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Rumor: Apple 'afraid' of Facebook's power

updated 11:45 am EST, Fri March 4, 2011

Rumor has Apple avoiding Facebook integration

A rumor circulating Friday has suggested that Apple is afraid of and distrustful of Facebook. The tip, reportedly from a Facebook team that handles external deals, claimed that "they hate" Facebook at Apple because of its power. Facebook's iPhone app and services are important enough that they could up-end iOS itself if there was enough deep-level integration, SAI heard.

The lack of Facebook integration in contacts or the photo app were cited as examples.

Doubts have surfaced as to the accuracy. iMovie for iPad has shown Apple widening support for Facebook and adding direct video uploads to the social network that aren't present in the current iPhone or Mac versions. Sightings of a Jobs and Zuckerberg meeting last fall would imply that the two companies are getting closer and may have directly led to the iMovie feature.

Facebook may also be a convenient proxy in Apple's attempts to beat Android and could help it out by offering integration that Google wouldn't. The search engine's feud with Facebook over data exports has lately led to it pulling sync features and otherwise declining to give any special treatment.

The social site has been pushing for as deep a link as possible and has been forging ties both with OS developers and individual hardware makers. While it has said it won't make its own OS anytime in the near future, the HTC ChaCha and Salsa may give Apple reason for concern as they not only put Facebook at the top of the interface priority list but have dedicated Facebook buttons.

By Electronista Staff


  1. cmoney

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    Everyone should be afraid of Facebook's power.

  1. stenniz

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    Man are you full of c***. Must be a slow news day!

  1. imactheknife

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    Must be afraid of losing his job so he comes up with this c***....Google is who I distrust the most...

  1. rickcj

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    If Facebook vanished tomorrow I wouldn't miss it. My Mac yes.

  1. bobolicious

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    Agreed - what you don't know may hurt you...

  1. Arty50

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    The only thing I am scared about is Facebook wanting to get deep hooks into my OS.

  1. Athens

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    Facebook did help bring down Egypt lol so ya its a powerful medium but I think the power is in the users not the company itself.

  1. MyRightEye

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    Nothing to see here, move along folks, nothing to

  1. climacs

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    I'm reminded of the idiots at Nokia who referred to Apple as, 'the California Fruit Company'. That is a pretty stupid and arrogant and foolish thing to say about the company that is going to put you out of a job one day.

    IF Apple is 'afraid' of Facebook, that's a lot better of an attitude to have about a potential competitor. But I hardly believe that they are 'afraid'. "Concerned", sure. Unlike most of their competitors, Facebook's executives and CEO 'get it'.

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    You kidding?

    "The lack of Facebook integration in contacts or the photo app were cited as examples"

    And that big update that iPhoto '11 (ok, on the Mac, not on iOS) got? With "improved Facebook integration"?? Yeah, Apple must be crapping their pants.

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