No YouTube app in iOS 6

By on August 7, 2012
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Are Apple and Google breaking up?

The latest beta version of iOS 6 does not include the long-standard YouTube app, and Apple has confirmed that it will not exist at all when iOS 6 officially releases to the public. The news is startling as Apple has included YouTube as an app on every version of the iPhone since its launch in 2007 – until now.

In a statement to The Verge, Apple said, “Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.”

The reason for the change isn’t clear but rumours are rife that Apple is all out to push away any Google influence from its products. It may be remembered that Apple similarly cut out Google maps in favour of their own 3D mapping service. And YouTube has been omitted from Mountain Lion’s video sharing options too.

In any case, the change might just end up being better for users. The native YouTube app had its share of complaints and with it nixed, Google has the opportunity to come up with a better quality stand alone app.

The native YouTube app is still included and working in iOS 5 devices.


Nafisa Rebello writes and sometimes works in TV. She expected robots in 2012 and is still waiting for teleportation.

  • Nipun Alahakoon

    hmmmm….they will launch a update including you tube

  • jahanzeb aamir

    The native app wasn’t even close to what youtube’s mobile site could do, All you had to do was open youtube in safari and then click “Add to homescreen”, better icon and better features. Maybe that’s why they’re trying to improve their native app to work as good as the mobile site. I really wish they should have their you tube app functioning more like their google+ app. Awesome interface, Then that will be a considered worth a wait.

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