Latest iOS Beta Suggests Deep Facebook Integration Coming Sooner Than Later

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iOS already has Twitter's DNA woven into its own code, which is nice for posting things from various other apps into the 140-character social network. But as some code monkeys have discovered in a recent beta, it looks like Facebook will be getting the same treatment in future versions of iOS.

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According to iMore, Twitter user @jackoplane found the code snippets, along with references to the iPad 3, in the iPad version of iOS 5.1 beta 3. Facebook and Apple had been previously been rumored to be working together on this in the past after code had surfaced in previous betas, but the partnership was never realized, and the code disappeared from subsequent versions of iOS.

Now it's back, leading some to speculate that we could see this functionality as soon as the release of iOS 5.1. Direct photo uploads to Facebook wouldn't be too shabby. [iMore via Business Insider and Redmond Pie]

DISCUSSION

A close my Facebook account would be pretty neat. Maybe Apple has the pull to make it happen without the waiting period and the gotchya, you looked at a Facebook page so we'll reset your account closing and make you start over idiocy.

Also, a "Disable Facebook Tracking" setting would be nice for Safari. Better yet, close down all those stupid social and tracking badges and halve the load time. I'm still stuck on 3G.

Apple is coming late to the show. Does anyone still use Facebook? Almost everyone I know has been shutting down Facebook as kind of invasive and worthless. The only time anyone would ever look at Facebook pages was when visiting and wanting to share photos. Now, we just email the photos and leave the computers alone when we get together.

I don't know much about Twitter, but it seems like everything good gets blogged, so why deal with the raw stream?