Facebook in Talks With Apple to Bring 'Home' to iPhone

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Facebook is in talks with Apple about creating a version of its "Home" software for the iPhone, reports Bloomberg.

    Originally released for Android devices earlier this month, Facebook Home puts Facebook at the front and center of the phone, displaying photos on the lock screen and transforming the chat experience with overlays called Chat Heads.

    According to Adam Mosseri, the director of product at Menlo Park, talks are ongoing and no plans have been finalized. "We've shown them what we've built and we're just in an ongoing conversation," he said.

    At a question and answer session after the unveiling of the new software Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed interest in bringing Home to iOS, but mentioned that an iOS version would be harder to create as Facebook would have to work with Apple. Mosseri says that the Home software would be altered to suit Apple's preferences.
    Facebook and Apple have had a troubled relationship in the past, being unable to come to a suitable agreement over Facebook integration in the now-defunct iTunes social networking feature Ping, but have worked together on Facebook integration in iOS 6 and Mountain Lion.

    In addition to speaking with Apple, Facebook is also courting Microsoft. Both Apple and Microsoft representatives declined to comment on the on the situation.

    Update: The Next Web disputes Bloomberg's report, claiming that no discussions are underway.
    It is, however, currently unclear how The Next Web's claim should be taken, given that Bloomberg's report is based on direct quotes from a named Facebook executive.

    Article Link: Facebook in Talks With Apple to Bring 'Home' to iPhone
  2. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
  3. kwiiboy macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2009
    FB: So is it a deal?
    Apple: No.
    FB: Are you sure?
    Apple: Yup.
    FB: Pretty please?
    ... and on and on.
  4. medazinol macrumors regular


    Jul 17, 2002
    Not gonna happen. Apple would never cede their precious springboard to anyone.
    Meanwhile, lots of innovation happening in the Android camp. *sigh*
  5. jreed91 macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2009
    I think this would mostly just be a lockscreen type functionality.
  6. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
    Finally, some Apple talks I really hope will fall though.
  7. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    Please no. Facebook needs to go away. It's awful.
  8. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
  9. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
  10. HarryPot, Apr 15, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2013

    HarryPot macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2009
    If this happens I think I will have to go back to candy-bar Nokia phones. Sometimes I miss their simplicity.
  11. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    This will happen as soon as Apple releases iTunes for Windows...

    ...er, as soon as Apple makes a video iPod

    ...ah, as soon as Apple switches to Intel

    ...no, as soon as Apple releases a phone

    ...um, wait, as soon as Apple creates a tablet

    ...or as soon as Apple gets into the eBook market

    ...as soon as Apple releases an "iPad mini"
  12. syd430 Guest

    I also heard that Apple is going to bundle a free 30 day trial of McAfee Anti-virus on the next gen iPhone as well. /s

    I don't think Apple is going to forget why people buy iPhones.
  13. alchemistmuffin, Apr 15, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 15, 2013

    alchemistmuffin macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2007
    Disagree. Trying out Facebook Home on my friend's "robot phone from evil company", it feels much more industrial. And since iOS 7 probably going to have industrial design now that forstall's gone, Ive's going to probably collaborate on Facebook home on iOS with new lock screen.
  14. j_maddison macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2003
    Nelson, Wales
    While having the ability to reply to a message without leaving an app would be handy, isn't the general consensus from the Android crowd that FB have created a poor alternative. I've not read many, if any, positive reviews from Android users about FB home.
  15. alchemistmuffin macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2007
    Well, if Steve Job was still alive, then Forstall would still be hired.
  16. Piggie macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
    Whilst I'm sure many won't want it.

    What's wrong with giving iPhone users "The Choice" ?
  17. Madhuboy macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2012
    Oh hell no- It should just be an option for some of them narcissistic stupid teenagers.
  18. Chris Grande macrumors regular

    Chris Grande

    Jun 17, 2003
    Apple could bundle the functionality in - make a "Facebook Wallpaper" setting for the lock screen.

    Actually, thinking of that I wouldn't mind a setting for the lock screen where beautiful curated pictures randomly get set, maybe of a specific genre.

    Personally unless all my friends were amazing photographers or you could pick a Facebook friend list that consisted of just my few friends that actually are; I have no interest in drunken party pictures or bad memes being the first thing I look at when I unlock my phone.
  19. Premium1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 26, 2013
    Well with the reviews it is getting on Google Play no thanks. Not to mention they should worry about fixing their poor mobile app rather than adding this gimmicky stuff.
  20. Vidd macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2006
    I don't even use Facebook and I think this would be a good thing. Make the system a bit more interactive, get Apple to think beyond the same static designs.

    How many people actually find that pulldown menu useful?
  21. Saladinos macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    Well we can be pretty sure this one really won't.

    Facebook Home is all about Facebook basically taking over your phone - from the moment you turn it on, every app you launch, etc - it's all about Facebook.

    Why would Apple agree to basically surrender the iPhone's Springboard? The only place you go to that isn't an app?

    If Apple did this, they might as well spin off the iPhone and sell it. It's that likely to happen. They would lose all control over the only thing they really care about controlling - the user experience.
  22. JoEw macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2009
    The closest thing to Facebook home that would happen is a widget of sorts on a lock screen or somewhere else in the OS (possibly coming into ios7 as a API), no way is apple going to let Facebook takeover IOS when they wouldn't even let Verizon put their logo on the iPhone.

    But hey maybe a jailbreak tweak ;p
  23. Derekuda macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2004
    no, no, NOOOOOOO!!!! I HOPE TIM COOK GETS FIRED! He's ruining a company in less then 2 years that Steve took more then 20 years to build! There is no way Steve would have ever been even open to talks about this. Tim Cook is horrible!
  24. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    Why are people opposed to this. Even if you don't want facebook home, having the ability to run a third party launcher would be a nice addition. Throw in third party keyboard support while their at it.
  25. CrazyForApple macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY

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