The 2011 Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) gets underway at 10am in San Francisco today and as well as promised news on Mac OS X Lion and their new streaming iCloud service, Apple is expected to unveil the next generation of their mobile operating system: iOS5.
For Twitter users who own an iPhone or iPad, this is exciting stuff, as rumours suggest that Apple is ‘building Twitter in deeply’ into iOS5. But what exactly does that mean?
Tech evangelist and early-adopter extraordinaire Robert Scoble kicked off the speculation on Friday.
And he even had some follow-up tweets after being pressed by his network.
Scoble, while perhaps a little guilty of over-enthusiasm from time to time, is often right on the money with these stories. But while this has definitely whetted our appetite, there’s not much more we can take from this.
So, let’s head on over to TechCrunch, who also have a view.
“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,” writes MG Siegler, stating the usual multiple sources.
It’s almost a given that iOS5 will incorporate Twitter’s new photo-uploading tool in some capacity – certainly their timing on the announcement of this feature seems more than coincidental – but that alone doesn’t seem like a particularly fanciful way to cement this relationship, particularly if the end result is those aforementioned lame ‘send to Twitter’ buttons.
In a new post, TechCrunch even has a ‘screenshot’.
Make of that what you will. Certainly it seems likely that Apple will improve its rather intrusive push notifications system, and the way the official Twitter apps notify you within the iPhone and the iPad will also benefit from this update. I don’t use push notifications for Twitter and likely never will, but for many they’re invaluable, and I’d expect to see a slicker take in iOS5.
It seems probable that this deeper integration with Twitter will also be an option for app developers within iOS5, and I would imagine that we’ll see the emergence of more Twitter-aligned games in the months to come. Hopefully these will tap into Twitter’s social graph to build player profiles and environments, as opposed to simply flooding the network with more irritating spam.
We’ll have to wait and see. Steve Jobs is presenting at WWDC, so once again the world will cling on to and over-analyse each and every word that emerges from his lips. In the meantime, wouldn’t it be great if Jobs took this opportunity to go live with his own Twitter profile and publish a tweet? Sure, that’s about as likely as Apple announcing that they’ve bought Twitter, but it would certainly be a perfect opportunity to introduce and validate this new relationship.