Apple reportedly working on a Snapchat competitor, a more social iOS

Apple reportedly working on a Snapchat competitor, a more social iOS
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is working on a Snapchat competitor. The same report suggests that the iPhone maker is currently testing out more social connectivity features within iOS.

Anonymously speaking to Bloomberg, sources familiar with the situation say that Apple software engineers are currently working on a video-sharing app. Allegedly, Apple’s plan is to create an app that allows users to record video, apply filters, and upload the resulting video to the social network in less than one minute. Supposedly, users will also be able to share videos using platforms such as Twitter. In short, Apple is believed to be experimenting with a Snapchat clone.

The sources also said that at least one working prototype of Apple’s upcoming video sharing app records videos in the square format that Instagram has popularized among smartphone users. 

Allegedly, Apple plans to launch this new app at some point in 2017. However, sources claim that Apple executives have yet to decide if the project will ever see the light of day. If the app fails to live up to the company’s standards, some features might trickle over to the standard camera app in iOS.

The upcoming video sharing app is said to be developed by the same Apple division that also stood behind video software such as Final Cut Pro and iMovie. 

As video sharing platforms are enjoying tremendous popularity, Apple is said to be looking into catering to the growing portion of smartphone users which are used to sharing videos with their friends.

The same Bloomberg report claims that Apple is currently testing a range of new social connectivity features for upcoming iOS versions. Some of the projects are said to include the consolidation of all communications (texts, mails, IM) between two people inside a single screen, as well as a beefed up version of the “proactive assistance” functionality that Apple originally introduced back in 2015.

Apple’s previous attempt at creating a social network, Ping, has failed to live up to the Cupertino-based company’s expectations. However, this new report seems to highlight the fact that Apple is still actively looking at ways to improve its presence in the social network game. As such, even if these new projects will turn out to never see the light of day, Apple is still expected to make other attempts at competing in what seems to be the fastest-growing smartphone app category.

What do you guys think, would anyone be interested in an Apple-made Snapchat competitor?

source: Bloomberg

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65 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7519; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's what everyone needs another app to keep you locked onto iOS.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Those heavily invested in Apple's ecosystem will use this app and enjoy doing so. But why do you care what iOS app keeps iOS users "locked onto iOS", especially since you're NOT an iOS user?

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No one will be locked in by this app, because no one but iFanatics will use this app. Apple will probably try to force people to use this by making it the default for iOS but essentially, they will just irritate people more.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don't think anyone will be locked into this app, either. I was quoting sgodsell. Your comment should be directed at him.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7519; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I don't have one device or only use one OS. I have many devices including Apples, and Microsoft's. I prefer Android over the other two, because it's less restricted, and I can do more things with an Android smartphone, than I could ever do on the other platforms. Also, please tell us why Apple has to make a Snapchat competitor for iOS? If Apple does only make this app for iOS, then that is clearly and blatantly locking another service for Apple users. Is it not? Please meanestgenius, convince me and others why Apple needs this app?

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

You troll Apple to no end, so forgive me if I find it hard to believe that you own an Apple device. Why did he makers of snapchat make an app? Or the the makers of WhatsApp? FaceBook? Because they obviously saw a reason or need to. Same reasoning would apply to Apple. But why would Apple make an app to compete against Snapchat? Obviously to take advantage of the social network craze that practically every end user of every platform, be it smartphones, tablets, laptops, or PC's takes part in. And why would I need to convince anyone, let alone you, of why Apple "needs this app"? You're being ridiculous now, and this is just another sad attempt at you trolling Apple. Of this were Google, you'd be singing their praises right now.

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah we praises google because its make app thats work mostly on all major platform not app to lock ppl in a golden cage!

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

But why troll Apple because you prefer Google's offering? If iOS users don't mind the "golden cage", as you put it, then why do Android users?

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Because in some case its make life complicated when its should not. IF a friend want to video chat with me and dont have any app installed because he only use facetime what happen? If a friend eventually get this social clone of snapchat and only use this app we wont be able to share as we would do both on snapchat. those are my main pain point to be truthfull.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

How is this making life difficult? You're making it out to be something that it's really not. Just say you don't like Apple doing this and be done with it. The same example can be used in reverse. If they want to video chat that bad with each other, they will just both install a compatible app to do so. Again, you're making it way more difficult than it actually is. See comment above^^. These points are nonsensical, at best. You're making into something that it really isn't, and all you're really doing is making excuses to troll Apple. I swear, the more I read about Android users BS reasons for trolling Apple (because that's all it really is), the more I want to stop using Android altogether.

