Apple kicks YouTube out of iOS 6
7th Aug 2012 | 09:00
iOS 6 beta 4 rings the changes
Apple has confirmed with its latest beta release of iOS 6 that it has severed ties with Google owned YouTube, removing its dedicated app from the platform.
Since the birth of iOS, the Apple-built YouTube app has been a mainstay feature, providing you easy access to all your favourite cat-playing-a-piano videos.
Apple paid Google a hefty licence fee to include its own YouTube app on the iOS platform, but the Cupertino-base firm has confirmed that this licence agreement has now ended, as it pushes out iOS 6 beta 4 to developers.
Google working on "best possible experience"
Speaking to The Verge, an Apple spokesperson stated: "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."
Google has also spoken out about this, saying: "we are working with Apple to ensure we have the best possible YouTube experience for iOS users""
YouTube is the second high-profile Google offering to be removed by Apple from iOS 6, with Google Maps already getting the boot in favour of a brand new service from the iDevice manufacturer.
If you don't want to lose the dedicated YouTube app, then keeping your device running on iOS 5 will see the app retained – although you'll miss out on all the new goodies iOS 6 has to offer.
iOS Maps enter new dimension
Apple's new Mapping service has witnessed a big update in the iOS 6 beta 4 release, with a host of American, Canadian and European cities receiving the company's 3D "flyover" data – which gives a three dimensional bird's eye view of cities around the world.
As for other changes in the beta 4 release, developers will see a host of fixes for the likes of Facebook integration, address book, Apple TV and Game Center, plus updates to the Dictionary, iTunes and more.