Apple has long offered system-level integration with some popular social media services. The integration makes it very easy for users to share credentials for these services no matter which app they’re in. Apple unveiled iOS 11 at WWDC 2017 yesterday. When the new update brings a plethora of features, it does remove system-level integration for several services.
Apple first enabled system-level integration for Twitter back in 2011. It added support for Facebook a year later in 2012 before future iOS iterations also brought support for Flickr and Vimeo.
Apple seems to have removed iOS Settings integration with Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, and Facebook. This was revealed after Apple released the first beta of iOS 11 to developers shortly after unveiling the new update yesterday.
The release notes for the beta reveal that Apple will no longer allow third-party social media apps to access account credentials stored on the device. “Social accounts have been removed from Settings iOS 11. Third-party apps no longer have access to those signed-in accounts,” the notes read.
This feature enabled users to enter their account credentials for these services in the Settings app and then use those credentials to log into other third-party apps and services. This enabled users to easily use services like Facebook Login as long as they had their credentials stored on the iOS device.
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