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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 Tony Swash on 8/6/2012 6:03:11 PM , Rating: -1
Look, I know we all want to beat up on Apple here, but how about some common sense.

When it comes to Apple that is in very short supply. People are so scared and disorientated by Apple's exponential growth that their fear and loathing is triggered by the most mundane things, it must be crippling to be a Apple hater, all that energy wasted.

This is good on what this Youtube move means for both Apple and Google.

Executive summary: Apple feels, with justification, that Google is trying to fuck it, so they are fucking them back. Google will also support the removal of the dedicated Youtube app because being an Apple app it carries no advertising and so it is a huge wasted opportunity for Google, they will simply make their own Youtube app and plaster it with ads in their inimitable way.

As the writer of the article in the link above points out the big turf for a decisive battle between Google and Apple would be search, but for Apple that would be a very hard nut to crack. On the other hand they do keep building those giant data centres and Google is helping by constantly degrading their search results with ads and self serving links to other Google services.

On a more structural level Apple's iOS model deprioritises web based services in favour of app based services, a move Google is bound to resist because app based ad income is so much less per use and per user than browser based ads.

By Boze on 8/6/2012 7:31:40 PM , Rating: 5
Do you hear some of the shit you shovel??

There is no competitor to YouTube.


There are only "other" video hosting websites out there that people never bother going to.

What's Apple going to use? Vimeo? AppleTube? It would take months to years to get their own "Tube" service off the ground, and even then, migration would be slow as shit.

Apple has no search worth speaking of.
Apple has no mapping site / software / app worth speaking of.
Apple has no video hosting website worth speaking of.

If you make people choose between Google Maps, Google Search, and Google YouTube... they're going to choose Google over Apple.

Only idiots will stick with Apple, but I guess that's what they're counting on.

By dark matter on 8/8/2012 11:50:05 AM , Rating: 1

Shut up.

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