August 7, 2012

It’s A Wrap For YouTube On iPhone

Michael Harper for - Your Universe Online

Apparently Apple wasn´t satisfied with just booting Google Maps from their new iOS 6“¦they also needed to further distance themselves from Google by giving YouTube the boot.

According to an All Things D article, the popular video service which has been present on the iPhone since day 1 will be a noted absence come this fall. When Apple released the latest iOS 6 beta to developers today, early testers noticed a blank spot on the iPHone home screen where the YouTube app once belonged. While Google has yet to comment on this change, an Apple PR rep has issued a statement to John Paczkowski of All Things D, saying: “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 and Google have somewhat of an infamous war raging between them, as evidence by each of the lawsuits Cupertino is lobbing against Android smartphone makers, such as HTC and Samsung. Apple also made headlines earlier this summer when they announced their new Maps app, placing some significant distance between themselves and their Google neighbors. Just days before Apple could announce their new Maps app, Google held their own press conference, touting their new Maps and Google Earth offerings for Android, such as a similar 3D flyover feature which was, at the time, widely expected to be a part of Apple´s new Maps app. In the months since, Google has updated their Google Earth iOS app to include the Flyover feature Google first said would only be available to Android users.

Once friendly neighbors, things began to go sour between Apple and Google once the search giant announced they would build their own mobile operating system. Google CEO Eric Schmidt even sat on Apple´s board until this announcement, when he then left for fear of creating some “conflicts of interest.”

When Steve Jobs first saw what would become the Android operating system, he became furious, going on a series of tirades in offices at both companies, later telling his biographer Walter Issacson that he wanted to go “thermonuclear” on Android, spending his last dying breath trying to destroy Google´s OS.

iOS 6 is expected to release this fall, presumably a few days before a new iPhone will land in stores.

In addition to a new, Google-Free Maps app, iOS 6 is also expected to introduce the long sought-after addition of NFC technology. With this technology, the new iPhone could be capable of making mobile payments. Together with Passbook, a new app introduced at this year´s WWDC, an NFC capable iPhone could allow users to buy all manner of tickets or other purchases from their phone and store these items in the Passbook app.

The new beta of iOS 6 also brings Bluetooth sharing to the iPhone, which could allow devices such as a new iPod Nano to display iMessages from an iPhone or even place calls via the Nano.

It´s not likely Apple´s YouTube omission will affect many customers, especially considering Google plans to release a new app for sale in the App Store.

This omission stands as a clear, strong statement about Apple´s attitude towards Google, however, as they grow beyond their dependance on other services.