Apple To Integrate Twitter Into iOS 5?

Twitter is preparing to launch Twitter Pictures, a new photo-sharing service and Apple’s iOS 5 could bring system-wide support for the increasingly popular platform, Apple Insider suggests.

The social networking site has already listed Apple as one of its main partners to support Twitter Pictures. Twitter may have decided to launch this service so as to counter other third-party image services that generate millions after selling ads next to images Twitter users have uploaded.

Apple’s iOS 5 could have Twitter Pictures "baked into the OS" and offer a "Send to Twitter" option, just as it happens with YouTube’s integration in the iOS, it has been suggested.

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber could see the integration going deeper still, "Imagine what else the system could provide if your Twitter account was a system-level service," he commented.

Steve Jobs will introduce iOS 5 at WWDC next Monday and could also address areas such as "deep" voice command integration and notification and widgets improvements. Apple’s CEO will also introduce other updates such as Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and the iCloud service.

iCloud could also store video content not just music, recent rumours have suggested based on the hints that Apple is trying to sign licensing deals with major movie and TV studios.