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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 tayb on 8/6/2012 8:05:29 PM , Rating: 4
The iPhone 4S was extremely underwhelming. iOS 5 was extremely underwhelming. The iPad 3 had a nice screen but otherwise it is almost the exact same machine as the iPad 2.

News indicates that the iPhone 4SS or iPhone 5 will look just like the iPhone 4 (and 4S)... just slightly longer. And iOS 6 still does not look feature equivalent with Android 4.1 or WP8.

They are in a class of their own with iCloud and the App Store is still superior in numbers and quality to Google Play but Google is getting better at cloud syncing and the Play Store is starting to get more and more simultaneous releases.

I owned an iPhone 3G back when it first came out. At the time I thought it was the best phone available. I thought the same thing about the iPhone 4 (hardware isn't the only thing, Android fanboys) but I was so put off with AT&T that I refused to upgrade and ended up switching to Verizon and getting a Droid. I think my Droid sucks but I've seen Android 4.1 and it at least seems to have addressed a lot of the problems I had. Why should I go back to Apple when they seem to keep releasing the same crap over and over again?

I think the iPhone is going to start fading faster than it already is. Sure, sales numbers are up, but more important than sales numbers is market share and they are falling there.

By Reclaimer77 on 8/6/2012 8:21:39 PM , Rating: 2
Apple's entire philosophy doesn't lend itself well to competing in a free and fluid market. If you think about it, the areas in which they excelled are ones in which there was little competition.

While Apple might appear to be some unstoppable Juggernaut today, and the fanbois love quoting profits and stock prices in some cathartic orgasm of personal affirmation, in the consumer product space these things can change relatively overnight.

Google/Samsung and Microsoft are going to keep pressuring Apple to come out with one "next big thing" after another, and frankly without Jobs, I don't see that happening.

By gsleon3 on 8/7/2012 5:28:27 PM , Rating: 2
Brilliant observation.... Just like Reagan, MS & Google are going to force apple out by making them over-spend to keep up in a classic case of "keeping up with the Jone's".

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