More Than Just Photos, Apple Is Integrating Twitter Deeply Into iOS 5 | Cult of Mac

More Than Just Photos, Apple Is Integrating Twitter Deeply Into iOS 5


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Evidence is mounting that when iOS 5 debuts at WWDC next week, it’ll feature some deep integration with microblogging service Twitter. Not only has Twitter launched a new photo sharing service just days before Apple is expected to unveil the ability to share photos via Twitter in iOS, but now blogger and tech evangelist Robert Scoble is saying that “next week will be a huge week for those of us who have lived on Twitter for the last few years.”

Citing a source who actually “built the Twitter integration into iOS 5,” Scoble said that he’s known about Twitter integration in iOS “for months now,” Scoble says that the said integration will go “a lot deeper than just photos.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Twitter may be built into the very DNA of iOS 5. Last week, John Gruber said that sharing photos on Twitter via iOS 5 was “[s]o close to the bigger story, but yet so far. Imagine what else the system could provide if your Twitter account was a system-level service.

My guess? Apple’s going to try to take on Foursquare with iOS 5, allowing users to check-in to locations and venues with their iPhones, iPods and iPads. It would give Apple a foot in the door to social networking, but wouldn’t make the folly of directly trying to compete with the likes of Facebook.

What are your guesses? If Scoble is right and Twitter support is baked right into the DNA of iOS 5, what will it actually let you do? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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