YouTube app won't be pre-loaded on iOS 6 devices

A couple of months ago, Apple announced it would have its own mobile map app for iOS 6, dumping its previous support for Google Maps. Now yet another well known Google made app won't be available out of the box for iOS 6-based devices when Apple launches the next update for its OS later this year.

Bloomberg reports that, according to a spokesperson from Apple, the iOS YouTube app won't be pre-loaded for iOS 6. The spokesperson confirmed, "Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended." There is no word why Apple and Google decided to end their license.

That doesn't mean that the YouTube iOS app is going away completely. Apple's spokesperson did confirm, "Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store." YouTube videos can also still be accessed from the iOS version of the Safari web browser. 

The rumors about the YouTube app started on the message board on MacRumors.com, which noted that the latest beta build of iOS 6 sent to developers did not have the app included. The YouTube app has been available as a standard pre-loaded and installed app since Apple launched the first iPhone back in 2007.

Source: Bloomberg.com

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What's next - Replacing Google Search with Bing Search in iOS devices ?? Apple is too arrogant to realize its foolishness. All Google needs to do is delay the standalone Youtube app to next year in order to boost the sale of Android Phones this Holiday season.

I dunno, the YouTube app worked fine

Though I suppose it's better it was decoupled from the OS. A few months ago there was a bug that prevented subscriptions from showing up properly. It was eventually fixed, but I reckon the fix would've happened sooner if Google had control of the app.

Well, well, this come to a good surprise .

People are looking it the wrong way. By having it pushed via the App Store it means that IT WILL receive updates and won't be stuck with the 'defacto version'

They got rid of Maps only stands to reason they would kill this app too. I doubt Apple want /anything/ Google to come pre-bundled with their shiny new iDevices.

JessJess said,
They got rid of Maps only stands to reason they would kill this app too. I doubt Apple want /anything/ Google to come pre-bundled with their shiny new iDevices.

RTFA genius. THE LICENSING RAN OUT. since youre probably not going to read the article i just told you why its happening

Sikh said,

RTFA genius. THE LICENSING RAN OUT. since youre probably not going to read the article i just told you why its happening

READ between the lines genius! They could have pushed to renew the licensing but Apple is obviously sticking it Google who they see as a major competitive force.

superconductive said,

READ between the lines genius! They could have pushed to renew the licensing but Apple is obviously sticking it Google who they see as a major competitive force.

Umm no, because it they kept the app bundled it would only get updated when iOS got updated, this way is better. Thats why apple doesn't bundle iBooks and iTunesU -.-'

DJ Dark said,
Umm no, because it they kept the app bundled it would only get updated when iOS got updated, this way is better. Thats why apple doesn't bundle iBooks and iTunesU -.-'

So you're telling me they nobly removed it so that users could have the benefit of the most up-to-date version of youtube. You have got to be kidding me! What kind of reverse logic is that?

It's plain and simple-- a company does NOT want to empower it's competitors. Apple has had it with Google-- from android to the cloud service to now even tablets.
Steve Jobs even said it himself:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aafwv55WYj8
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-15400984

DJ Dark said,
Umm no, because it they kept the app bundled it would only get updated when iOS got updated, this way is better. Thats why apple doesn't bundle iBooks and iTunesU -.-'

Stop trying to fight on behalf of Apple when you absolutely no idea. The "contract" ran out years ago for Maps and Youtube to be on iOS the reason for them being excluded from iOS is that Apple see Google as a massive competitor and quite frankly they hate each other, a lot. If you think for one minute that it's becaus ethey want to manage the app through store updates rather than system updates than you are utterly mislead and extremely gullible.

ingramator said,

Stop trying to fight on behalf of Apple when you absolutely no idea. The "contract" ran out years ago for Maps and Youtube to be on iOS the reason for them being excluded from iOS is that Apple see Google as a massive competitor and quite frankly they hate each other, a lot. If you think for one minute that it's becaus ethey want to manage the app through store updates rather than system updates than you are utterly mislead and extremely gullible.

yea cause it's not like there still allowing the app... oh wait... *rolls eyes*

DJ Dark said,
yea cause it's not like there still allowing the app... oh wait... *rolls eyes*

Obviously they will allow the app... There's a difference between allowing an app and having it hard coded into the OS. If I had my software inbuilt into Windows 8 a lot more people would see it then if it was just in the store somewhere...

ingramator said,

Obviously they will allow the app... There's a difference between allowing an app and having it hard coded into the OS. If I had my software inbuilt into Windows 8 a lot more people would see it then if it was just in the store somewhere...

Wndows has a different update model than iOS. Windows apps (even the built in ones) get updated independently of the os

I agree with most of you, the app was good when iOS was barely beginning because there was nothing like it anyways. Today I feel that the experience it provides is antiquated and limited. Maybe "freeing" the app up from the OS could actually turn out into something good, like a well deserved redesign that actually works.

Didn't Google keep a second format of every video just for the iOS App? Maybe iOS will now use HTML 5?

SK[ said,]Didn't Google keep a second format of every video just for the iOS App? Maybe iOS will now use HTML 5?
That "second format" was h264, which is widely used in html5, and is used by Google themselves for html5 browsers that don't support their format [ I forget the name atm.. ]

It's "great news" that Apple is deciding what apps that people can and can't use? People moan when Microsoft does this yet praise Apple for it. Quite bizarre.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It's "great news" that Apple is deciding what apps that people can and can't use? People moan when Microsoft does this yet praise Apple for it. Quite bizarre.

They're not taking YouTube away from anyone. Google is working on their own independent app, and you can still access it through Safari. They're just getting rid of a handicap.

THolman said,

They're not taking YouTube away from anyone. Google is working on their own independent app, and you can still access it through Safari. They're just getting rid of a handicap.

Just tell him to RTFA next time.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It's "great news" that Apple is deciding what apps that people can and can't use? People moan when Microsoft does this yet praise Apple for it. Quite bizarre.

The agreement to include the App between the two ran out. Remember, this app was created before the app store did. Now that the App Store does exist, Google can release a (much better) YouTube app.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It's "great news" that Apple is deciding what apps that people can and can't use? People moan when Microsoft does this yet praise Apple for it. Quite bizarre.

The app was great back in 2007, when it was released. It's been 5 years now without any meaningful updates since. As a result, I doubt that a lot of people are still using it today.
Frankly I'd rather Google release their own, up-to-date, freely-instalable app than the aging app.

Great news, the mobile site is a lot better m.youtube.com and Google makes awesome standalone iOS apps, so it can only get better.

It didn't have any of the new YouTubr functionality and only ever got updated with an OS update. I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner.

And the icon itself was always so weird.

App was horrible anyway, never could get that thing to locate videos. Search results were totally different than in the browser.

siah1214 said,
App was horrible anyway, never could get that thing to locate videos. Search results were totally different than in the browser.

Agreed.

siah1214 said,
App was horrible anyway, never could get that thing to locate videos. Search results were totally different than in the browser.

Yep. Never used it, maybe in 2009.... but glad its going.

JessJess said,

Yep. Never used it, maybe in 2009.... but glad its going.

Yea, glad to see it go too. Ever since app store release it seems it has no place anymore. There's probably a hundred more apps to take its place.

siah1214 said,
App was horrible anyway, never could get that thing to locate videos. Search results were totally different than in the browser.

I agree with you but if you notice, upon uploading a video to Youtube it has the option to allow the video to be seen on mobile devices, by default (stupidly...) it is off therefore meaning 99% of normal Youtube videos aren't displayed in the search results. But yeah the app was shiit anyway