Au revoir, YouTube -- Apple is removing the pre-installed YouTube app from iPad or that's running on the latest software. Google is beavering away on a replacement, according to Apple., meaning that from this autumn the video-playing app will no longer be present on any ,
The app, which was one of the many bits of Apple software that uses an old-timey visual design* (in this case an old telly), is missing from the beta version of iOS 6, 9to5Mac observed.
Apple said in a statement sent to the Verge that its "licence to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended". The iPad-maker reassures its fans, "Customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store."
Apple alludes to a licensing issue, but I suspect Cook and company weren't too reluctant to drop YouTube, which is owned by rival Google.
Apple looks to be severing ties with the-owning search giant. iOS 6 will also see the Californian company in its mapping application, instead opting for its own fancypants 3D location program.
Personally I won't miss the YouTube app too much. While I watch a lot of video on the iPhone and iPad, I tend to find those time-wasting clips through apps such as Twitter and Facebook, rather than firing up the dedicated software to have a browse.
The signs that Apple and Google are parting ways is much more interesting. Is it a sign that Apple thinks Google products aren't good enough? Or maybe the California company is starting to see Google's Android as a serious rival.
Will you miss the app? What changes should Apple introduce with iOS 6? Tell me in the comments or on our Facebook wall.
*It's called skeuomorphic, big-word fans.