Apple's iOS mobile operating system gained integration with Twitter and Facebook in recent years, and a new report from 9to5Mac claims that the next version of the platform will likely add similar integration with Flickr and Vimeo. Citing unnamed sources familiar with Apple's plans, 9to5Mac claims that users will be able to sign into their Flickr and Vimeo accounts through iOS 7's settings menus — much in the way you can integrate Facebook and Twitter accounts right now. Additionally, it is likely that third-party apps will be able to access Flickr and Vimeo services using the native integration with iOS. Earlier reports have claimed that Apple and Yahoo (owner of Flickr) have been in talks to develop a deeper partnership for iOS 7.
Users will allegedly be able to upload photos and videos directly from the iOS Photos app to Flickr and Vimeo, similar to how you can share photos or videos directly to Facebook or Twitter now. Apple already offers integration with both Flickr and Vimeo in its OS X desktop platform, so it's not a far-fetched idea that this could come to iOS, as well. 9to5Mac notes that there is the possibility that Apple could decide not to launch the integration when iOS 7 is announced if the services are not yet ready for prime time.
One way to use that terabyte of storage Flickr now offers
Gaining integration with iOS could benefit Flickr and Vimeo just as much as it does for existing iOS users of those services, as it can expose many more new users to them. Yahoo just announced on Monday a complete revamp of the Flickr service, including offering one terabyte of online photo storage for free to users. Instantly uploading photos and videos from all iOS devices could be one way to make use of all of that storage.
One of the key advantages Android has over iOS is the ability to offer quick, system-wide integration with any service or app, making it easy for users to share content anywhere. Should iOS gain Flickr and Vimeo integration, it could bring the platform one step closer to what Android already offers.