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In Addition to Google Powered Maps, Apple Boots YouTube app from iOS 6

Developers have had their hands on iOS 6 for quite some time now, and as Apple continues to push out updates to the beta, we occasionally get some insight into what to expect, more specifically, from the next version of the mobile OS… Today, we’ve learned not about a new feature to be included, but instead about an app that’s getting taken away. It’s so long to the standard YouTube app, and for most iPhone users, this might not be such a bad idea.

When it comes down to it, this was a licensing matter. Apple said as much in their brief statement about cutting the YouTube app from iOS 6: “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.”

But beyond the expired license, it’s up for conjecture… Was Apple interested in further distancing itself from Google by getting rid of both Maps AND YouTube? We might like to think there’s some real hatred brewing, but doesn’t it seems just as likely that both parties were fine with dropping YouTube in lieu of that new app mentioned at the end of Apple’s statement? Perhaps Apple and Google are both acknowledging the fact that the YouTube app was a long-neglected product being severely outperformed by its web-based counterpart, and wisely, they are deciding to start fresh (that’s one interpretation, anyway).

So, in the unlikely event that you’re currently reliant on the YouTube app featured in iOS 5, ready yourself for a forced departure in iOS 6. Unless this is just a glitch of the fourth beta, it looks like the divide between Google and Apple just grew a little wider.

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