Apple Continues Its “Google Cleansing” by Removing YouTube App in iOS 6 Beta 4
August 6, 2012 3:02 PM
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Apple is quickly ridding its OS of anything related to Google
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.
, 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.
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RE: Just another reason to avoid Apple
8/7/2012 2:43:18 AM
corduroygt, with iOS modification, Google Maps has navigation. Apple wouldn't license the voice API to Google presumably because Apple was reserving it for use with Siri.
In reality, Apple didn't want Google to steal the "secrets" of Siri, but you'd have to ride the short bus to think Siri is even worth stealing...
It's been obvious for
that Apple doesn't want to be competitive and simply wants to strongarm the industry. They would prefer all major applications be strictly Apple applications, and the peon developers can make their pennies.
“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls
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