iOS 11 ditches Facebook, Twitter, Flickr integration

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There’s a lot of stuff Apple didn’t get a chance to tell us about in iOS 11 during Monday’s WWDC 2017 keynote. Most of the new iOS 11 features look awesome, but you might not be so keen on a couple of changes — like the disappearance of a number of popular social media services.

Apple made sharing easier when it started integrating social networks into iOS by default. It started with Twitter in iOS 5 back in 2011, then expanded to support Facebook in iOS 6 in 2012. Flickr and Vimeo followed later.

But instead of continuing to add additional services, Apple is ditching social media integration altogether in iOS 11. Developers who got their hands on the update’s first beta spotted the change after it rolled out Monday.

“Social accounts have been removed from Settings iOS 11,” Apple confirms. “Third-party apps no longer have access to those signed-in accounts.”

But social media integration isn’t really needed in iOS anymore. Since Apple introduced share sheets, it’s never been easier to upload photos and videos to your favorite social media services, and to share content between different apps.

The change might take a little bit of getting used to after upgrading to iOS 11, then, but it certainly shouldn’t make life any more difficult.