Apple to Drop Google’s YouTube From Next Mobile Software Upgrade
Apple has featured YouTube as a core application since the iPhone debuted in 2007. As Google has pushed into the market with its Android software, now the most-used smartphone operating system the relationship between the two companies frayed. Apple also plans to replace Google’s maps application with its own in the next iOS release.
“Their two ecosystems are pulling away from each other,” Carl Howe, an analyst at Yankee Group, said yesterday. “This is two companies agreeing they just don’t want to work together anymore.”
Users will see the effects when the next version of Apple’s mobile software, called iOS 6, is rolled out later this year. A license expired that let the company include YouTube, Trudy Muller, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, said yesterday. As a result, the YouTube app won’t come pre-installed on future iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch releases or if a user downloads iOS 6 to existing devices.