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Apple says iOS 6 will not have default YouTube app

News by Dan Seifert on Monday August 06, 2012.

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Apple confirmed today that the default YouTube app will not be available in iOS 6, the latest version of the platform due this fall. YouTube has been a default app on the iPhone since its release in 2007, but Apple now says that its license to include the app by default has expired.

"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," said Apple in its official statement on the matter.

The YouTube app for iOS has lagged behind its Android counterpart in recent years, and many users feel that the mobile website already provides a better experience than the dedicated app. Users will still be able to access YouTube through the Safari browser, and a dedicated app will be made available in the iTunes App Store at some point in the future.

YouTube isn't the only Google property to see the chopping block in iOS 6: Apple is ditching the Google Maps service for its own home-brewed mapping application. Hopefully the new dedicated YouTube app will see updates more often than the default one ever did, though Google has been hit or miss with its iOS apps in the past.

via: The Verge

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