For social media fans, the tight integration between iOS 5 and Twitter is one of the best reasons to upgrade. We touched on this integration in our in-depth iOS 5 review but we wanted to spend some additional time looking at how it works and what it means for users.
Since iOS 5 was released Wednesday afternoon, a number of additional apps in the App Store have been released with native support for Twitter. iOS 5 shipped supporting Twitter from the Photos app, Maps, YouTube and Safari. Since then, The New York Times app for iOS and the new iTunes Movie Trailers [iTunes link] app have both appeared with native Twitter support.
One of the new features for developers in the iOS 5 SDK is support for the Twitter API. Apple has made it easy for developers to add Twitter support to their apps and to allow users to easily control whether or not an app has access to post to their Twitter account.
With The New York Times app, the integration is easily accessible from any article page. Itâ€™s a nice touch to use the official app integration rather than building in a secondary authenticating mechanism.
Likewise, sharing links to movie trailers or to YouTube videos is quick and easy.
The genius part of how iOS is using Twitter, however, comes to control. After using an app that has access to Twitter, that app appears in a list in the Twitter panel of the Settings app. Thereâ€™s you can turn off Twitter support for an app. Maybe you donâ€™t want be able to tweet from the photos app or share your favorites from The New York Times. You can turn off support for one app without muting Twitter support system-wide.
Now that Twitter integration is so easy, we expect official support to find its way into many more iOS apps.
What do you think of the way Twitter and iOS 5 work together?
Author: / Posted: 13-10-2011