56. hillaryisacriminal

Posts: 242; Member since: Aug 26, 2016

its a shame that these sheeple dont know the power of blackberry 10 but still android sheep are worse than isheep. those people are the only reason that why i refuse to buy any android product

53. sgodsell

Posts: 7519; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If this were Google making a Snapchat app, then I certainly would not be praising this. Especially since I don't even use Snapchat. The other thing is Google would make their app for more than their own platform. Which by all accounts is a huge thing. Now if Apple makes their Snapchat app work only for their platforms, then I will stick to my original statement. With Apple keeping its users locked into their iOS.

54. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Color me skeptical on you not praising Google on everything that they do. Your constant bashing of Apple and Microsoft while you give praise to Google has me like that. Go figure. And what's wrong with Apple building iOS-specific apps, since y'know, they OWN the OS? Apple never once claimed to be a cross-platform OEM, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. You act like other OEM's don't have apps specific to their hardware/software.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

Why not. Snapchat has become an ugly mess. No one ever is locked into iOS - we love iOS features and many or equivalent are missing from android. We like iOS interface and Apple customer service. If someone feels like something on their iphone is "locking them in" or they feel "jailed" they can easily go buy an android. You forget the one biggest fact - PEOPLE SWTICH BACK AND FORTH EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!! I try android everytime I'm up for upgrade - and its overhyped by all of you - my last experiences was last year and it was "meh". I like some features on android that are not on iOS --- but they're spread out on multiple devices - unlike you I like to carry light, meaning one device for it all and iPhone delivers that!!! It's not perfect - and I voice my concerns and criticism because it's a mobile tech site - but in no way iOS devices are worse than android and in many many aspects - they're better. Not once do I feel or my friends feel like they're "locked in". In fact many people I know use android one years and go back to iPhone the other and again. This notion that Apple tries to lock you in because they make apps only for iOS is stupid and short sighted. Apple has no incentive to make apps for android - there's no money for them there - Google DOES - they make more money with iOS users than they do with 85% marketshare of android. Grow up, think about what these companies are about and it will make clear sense why they do what they do.

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Alik you lost me at : in no way IOS Devices are worse than android and in many many aspects - they're better. Thats a load of bulls**t. They about as good its just depend what you like and need. dont be biased. Also even blackberry make apps thats work on ios and they have no money to gain there so its not always about money but with apple it is always about money. They could make the app work on android as well and just use ads to make money JUST LIKE GOOGLE DO WITH IOS APPS. But instead they want user to feel locked in. Just as a small example google photo give unlimited picture storage ( under 16 mpix quality ) and 15 gb for anything over 16mpix quality. Icloud give 5 gb only. So now my iPhone user clients thats buy iPhone from me i install them google photo and deactivate icloud photo sync ( i do leave the rest on as i beleive apple as one of the best backup system ever ) So my final point is cross platform apps are better for US consumers as they usually give better value or work across any platform.

33. AlikMalix unregistered

what apps does blackberry make for iOS? Yes customer service is better with Apple. Yes, apps are better with Apple Yes you can have the same services with a pole as you do with android and you can also use apples services (and Windows). Yes forcetouch is better on iPhones than any other device that tried it Yes Apple Pencil is miles better to draw with than spen or Wacom or w/e. (They're all great, but if you're emphasis is on drawing - it's miles better). Yes find my friends is unmatched Yes FaceTime is unmatched because all iOS users have it (duo just came out and no one has it and I don't know how to convince them to have it) Apps for iOS are made faster, better, and exclusive. Updates are on time. What happens when you find a security hole on android - good effing luck. Most of the time you find a security hole on iOS is after Apple announced that they patched it. iOS devices have aleays been better at interconnecting with your own and your friends devices. Not all, but dearly every implementation that Apple made with new features is better, gets 3rd party support faster, and more widespread among the ecosystem than whatever android tries. That's what's important! And why the hell do you turn off photosync? It's less of a backup feature and more of a interoperability feature. I love that I take a photo and its instantly available for editing on iPad or on my PC. It is also designed to offload photos seemlessly for those that ran out of space leaving thumb-versions that allows you to still access all the photos anytime you need to. That's not just a back up service - it's a major feature that you are disabling for people without knowing what its main intention is. Stop dictating how people should use their iPhones. For back up, just like on android you can use all your favorite clouds that are also integraded into all the apps including apples native - how the duck is that "locked down". I get it android so Better for you, but you seem to know very little about the depth of iOS. On the the surface iOS is very simple - and that is the f**ken point - but it's sophosticated when you really must have something specific. A simple file manager (most are free) will let you manage your files just look on android and most of these also have cloud integration and you own PC integration. Even iCloud is integraded with your PC - right click on a file and send to your iOS device, select a file and send to PC. Learn iOS before condemning it. It does fracken do hella s**t better than android.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

