Apple's Disdain for Google Continues, YouTube Ousted from iOS 6
Bloomberg is reporting that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) will not include the YouTube app with the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6. According to The Verge, YouTube's removal is partially due to its license to include the app, which just expired.
Users will, however, still be able to access YouTube content from Apple's own Web browser, Safari.
Around the office at Benzinga, reactions to this news have been mixed.
"I think it's about as dumb as Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM) choosing Bing for its default search engine in BlackBerry devices," said Katey Stapleton, Staff Writer and Editor at Benzinga. "People will be really unhappy, I'm sure."
"Honestly, I think that this might be a good sign in some ways," said Adam Bratt, Product Developer. "Right now, mobile Web is lagging way behind mobile apps. It might be a good indicator that mobile Web is getting better (as are mobile browsers) if Apple is making that move."
Ultimately, Bratt expects this to create a more seamless approach to YouTube integration. "Now when I'm reading a blog in Safari and click a video, I don't have to experience the dissonance that happens when it has to open up a completely different app to watch the video," he said. "I don't think Apple and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) are as close as they were previously. I mean, Apple is basically giving the finger to Google Maps, too."
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