Apple Just Removed The Default YouTube App From Latest iOS 6 Beta

Apple Just Removed The Default YouTube App From Latest iOS 6 Beta

Apple just released iOS 6 beta 4 to developers. So far it looks like there are a few small bug fixes and performance enhancements except for one unexpected surprise – Apple has removed the YouTube app from the iPhone and iPad.

It’s no secret that Apple has been trying to remove Google’s app from iOS and replace them with better alternatives. Some might think YouTube’s removal isan act of war, but we think it’s just as likely that Apple removed YouTube as a default app just because of plain obsolescence.

YouTube has been a pre-installed app on iOS since the iPhone debuted in 2007. At the time it was the best way to search YouTube’s website for videos and watch them, but as mobile interfaces have improved, the YouTube app has become less of a necessity.

Apple has not released an official statement regarding the YouTube app and its removal, so all mention of it’s removal because of a war with Google or obsolescence are just speculation.

Update: Apple has released an official statement on the app’s removal

“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.”

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  • tarkwather

    I think it’s to allow Google develop a much better YouTube app for iOS device with Google+ integration like on Android. The default app was useless.

  • calitb

    Now I am waiting for them to remove the Stocks app, that one is useless and always will be

  • Chris Hunter

    As long as its downloadable I can care less what is pre-installed. =)

  • Robert X

    Yay! And there was much rejoicing!

  • assyrianpride

    Now I am waiting for them to remove the Stocks app, that one is useless and always will be

    yeah unless dealing with stocks is your main occupation it just sits there and takes up space and memory

  • assyrianpride

    youtube in safari is an extreme pain in the ass

  • assyrianpride

    they need to make a youtube app that u can download for ios 6 (it wont be default anymore) that has the ability to share to facebook in addition to twitter and email. considering the changes that ios 6 will be bringing it seems inevitable that such a youtube app will be created soon.

  • Alfred2612

    Apple statement:

    “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.”

    Translated into English:

    “We don’t like Google anymore so we waited until our legal contractual obligation to distribute the YouTube app expired, and we didn’t even attempt to renew it as we want nothing to do with those slimey thieving ba$tards!”

  • Saffron Presley-Jackson

    I downloaded the app for the iPhone and installed it into my iPad
    It works too lol

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