HP TouchPad Said to Have Played a Role in Apple-Facebook Tussle

October 1, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Did you know this? Facebook and Apple are planning to launch Facebook iPad app on Tuesday, along with a revamped iPhone app and a new HTML 5 based web service.

We guess this is the closest Apple and Facebook have been to creating something meaningful together. But did you also know that the relationship between the companies was so close to falling apart?

Here is a quick look back in to what happened between the companies.

Back at the time of the iOS 4, Apple was planning to integrate the Facebook app into the operating system.

But talks fell apart over the APIs to be used for the integration. Subsequently, Apple pulled the feature. Things got worse with Facebook integration being pulled form Apple’s Ping social networking service for iTunes.

And this is how HP’s Touchpad came in between tech titans Facebook and Apple, almost a year after the plan to integrate Facebook app in iPad fell apart.

As reported by Mashable, the then CEO of Apple Steve Jobs visited Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discuss on Facebook application for the iPad.

Zuckerberg promised Jobs that the social network would release its first ever tablet application for iPad. But Jobs learned during his visit that HP was about to release a native webOS Facebook application for the TouchPad.

Facebook wanted to get the app pulled, but the then GM of HP’s webOS division refused to halt the release of the app. And the Facebook app for TouchPad did not really work wonders.

Now, Facebook and Apple have patched up their differences and are coming together to face Google, their common enemy!

Both the companies are said to be scrambling together to pull together the final details prior to the Tuesday event. Let’s wait and watch.

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