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Apple is quickly ridding its OS of anything related to Google

Apple today released the latest beta for its upcoming iOS 6 mobile operating system. Although iOS 6 doesn’t make any huge leaps forward visually or productivity wise, the operating system has caught quite a bit of attention for what it lacks.
IOS 6 marks the first release of the operating system that doesn’t come preloaded with Google Maps. Instead, Apple kicked Google to the curb and included its own mapping service (which is actually not as functionally complete as Google Maps on many fronts).
Next, Apple passive aggressively removed the name “Google” from the search field in Safari, which signified that Google was powering search results (iOS also includes search options for Bing and Yahoo).
Now, Apple has taken the next step in ridding itself of Google’s “hooks” into iOS. In iOS 6 Beta 4, Apple has removed the YouTube app from the Springboard. The YouTube app has been featured on iOS ever since the iPhone’s introduction in 2007.
According to The Verge, this is what Apple has to say on the matter:
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.
Apple says that its license has expired, but we all know that it’s secret for “We feel slighted by Google, and we hate everything they stand for.”
At least iOS users can rest assured that YouTube will continue to function normally through Safari. In addition, Google is working on a standalone Maps app that will be available in the App Store and should reintroduce the features that Apple stripped from its own mapping app with iOS 6.

Source: The Verge

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RE: Just another reason to avoid Apple
By name99 on 8/6/2012 5:22:12 PM , Rating: 2
"how anti-competitive can you be when removing a competitors product that all your customers want from a shipping product?"

The way Amazon Fire doesn't ship the various top-tier Google apps?

Don't make this out to be some big moral drama. If you do, you're going to find it gets very very messy with Amazon, Apple and Google ALL playing the same sort of game against each other, all making choices based on a combination of
- screw the other guy over AND
- what's best for our customers

By Cheesew1z69 on 8/6/2012 6:18:12 PM , Rating: 2
Shipping and Stripping aren't the same...

By augiem on 8/6/2012 9:41:06 PM , Rating: 2
>> - screw the other guy over AND
>> - what's best for our customers

- screw the other guy over AND
- what's best for our stockholders


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