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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 01/20/2011

Apple Media Stream unearthed in new iOS beta

By Hayley Tsukayama

Apple has released yet another version of its iOS 4.3 beta to developers and the latest release holds some clues about what the company may be thinking about the future of its social media.

Over at the Mac blog 9to5 Mac, they've found a folder in the new beta called "Media Stream." This folder has some information about photo streams to which users can subscribe and share among friends.

apple_150.jpgIn the previous beta of this iOS, there was a lot of interest in something called "Find My Friends," which many speculated would be a feature that let iPhone users find the locations of friends in their address books, presumably through an opt-in service.

Combined with the media streaming capabilities in the new iOS, it seems that Apple is getting ready to make its move into social networking. While the company has Ping, the iTunes-connected social network, and its cloud-based MobileMe, it has yet to combine those features into a full-blown network. 9to5 Mac speculates that, eventually, the new Find My Friends and Media Stream features will expand and let Mac users share music, video and photos over a single network.

The blog also thinks that Apple will hold off on launching these products completely until iOS 5, since there is little information in the operating system itself.

Sound off: Would you be interested in an Apple social network?

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 20, 2011; 10:50 AM ET
Categories:  Apple, Digital culture, Mac, Social media  
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Comments

Will ditch facebook in a new York minute if privacy is controllable

Posted by: mgcrhcp | January 20, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Apple social network might be a good thing. What I like about Apple is they stand for Quality and Innovation. They are not copy cats and do things on the cheap. Their Customers appreciate that and are willing to pay for quality.

Cheers!

Posted by: Magoo51 | January 20, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Im hoping they do some kind of subscription music service like Rhapody, which I love. An Apple social network that focused on music would be interesting, but a straight up FaceBook competitor would just be an also-ran.

Apple should continue to focus on music lovers and content aggregation in innovative and fun ways..

Posted by: KennethLSpringhetti | January 20, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

If its as "awesome" as Ping or Google Wave, I'll pass.

Posted by: nsfw | January 20, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Innovation? Nope, Photobucket photostreams today, which there's a dedicated app (that comes with stock Android 2.2 mind that!) that works like what you are describing.

Also, with other apps in Android (Latitude, Facebook, tunewiki,dropbox, that work w/photobucket), you basically have a pretty social media sharing setup.

You're in D.C. it's not about one size fits all, but a best of breed.

Posted by: recharged95 | January 20, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: yourscreek | January 21, 2011 3:39 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: yourscreek | January 21, 2011 3:40 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: yourscreek | January 21, 2011 3:42 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: yourscreek | January 21, 2011 3:52 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: yourscreek | January 21, 2011 3:52 AM | Report abuse

I've been in Mobile Me since it's founding -- I'm a DotMac guy.

And I'm ashamed. Tons of money down the drain for a crap system. I stuck with it to have additional functionality with my iPhone -- and all of the magical things it could do are done better by others out there.

But since Facebook is itching to make me Winston Smith, I might consider AppleLand

Posted by: mistermuleboy | January 21, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

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