"What app does BlackBerry make for iOS" BBM. For a while now. And soon BlackBerry Hub+ Services, which is already out for Android. If I'm not mistaken, file managers on iOS don't allow to manage system files. The ones on Android do. Apple Pencil being better at drawing than S-Penn is doubtful, and definitely subjective. Duo had been downloaded five million times. Lots of people have it.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

The rest of your post I more or less agree with. There are too many Android users here that just want to troll iOS for any reason at all.

43. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

WRONG: apps are not better with apple. If you have not coded AND used apps for different platforms I suggest you retrieve many of your comments because you are starting to sound like a dumb weak minded fanboy. Apple apps are less dynamic and less functional than other platforms. If you think just because apple makes SOME apps more aesthetically pleasing makes them better then you are worse than I though( yes I have a developer account, Yes I read the iOS Human interface guidelines which Changes every year). iOS devices are the hardest to connect with other devices other than a mac, but then again if you knew this you wouldn't sound so ignorant. Learn some objective c, java/script, etc, go code a few apps/services and then come talk s**t. Lear iOS in depth and other platforms before praising/condemning.

41. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

You're just being a stupid ass on purpose in order to troll. You know full well it's the goal of every manufacturer to "lock in" consumers and keep them coming back. Please go away now.

48. lyndon420

Posts: 6863; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Green thumb for you!! Have a good day!! :-)

55. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

this is a foolish sentiment. Not every manufacturers goals to lock-in customer forcefully by making it restricted environment. You are talking as if you'd enjoy living in N. Korea. The goals of every manufacturer is longevity. Look at the trend; Microsoft on PC and Android on Handheld. Both OSes are multiplatform OS. Look at apps done by almost every major company (except Apple's software) they strive to be used by all platform.

77. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Please explain how I am locked in with Android? Google Service work on Windows Phone, Android and iOS. Everything I buy on Google works on any phone i buy. You can't sit their and claim all of Apples stuff works everywhere else because it doesn't. So thus with Apple you are locked it. Such a bonehead stooge!

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

We care because us the NOT IOS user have friend thats might use apple product. And having them secluded in an ecosystem like this will stop us from sharing with them and them sharing with us. Because no one like to use multiple apps for the same exact thing. Understand now?

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

I have no idea what you're trying to say with this first sentence. There are a plethora of apps that are available for BOTH iOS AND Android that users can use to share things with. Facebook, Instagram, etc work the same way on both platforms. I don't know of anyone that complains about using "multiple apps for the same exact thing", especially since, for example, all social media apps are mimicking each other's features. The same way I can DM someone on Facebook, I can DM someone on Instagram, and yet, you don't see or hear of reports of anyone complaining about it. It's just an excuse for some Android users to troll iOS. Understand now?

37. AlikMalix unregistered

marorun, there are countless of great apps and games not made for android that I cannot play or use with my android friends. Your should be used to that by now.

46. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Because iSheeps can't see the light, he's trying to help all the iSheeps out there. Apple is not the way, its more brainwashing.

50. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Only a fandroid or a complete idiot would think that. I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and say that you're a fandroid, because you're fanboyism level is at 1500 with your post.

59. hillaryisacriminal

Posts: 242; Member since: Aug 26, 2016

stop hating dude , just go away bashing other people choice is a act of stupidity and a troll .

7. AlikMalix unregistered

How will this app "keep you locked in"?

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