Apple kicks YouTube iOS app to curb, sheds more Google baggage

Along with the next iPhone, iOS 6 is going to be a major update for Apple users. With the dumping of Google for its Maps app, Apple's poised to shed another of its rival's biggest services: YouTube.

Since the launch of the first iPhone in 2007, the YouTube video app has been a staple to iOS. Fast forward five years and the Apple-Google relationship is showing signs of deterioration.

The latest beta version of iOS 6 has revealed that Apple has already given the YouTube app the boot. The reason? According to an official statement given to The Verge "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."

Engadget also received word that while iOS 6 will not include the app by default, iOS 5 and devices running a lower firmware will continue to have it standard.

As Apple's official statement indicates, not all is lost, so long as Google's YouTube app gets approved for the App Store certification, things should continue on chugging along.

What will be troubling is if the native app isn't ready by the time iOS 6 launches. That would suck. Of course, this removal of yet another Google app could signal that Apple's struck a deal with another service, such as Vimeo, which received integration in the recent OS X Mountain Lion.

Frankly, I think it's for the better that Apple is dumping the YouTube app. Anybody who knows anything about the YouTube app on iOS knows that it's just awful. And that's because it was operated by Apple. Google simply encoded its videos in Apple's H.264 codec, while Apple maintained the app. Maybe, just maybe, the YouTube app will finally be as good as the mobile site in features and functionality. The same goes for Google Maps. As a standalone independent app, maybe we'll finally get turn-by-turn navigation in Google Maps.

Via The Verge

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