva-Gomez is a professional writer with experience in computer sciences, technology, and gadgets. He has written for multiple technology and travel outlets and owns his own tech blog called The Tech Guy, where he writes educational, informative, and sometimes comedic articles for an audience that is less versed in technology.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

TechZone360 Contributor

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