Apple kills YouTube app in iOS 6, Google making replacement

Apple is removing the YouTube app from iOS, cutting another tie with the search giant.

Au revoir, YouTube -- Apple is removing the pre-installed YouTube app from iOS 6, meaning that from this autumn the video-playing app will no longer be present on any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch that's running on the latest software. Google is beavering away on a replacement, according to Apple.

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 Android-owning search giant. iOS 6 will also see the Californian company drop Google Maps 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.

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*It's called skeuomorphic, big-word fans.