Apr 04

A reader of 9to5mac discovered a “hidden feature” in the Photos.app of his iOS 4.3, via a third-party application that allows the user to select photos from their library for editing. Apple has a photo-based social component called Photo Stream up its sleeve, and it looks like it will be integrated in the next iOS release. “It looks like users will be able to setup Photo Stream albums in Photos.app just like they can make playlists of songs in iPod.app. These Photo Stream albums will then be able to be streamed to specified groups of people.”

From the looks of different alerts and plists, it appears that Apple will let iPhone users set up “Photo Streams” that friends could “subscribe” to. Also, it looks like there will be some privacy preferences related to this, so you can choose who is allowed to view your “Streams.” With Photo Streams, you will also be allowed to “invite” other users to view your pictures as you take them and upload them to a service. This service looks like it is connected to MobileMe, and we speculate that “Media Stream” can be directly connected to.

Photo Stream will be the easiest way to share photos taken or stored on your iPhone with your friends.

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