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.