The iOS for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch will allow users to tweet photos, maps, websites and other items directly from devices. Apple-Twitter alliance will be a boosting energy for Twitter, the micro-blogging site, which has been under threat with the surging popularity of Facebook.
"People send more than a billion tweets per week," said Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iOS software, during his keynote speech at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. "And we hear from a lot of our customers on iPhone and iPad and iPod Touch that they love Twitter. And so we want to make it even easier for all of our customers to use Twitter on iOS products."
With single sign-in feature, iOS 5 users can access Twitter and directly tweet from built-in iOS apps such as Photos and Camera, Safari, YouTube, and Maps.
Apple's iOS 5 will also pull Twitter profile pictures and Twitter handles into an iOS user's contacts list alongside names, email addresses and phone numbers.
"Building Twitter into iOS 5 truly creates the easiest way to share everything that"s happening in your world. Take a picture, tap 'Tweet'. Tweeting has never been simpler," wrote Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder on the company blog.
It's interesting to see Apple, which unveiled its new cloud storage service known as iCloud, selecting Twitter over Facebook, which has three times the number of users than Twitter. Industry analysts opinionated that Microsoft's investment in Facebook for their Windows Phone 7 devices may be the primary reason for Apple to think over Facebook.