Apple removes YouTube App from iOS 6 as licensing agreement ends

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The marked influences of search giant Google are being erased from Apple’s mobile OS. This is evidenced by the news that the redesigned Maps application that will be launched as part of iOS 6 will no longer use any map data from Google.

On top of that, the newest beta version of iOS 6 also excludes the YouTube app, even though it has been a mainstay of iOS home screens since the very first iPhone came onto the market.

Although this revelation might cause worry among some consumers, it is important to note that Apple has promised that Google is now developing its very own iOS-friendly YouTube app that will become a part of the iOS App Store.

Still, many observers were unsure of the exact reason for the change. Apple released a very brief official response that only added to the confusion, stating that their license to integrate the YouTube app into iOS has simply ended.

Apple also advised its users to use the Safari browser to go to YouTube in the meantime, while Google is trying to come up with a new YouTube app.

This still leaves most observers wondering if Apple even attempted to renegotiate the licensing terms with Google to include the app in iOS 6.

However, most users probably won’t miss the YouTube app in the iOS too much, especially once they realise how much YouTube’s mobile site has improved over the past few years.


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