The forthcoming iOS 7 software update will feature expanded support for third-party social networks, including Flickr and Vimeo, according to well-sourced Apple pundit Mark Gurman for 9to5Mac. The functionality should be similar to the existing Twitter and Facebook integration across the iOS operating system.
Apple users will be required to sign into Flickr and Vimeo once through the Settings app to enable access to the social networks on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Flickr integration will enable users to share photos from their iOS devices to the popular social photo service, which presently requires using the paid iPhoto app from the App Store.
Vimeo support will give users a choice beyond YouTube for uploading and sharing videos, as Apple continues to sever its ties with Google services. OS X Mountain Lion has existing Flickr and Vimeo support, so the extension of the two social networks to iOS will further bridge the gap between the Apple desktop and mobile experience.
iOS integration could be vital for Flickr and Vimeo to become household names alongside Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other leading social networks, especially considering that over 500 million iOS devices have been sold to date. Gurman does caution that, while unlikely, last-minute iOS 7 changes could potentially delay Flickr and Vimeo integration.