Apple CEO Cook: 'Stay tuned' for deeper Facebook integration in iOS
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook hinted future versions of the iOS mobile operating system will integrate more closely with Facebook's social networking platform, urging consumers and media to "stay tuned."
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Speaking Tuesday at the All Things D conference, Cook said "[Facebook has] their own way of doing things. But people can say that about us as well. But just because you have different views doesn't mean you can't work together. We want to provide customers simple, elegant ways to do the things they want to do. And Facebook has hundreds of millions of customers. And anyone with iPhone or iPad wants to have the best experience with Facebook on any device. So stay tuned."
Cook's statement echoes comments he made during an Apple shareholder's meeting in February. At that time, Cook said he considered Facebook a "friend" of Apple, adding "We do a lot with them. Our users use Facebook an enormous amount. I've always thought the two companies could do more together."
Official word of a closer Apple/Facebook relationship could come as soon as Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference, which kicks off June 11. Many onlookers are expecting Apple to announce its iOS 6 operating system update at the event. Apple unveiled iOS 5 in October 2011, introducing deep integration with the Twitter platform allowing users to sign in once and then tweet directly from all Twitter-enabled apps--among them Photos, Camera, Safari, YouTube and Maps--with a single tap. Twitter signups tripled in the week after iOS 5's release.
On Tuesday, Cook suggested iOS 6 also could bring improvements to the iPhone's Siri voice recognition software. He said Apple has "a lot of people working on it" and that it plans on "doubling down" on the feature. "I think you'll be really pleased with some of the things that you'll see over the coming months on this," Cook said. "We've got some cool ideas about what Siri can do."
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