Apple has released iOS 6 beta 4 to developers, and one of the most notable changes is the removal of the built-in YouTube app.
The iPhone and iPad maker has eliminated Google's YouTube as a pre-loaded app on its mobile devices as the battle for users escalates between the two technology giants. The Cupertino company says the YouTube app will be back but in standalone form, not as a home-screen default.
When the iPhone was released in 2007, Apple used YouTube and Google Maps as features to promote the device. But Apple is reportedly working on its own video-streaming app.
Apple said in a statement on Monday that its license to include the YouTube app in the iOS operating system "has ended." Apple noted that "customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the app store."
YouTube was one of the original iPhone’s main features, pushing Google to re-encode the entirety of the popular video hosting service's library so that it could work without Adobe's Flash. The YouTube app on iPhone and iPad was created by Apple's own developers using YouTube's open developer tools. As a result, the YouTube experience on Apple's devices is different than the version on Android devices and at YouTube.com on Web browsers.
In a statement, YouTube said "we are working with Apple to ensure we have the best possible YouTube experience for iOS users.
The move comes as the relationship between the erstwhile partners has grown far rockier as Google taken on the iPhone with its Android mobile operating system. Apple plans to replace Google's mapping service with its own in its next operating system, too, investing many years in developing the service to take on Google Maps.
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