Apple to ditch iPhone YouTube app

2012-08-07 22:41

New York - Apple says the next version of its software for the iPhone and iPad won't come with a pre-installed YouTube application.

Users will be able to play YouTube videos in the Web browser, says Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller. Google, which owns YouTube, is also working on a downloadable app, she says.

Muller says Apple license to include the YouTube app has expired, but did not explain why it hasn't been extended.

Google says it's working with Apple to ensure a quality YouTube experience.

Google has its own operating system for smartphones that compete with the iPhone. Apple has sued companies that use it, saying it copies features from the iPhone. In June, Apple said the next version of its operating system will replace Google Maps with an Apple app.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-08-07 23:29

    Apple are turning on the very people who supported them back in the old days. The designers and free thinkers who want the best... Apple are turning into Microsoft... stuff them

      leenesh.singh - 2012-08-08 08:16

      Turning them ON?

  • eugene.jordan.5872 - 2012-08-08 00:18

    Typical Apple trying to monopolise the market yet again!

      kingswing69 - 2012-08-08 06:22

      hi Eugene. is'nt that what business is about to be the best there is. i agree sometimes they can be harsh,

      bones.mine - 2012-08-08 08:15

      @Kingswing, Unfortunately, apple are not the best. There is a reason for Samsung to be the smartphone leaders. Apple is becoming like microsoft, trying to bully everyone in court, and yet charge these phenominal prices for everything. And at the end of the day, more than one person or company can come up with the same idea's. Two years from now, apple will start falling just like ms did.

  • TheRealWitblitz - 2012-08-08 01:33

    Apple can go F themselves.

  • Ishen Prithipal - 2012-08-08 02:04

    Watch out Apple, your days are numbered. Going up against the biggest brand in the world, ouch.

  • cwmeier - 2012-08-08 06:15

    There is nothing sinister about this move. The current app was developed by Apple themselves, not Google, and hasn't changed or been updated in a long time. YouTube has since changed considerably, and Google isn't able to monetize the current app (show ads, etc.). It makes sense to drop it in its current form and allow Google to develop their own standalone app. Google is still the default search engine within Safari.

  • Kholo Mashabela - 2012-08-08 07:29

    let's just give apple chance to prove themselvs

  • RudiPollard - 2012-08-08 07:30

    It is just going to be replaced by an app google has designed themselves. This makes 100% sense to me. Why they would drop google maps though is a whole different story...

  • KeenanMag - 2012-08-08 09:27

    This is easy. News24 needs to do their research better. Apple not extending the contract benefits both Apple and Google, and Google wants this just as much as Apple does. The facts: 1. Apple has always (and still does) control the content of native apps on its iDevices. Apple wants to move away from Google for obvious reasons, and just to be less dependent on Google (hence the creation of Apple Maps, etc.) 2. Google wants out for one reason. Advertising. Google has always wanted to do advertising on the YouTube app (like it does on YouTube), but Apple has always disallowed it. Apple demanded absolutely NO advertising on their native apps. So, now that both of them are out of the contract, Apple is free of Google and Google can advertise. Also, can everyone just chill? The YouTube App will still be downloadable from the AppStore, and better yet, because Google is creating its own app, it will probably be faster, more efficient and more relevant.

  • colin.langley - 2012-08-08 09:47

    Ugh!...Apple is so last year...they are not even fashionable anymore. Overpriced designer bling that locks you in to apple software like the super crap itunes...Its such a hassle to have to go through all that bureaucratic crap just to get you phone/pod working....stuff apple!

  • andynct - 2012-08-08 11:06

    A nonsense article really. Only reason Apple products needed an App in the first place was because they couldn't support Flash. YouTube is converting to HTML5 so you shouldn't need an App in future.

  • jwadsworth - 2012-08-10 08:50

    Apple does a lot of stupid things. Quite frankly I lost all respect for Jobs legacy. Never mind Steve Jobs...

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