Facebook integration: New in OS X 10.8.2
Apple shipped their first OS X Mountain Lion update to world last Thursday and quickly followed that up with OS X 10.8.2 beta seeds to developers, asking them to focus their testing on Messages, Game Center, Safari (v6.0.1), Reminders and the newly minted Facebook integration.
iOS 6, which also includes Facebook integration, is likely due on or quickly following widely anticipated September 12 iPhone 5 intro. Apple’s counterpart desktop operating system update, OS X 10.8.2, is gonna happen concurrently or within days of that event.
However, there is an oddity in Apple’s official vs. rumored messaging in that Mac Facebook integration is promised “this Fall” and the iPhone 5 + iOS 6 introduction is “scheduled” for September 12 with delivery coming September 21 — the day before Fall.
Pedantic, yes. Meaningful? Perhaps…
Facebook integration, good?
Mac Facebook login, like Twitter, now takes place in System Preferences > Mail, Contacts & Calendars. However, an interesting twist on system wide Facebook login is that you can be logged in via System Preferences and share to Facebook via Safari, iPhoto, Preview, Finder, etc. and not be logged in within Safari.
One hopes this is a feature rather than a bug to be fixed. If Facebook integration means instant sharing without an active cookie and not being tracked, that’s a good thing.
That said, upon logging in, OS X copies your Facebook Contacts to the Contacts app on your Mac. These show up in Contacts under All Facebook and any other lists you have set up in Facebook. Along for the ride here is Notification integration — think Facebook friend birthdays.
However, you can opt out of contact sycing and delete Facebook Contacts, obviating thousands (!!!) of Facebook contacts.
Though it is still early, none of my informants have found any OS X specific account settings on Facebook.com. That said, the Mac login doesn’t appear in Facebook > Account Settings > Security > Active Sessions, which could be security issue (i.e. someone sits down in front and/or walks away with your Mac that’s logged in).
OS X 10.8.2 is currently available only in beta form to developers, so any and all of the above is subject to change.
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