NEWS ANALYSIS: Facebook is reportedly in talks with Apple to bring Home to the iPhone. Let's stop the nonsense. This just isn't going to happen.
The rumor mill is back at it. The latest story is that Apple is reportedly in talks with Facebook about bringing the social network's recently unveiled Home interface to the iPhone.
It's possible, the reports claim, that Facebook might also try to bring the functionality to Windows Phone. But it's the fact that Apple and Facebook might be talking about bringing Home to the iPhone that has everyone talking.
But perhaps all of that talking should end right now. Facebook Home is not coming to the iPhone, no matter how badly some crazed fans of the social network want it to happen.
Apple has, since its inception, been a company that does its own thing, and does it when it wants, how it wants. The very idea that Facebook Home would come to the iPhone in its current form is laughable.
So, here are the reasons why Facebook Home
, in its current form, will never come to Apple's iPhone.
1. This is Apple we're talking about
Is anyone thinking that the rumors are true even considering the company they're talking about? Apple is not, and has never been, a company that likes third-party application vendors to grab the spotlight on its products. That Apple would allow Facebook to come in and dramatically change its operating system the way it would to enable the currently Android-based Facebook Home is an absolute nonstarter for the iPhone maker.
2. There's already Facebook integration
Facebook integration is already alive and well on iOS
. Users can easily post photos to their profiles, communicate with friends and share information through their timelines. Although Facebook Home takes that a few steps further, it really shouldn’t matter. Facebook already has a home on iOS.
3. Android is not iOS
Let's not forget that Android is not iOS. Android is an open-source operating system that allows any company to play with it as it may like. Apple's iOS is a tightly controlled proprietary operating system that is built solely by the Apple's software engineers. For Facebook Home to come to iOS, the social network's engineers would have to get into the mix. Does anyone see that happening anytime soon?
4. Apple wants control over everything
Apple is determined to have total control over its products. It likes knowing that whatever product it puts out is being used exactly the way the Apple's top executives envisioned. With Facebook Home, Apple loses control. And that's just not in the company's genetic makeup.