Apple Removes YouTube App From iOS 6; First Google Maps, now YouTube. Apple is ditching the application on the latest version of its iOS mobile software. Apple continues to divest itself from a dependence on Google applications by removing the YouTube application from Apple iOS 6 Beta 4, which has been a mainstay of iOS homescreens since the original iPhone. Don’t fret too much though, because Apple reports that Google is working on its own iOS-friendly YouTube app for inclusion in the iOS App Store.
The exact reasoning behind the move was initially unclear, but Apple’s official response (courtesy of The Verge) is about as curt as you would expect: “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”. (Of course, a statement as brief as that raises as many questions as it answers).
It’s possible that Apple may intend to launch its own video service to compete with YouTube, but to date the company has shown no sign of doing so beyond its keen and ongoing interest in building up its data center capacity to support its iCloud service.
The battle between Apple and Google cannot hurt the consumer. “It’s pretty clear that YouTube is pretty important to Apple, but at some point they may have decided that they just didn’t want to pay the money (for the license).
Apple’s move is a reflection of growing competitive pressures between the two tech giants.. More choices, more competition means that they will improve them faster and consumers will have access to better services. I don’t see anyone losing anything… all Google Apps will be available for FREE on the App Store as usual.
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