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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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By wickyman on 8/6/2012 6:31:24 PM , Rating: 2
In the early days it made sense to have the YouTube app because very few websites had a mobile friendly interface and far fewer had mobile friendly video media. So clicking a video link and loading up the YouTube app was the best way to get content optimized for your display and connection.

But times have changed and the dedicated app is just obsolete. Continuing to ship the app is just going to eat up space that users could otherwise dedicate to more useful content. The mobile interface for the YouTube website itself as viewed through Safari on an iOS device is wonderful and very feature rich and I for one prefer being able to utilize a single app as opposed to jumping between two different apps - one for web browsing and one viewing online video.

Frankly I think this is a smart move and should have been done last year. Apple is not removing choice in my view, they are just removing outdated software.


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