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Tuesday, October 02, 2012, 02:58 pm PT (05:58 pm ET)

Mark Zuckerberg received free iPhone 5 from Tim Cook

In an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's The Today Show, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg reveals that Apple CEO Tim Cook sent him a free iPhone 5, a gesture usually afforded only to important business partners and public figures.

Mark Zuckerberg Interview

Mark Zuckerberg (left) speaks to The Today Show's Matt Lauer. | Source: The Today Show


The gratis handset comes as no surprise given the importance of Facebook on both Apple's OS X and iOS, with tighter integration rolled out for each platform in their latest releases.

In the interview (via Business Insider), Zuckerberg commented on how the iPhone 5 and iOS affects Facebook interaction:
iPhone is a great platform. There are more people who use Facebook on Android — because Android is just — more people use it, at this point. And the thing that I think a lot of people don't think about is that there are actually more people in the world using Facebook on mobile Web, right, so not using the apps on iOS or Android, but actually just going to a browser on a phone. There are more people doing that than the iPhone and all of Android phones combined, right? So it's actually a pretty diverse ecosystem.

Apple's iPhone 5 is the first of the company's handsets to ship with built-in Facebook integration, a feature included in the new iOS 6 mobile operating system.