Twitter rumored to be deeply integrated into iOS 5

Twitter is rumored to be deeply integrated into iOS 5, Apple's latest major update to its mobile OS.

Steve Jobs 2011 WWDC Keynote will get underway in less than 24 hours and details about what Apple has in store are slowly but surely emerging. As relayed in Apple's press release last week, one of the main topics of discussion will be iOS 5, Apple's upcoming and major revamp of their mobile OS.

To be honest, there haven't been many rumors circulating about iOS 5 details aside from vague allusions to location-awareness functionality along with voice integration. But late last week came word via MG Siegler of TechCrunch that iOS 5 will feature deep level Twitter integration.

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.

And lest you think that's all Apple has on the agenda with respect to Twitter, think again. Shortly after TechCrunch's report appeared, well-connected Apple blogger John Gruber cryptically posted the following: “So close to the bigger story, but yet so far. Imagine what else the system could provide if your Twitter account was a system-level service.”

Okay, color me intrigued.

Building on that, Robert Scoble this past weekend also threw his hat into the ring tweeting that "Apple is building Twitter in deeply into iOS 5."

In subsequent tweets sent out in reply to user questions, Scoble intimated that Twitter integration in iOS will be quite extensive and a lot more than "lame send to Twitter buttons."

Though we all know by now that Apple will not be introducing new iPhone hardware tomorrow, Apple has made a point to reach out to foreign tech journalists in an effort to convince them to trek all the way down to Cupertino. That said, it stands to reason that Apple believes its announcements related to iOS 5, OS X Lion, and of course iCloud, will be significant enough to warrant foreign correspondents making the grand trip to California.

Steve Jobs' WWDC keynote will kick off tomorrow at 10 am Pacific Standard Time.

Oh, and one more thing.

Not to get all conspiratorial, but Apple senior VP of iOS software Scott Forstall did join Twitter last July, though he only follows one person (Conan O'brien) and has yet to make a single Tweet. As has been suggested by others, will tomorrow be the day that his Twitter account goes active? Perhaps during an on-stage demonstration?

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