The growing split between Apple and Google has widened a little more with the news that iOS 6 will not feature a native YouTube app. It will be the first version of Apple’s mobile operating system to omit it.
Google was one of Apple’s key partners when it launched the very first iPhone in 2007, with Google Maps and a native YouTube app proving to be major boons for Apple’s early effort. Since then, of course, Android has launched iOS’s single biggest competitor, the Android platform, and relations between the two companies have soured.
Apple has already revealed that Google Maps is out for iOS 6 in favour of its own mapping solution, and now it’s emerged that Apple won’t be building a native YouTube app for the new OS.
Apple has informed numerous publications that its license with Google has expired, although apparently devices left on iOS 5 will continue to have the video app.
Believe it or not, this is actually good news for iPhone and iPad users. Both Apple and Google have confirmed that Google is developing a stand-alone YouTube app for iOS 6.
When you look at how much better the Android YouTube app is than the current iOS YouTube app – which has stayed pretty much static for the past few years – then you’ll realise that Google will do a much better job of keeping it up to date – both in terms of looks and the latest features.