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Facebook Integration Coming to iOS 5? (screenshots)

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Apple is building a lot of Twitter into iOS 5, but what about Facebook? The larger social network may be getting some iOS 5 love if the screenshots sent into Mac Rumors prove to be legit. While these screenshots could just be a Facebook fan’s doodling, a Facebook integration would make a lot of iPhone users happy.

The iOS 5 Facebook screenshots aren’t exactly earth shattering. They simply display the Facebook logo, an area to add an account and contact synching. The first screenshot is similar to what the iOS 5 Twitter integration looks like.

The second screenshot looks to be a status update screen launched from within iOS 5′s camera roll. From the looks of it, the iOS 5 Facebook integration would allow users to share media, their statues and locations on their own walls, with friends and groups.

Facebook is one of the most popular iPhone apps, but the mobile Facebook experience on iOS is far from perfect. Facebook still doesn’t have an official iPad app, relegating users to third-party apps that leave a lot to be desired. Uploading photos and videos to Facebook is a multi-step process if you shoot with the iPhone’s built-in camera app. Third-party apps such as Camera+ make it easier to share to Facebook, but it’s a no-brainer to build this feature into iOS 5 if Facebook and Apple can play nice together.

There is a chance that we’ll see an official iPad app from Facebook in the very near future if a rumor that popped up today is true. Mashable is reporting that the Facebook app for iPad will be unveiled at the iPhone 5 launch event, which will probably be at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.

iOS 5 was announced a few months ago and will most likely be launching within two weeks.  You can read more about what to expect in iOS 5 in this article (click here).

The iPhone 5 may be announced on October 4, which is just a week away.  Our best guess for when the iPhone 5 will actually be going on sale is October 15. The iPhone 5 is the year’s most anticipated phone and there is unprecedented demand for the device, partly because it’s been 15 months since the iPhone 4 was introduced.

You can read more about the iPhone 5 and iOS 5 in our iPhone 5 rumor roundup.

Facebook integration into iOS 5 might not be the most technical or geeky news around the iPhone 5 launch, but it’s something that would definitely be used by the masses, perhaps more so than Twitter.

Xavier Lanier is the publisher of Gotta Be Mobile and a photographer. He uses too many devices to count, but his current favorites are the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nikon D800 and Sony RX 100M II. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.

27 Comments

  1. Luka Šćepanović

    09/27/2011 at 12:00 am

    The screenshots are very low-res which makes me think that this may not be legit. Apple didn’t mention Facebook being integrated into the OS either so it doesn’t seem very likely.

    • Mike Sauer

      09/27/2011 at 12:11 am

      There’s like 190 or so functions that aren’t completely known about iOS 5…so maybe it’ll be something they’ll announce when iOS 5 is released.

    • Mike Sauer

      09/27/2011 at 12:14 am

      Also, maybe it’s a 3GS screen capture? 3GS owners were able to be in the beta right?

  2. GW Gaetz

    09/27/2011 at 1:05 am

    iOS 5 Beta 7 has been out since Aug 31 and there has been NO update since.  So why hasn’t this been found before?  Fake all the way…

  3. GW Gaetz

    09/27/2011 at 1:05 am

    iOS 5 Beta 7 has been out since Aug 31 and there has been NO update since.  So why hasn’t this been found before?  Fake all the way…

  4. guest

    09/27/2011 at 1:31 am

    Not to mention the incorrect spelling of “addresses” in the first image. Good one.

  5. Mattwright00

    09/27/2011 at 2:52 am

    um in the screen shot addresses is spelled wrong under update contacts lol.. enough said lol

  6. Mikemyerz666

    09/27/2011 at 3:12 am

    I would be extremely happy to have Facebook integrated into iOS 5 over Twitter. I think Twitter is absolutely stupid and I don’t understand the point. The Facebook app is garbage so I hope if this ever comes to iOS 5 that it won’t suck total balls.

  7. Mikemyerz666

    09/27/2011 at 3:15 am

    Didn’t some thing come out about Apple trying to add Facebook to it and some Apple employee said they didn’t put it in there because “Zuckerberg’s an asshole?” Seems like they wanted it but maybe they couldn’t/wouldn’t do it because of those phones out there that have the Facebook button on them.

  8. Mrcygnus

    09/27/2011 at 5:31 am

    This is fake. Addresses is spelled wrong. The “tag friend” icon isn’t consistent with the current FB iPhone app, and Facebook doesn’t list itself as Facebook Inc on the app store. It’s Facebook, Inc.

    Go back to bed, kids.

  9. Sn0wP1ay

    09/27/2011 at 7:50 am

    And why would the default keyboard have an @ button, only twitter uses @, total fakeage

  10. Ryan Taylor

    09/27/2011 at 11:11 am

    @574364b962ecc770320f26f5ae493e80:disqus Facebook also uses the @ button for tagging.

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  12. Noel

    09/27/2011 at 3:37 pm

    I think there’s already a lot of FB INTEGRATION in Android Phones and Windows Phone so Apple are going to mask the integration as twitter and later add FB as an update.

  13. philippe schlossberg

    09/27/2011 at 5:45 pm

    most likely a fake “made in France”, where addresses is spelled “adresses”.

  14. Benjamin Roberts

    09/27/2011 at 8:30 pm

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  15. Lea Allen

    09/28/2011 at 1:03 pm

    its about time to, its all twitter this twitter that, facebook is the number one in networking sites but lately it seems as if it get left out of everything!

  16. Franco J. Torres

    09/28/2011 at 2:24 pm

    Facebook is so much bigger than twitter. It would be a shame if Apple & Facebook can’t get along. They need each other.

  17. Jamie

    10/10/2011 at 5:15 am

    One would think someone who works for apple could spell “address”.. This is fake for sure.

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