As the rumors continue about a photo sharing service from Twitter, there are new rumors floating around that Apple will provide system wide support in iOS 5 for Twitter and Twitter Pictures. Several sources, including TechCrunch, have reported that Twitter will announce its new photo sharing service at the D9 conference this week.
There are several third party apps that provide image services for Twitter; however, Twitter is reportedly read to keep many of these features “in-house.” Money is obviously another motivator, too, because millions are made by Yfrog for selling ads next to any images that are uploaded by Twitter users.
The latest report from TechCrunch says that Apple iOS 5 will have Twitter’s image service in the OS and there will also be a “Send to Twitter” option. It’s similar to the way that YouTube works in iOS. There are also some leaks that an Apple iOS designer has already let the cat out of the bad with a test link, according to Alexia Tsotsis, TechCrunch. She wouldn’t provide the link to anyone, though.
John Gruber, of Daring Fireball, went a bit further and hinted that there could be deeper integration. He wants to imagine what the system would be able to do if your Twitter account was system-level service.
Apple is planning several big announcements at the Worldwide Developers Conference next week , including the debut of iOS 5. Yesterday, Apple announced its iCloud service would be a hot topic at the conference during Steve Jobs’ address. Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is also expected to generate a buzz, as will the fact that iCloud will likely be for more than just music. The latest reports have Apple in talks with one more of the big four music labels. Agreements are already in place with three of them.