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iOS 11 looks set to drop a prominent feature for Facebook and Twitter users
iOS 11 includes a slew of new features for iPhone and iPads.
According to Axios, Apple is set to scrap the ability to sign into Twitter and Facebook directly from the iOS Settings menu.
Apple has allowed iOS users to sign into Facebook directly within iOS since 2012 and Twitter since 2011.
The tight integration with these social networks allowed users to link social accounts directly with their iOS device.
That made using third-party apps a more seamless experience – since these apps did not have to request that users manually log into a Facebook or Twitter account each time.
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Instead the app was approved from iOS itself, saving users' hassle.
Apple currently provides the ability to sign-in with Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Vimeo, Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo.
However the Cupertino-based company will not be looking to add more accounts to the iOS Settings menu in iOS 11.
Instead, Apple looks set to ditch the ability to sign into these social networks directly from the iOS Settings menu.
That means Facebook and Twitter will now be treated like other apps – with no preferential treatment from iOS.
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Since 2012, Apple has enabled Facebook login directly within the iOS Settings menu
The same functionality can be achieved with iOS sharing extensions, which is the solution employed by any social networks or apps that did not make the cut for the iOS Settings menu.
iOS 11 looks set to include a number of other useful features.
New multi-tasking tools for the iPad, including better app switching and the ability to drag and drop items between apps, were also shown.
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To take advantage of these new productivity-focused features, a new version of the iPad Pro, complete with a larger 10.5-inch screen, was also unveiled on-stage.
Also included as part of the iOS 11 update was a new Do Not Disturb While Driving feature which silences users' phones when at the wheel, hiding notifications until they complete a journey and designed to improve in-car safety.
Apple previewed the latest version of its iOS operating system during its annual developer conference, WWDC 2017.
The World Wide Developer Conference was this year held in San Jose, California.
Apple unveiled the latest versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS as well as upgraded iPad Pro hardware, new MacBook laptops, an all-new iMac Pro, as well as a new Amazon Echo rival, dubbed HomePod.