Flickr and Vimeo are all set to become first-class citizens on iOS, as Apple works with these companies to deeply integrate their services into iOS 7. Flickr and Vimeo are popular media sharing networks, with Flickr specialising in photos while Vimeo in videos.
Currently the online third-party networks iOS supports natively are Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the Chinese social network Weibo. Flickr and Vimeo integration would be very similar, according to 9to5Mac:
With Flickr integration, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch customers will have the ability to share photos stored and/or taken on their devices to Flickr with a single tap from the system-wide share menu.[…]
Vimeo will be a new video-sharing option that Apple deeply embeds into iOS, giving users an option beyond YouTube.
The integration will most likely also bring single sign-on capabilities that third-party photo and video apps can take advantage of.
Flickr, already built into Apple’s iPhoto apps on Mac and iOS, will receive a major boost if it indeed finds a place in iOS 7. Yahoo, the company that owns Flickr, is putting a lot of resources behind reviving the former leader in photo sharing, and just yesterday announced that the free tier would now have 1TB of storage space. For what it’s worth, Apple has its own photo sharing service for iOS users called Shared Photostreams, but it doesn’t seem to have taken off.
Apple is also looking to partner with Yahoo for other features like search and Siri integration with Yahoo News and other Yahoo websites.
Vimeo integration is interesting given Apple’s complicated relationship with YouTube’s parent company, Google. The YouTube app was previously bundled with every iOS device, but is now a third-party app available on the App Store. iOS still has native “Share to YouTube” options for videos, and it remains to be seen if this makes its way to iOS 7.
Improved sharing is great for iOS 7 but we had thought that Apple would no longer have to do this on a case-by-case basis, and would rather expose APIs that let any third party app hook into the system.