updated 01:00 pm EDT, Fri June 3, 2011
Said to extend beyond photos
Apple is building Twitter integration very deeply into iOS 5, says a source quoted by technology follower Robert Scoble. The source, described as involved in the project, will only elaborate that the integration goes beyond simple photo sharing or "Send to Twitter" buttons. Twitter launched a native photo service on Wednesday.
Some possibilities might include widgets, notifications or video sharing. In any case Apple is expected to reveal at least some of its work on Monday, when it opens WWDC 2011 with a keynote presentation by CEO Steve Jobs. When iOS 5 might become available is unknown, though the timing could be as late as September, when the next-generation iPhone is expected to ship.
iOS 5 should represent the biggest overhaul of the iPhone firmware since it its inception in 2007. Some additional features may include a new push notification system, and integration with iCloud, which is also being previewed at WWDC. Beyond notifications, it's unclear if Apple will address other long-standing complaints such as the lack of a filesystem or the ability to install unapproved apps.