iOS 5 to include deep, system-wide Twitter integration?

Could iOS 5 include deep, system-wide Twitter integration? It could if TechCrunch and Daring Fireball are correct. First up, MG Siegler rumored:

We’ve heard from multiple sources that Twitter is likely to have a big-time partner for such a service: Apple. Specifically, we’re hearing that Apple’s new iOS 5 will come with an option to share images to Twitter baked into the OS. This would be similar to the way you can currently share videos on YouTube with one click in iOS. Obviously, a user would have to enable this feature by logging in with their Twitter credentials in iOS. There would then be a “Send to Twitter” option for pictures stored on your device.

To which John Gruber added:

Imagine what else the system could provide if your Twitter account was a system-level service.

We've seen Apple work with Twitter on Ping integration after their initial efforts with Facebook fizzled. If iOS 5 includes Twitter as an option in the Action button, the way it does everything from email to MobileMe to YouTube today, is that interesting? Or is there something beyond even that?

[TechCrunch, Daring Fireball]

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iOS 5 to include deep, system-wide Twitter integration?


I have Twitter post my tweets (but not @replies or @user) to Facebook. A decent workaround to the no FB integration in Ping.

I can't imagine apple not providing ios integration with facebook if they are planning on providing it with twitter... probably just leaving an FB announcement for the actual keynote...

I imagine it means you could a fraction of the things that an Apple-endorsed endorsed X-Callback-Url scheme would provide, just limited to Twitter and Twitter only, and with the added feature of sucking all the oxygen away from existing Twitter app developers.

Happy about this but Facebook should be included too but I guess Apple is still feeling the sting from the Ping diss.

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Ugh! Twitter? I only use Facebook and would love FB integration, something I've wanted for years now! Grr! Maybe FB will be included too...

Yay! This would be awesome! I have my tweets integrate with Facebook, so this works for me! Ajfkfhf WWDC needs to get here!

No, no, no! Keep iOS as clean as possible. None of that facebook or twitter integrated crap. Just let them keep their apps separately from the system.

I think twitter integration makes some sense, but all in all if that is the main "bump" in iOS 5 I will be disappointed, and I love twitter. Glad it's not Facebook though, Facebook kind of stinks, to me anyway way to much "stuff" too it, keep it simple.
I'll be impressed if they implement a better notification system, and maybe some android style wifi/bt toggles.

Please NO. Don't put this crap on an iPhone, I can't stand twitter and facebook, I don't need it integrated with my phone! This better not become the norm!

Twitter is more world wide than facebook , maybe thats why they're going with twitter for now. I'm sure they'll add the same services they do in iPhoto ( flicker and facebook )

I don't think that was something that was really needed but I might use it as long as I can post a message along with the picture instead of opening the twitter app.

this seems like something that all the other OS's already have. why is it such a huge deal? I have a BB and an Android that I can go to my pictures gallery and "send to twitter" very easily (whether it's the official twitter app for the platform or a third party twitter client) so what's so "deep" about this twitter integration. Both these platforms have the ability to link a contact to a twitter profile also. how much deeper do you need to go than that?
please don't take this to be trolling, but seriously, how is this worthy of it's own post?

I use neither Twitter or Facebook. In fact, I don't think I use any Web 2.0 social media services. Hopefully, iOS 5 will have more for me than just social media integration.

I wonder if it would use apple server as a proxy. That would be nice, then it wouldn't be a broken feature in China where twitter is blocked.

I agree with some other posters, leave iOS clean. I think system integration is okay, but don't have it integrate until the official app is installed on the system. Maybe have an integration API to handle it for any app or service that wants to enable it.

Dear Apple,
Integrating Twitter and/or FB is not an improvement to iOS. I have zero interest in having all my friends & family know what I am doing and/or thinking every moment of the day. What I would like, and I think many would agree, is 1. a better notification system, 2. better sms, 3. better battery life. Check out the most popular jailbreak apps in Cydia - incorporate those instead

can't wait to see all the iOS5 enhancements! and REALLY hope that apple releases iOS5 on June 6 right after the keynote...

yer its just that i no nobody who has twitter everybody has facebook only celebrities and a few people have twitter though through that would be awesome

I don't use Twitter. And I don't want it deeply integrated into anything. Why do Apple followers love have things deply integrated in their buttocks? Any negative replies to this post means you are stupid and gay.