Integrating Facebook features into an app is nowadays a quite common task, and one of the most important steps in the integration process is the login functionality implementation. Logging in with Facebook not only allows you to attach a social characteristic into your app, but it can also be used as a login system instead of creating a custom one. By adding it you offer to users a familiar way to authenticate, considering that the majority of users use Facebook.
Facebook integration is natively supported since iOS 6, even though it’s still necessary to manually add the Facebook SDK into your projects. There are two ways provided by the SDK for logging in with Facebook. The first one consists of a relatively easy solution, as it uses a predefined login view which manages all the session and login related stuff. The second one is a more “heavy” approach as everything must be implemented and handled by the developer, but on the other hand the login process can be highly customized. The method that should be used into a project definitely depends on the app’s requirements. If the predefined, familiar Login with Facebook button fits to the application’s look and feel, then this should be the number #1 option. If further customization is needed, then the programmatic option is a one-way road.