youtube logo Apple to drop YouTube app from iPhone and iPad

Apple has announced that it will be dropping Google's YouTube app from the next version of its iOS software, which runs on iPhone and iPad devices, marking the latest act in a bitter dispute over smartphone and tablet market dominance.

Apple has announced that it will be dropping Google's YouTube app from the next version of its iOS software, which runs on iPhone and iPad devices, marking the latest act in a bitter dispute over smartphone and tablet market dominance.

 
The technology giant said its licence for the YouTube app had expired, suggesting this was the reason for the decision, but licences are continuously extended and renegotiated across the technology sector, with many laws in place to ensure companies get access to licensing deals in the interests of the consumer and competition.
 
Apple also said that customers can still visit YouTube via the Safari browser, which may be a better approach for many people, given the website does not feature the same restrictions on advertising and available artists as Apple's self-designed YouTube app does.
 
youtube logo Apple to drop YouTube app from iPhone and iPad
 
Google won't be left fully in the cold either, as it is working on a new YouTube app that will be made available in the App Store, presumably for free. It will not, however, come as part of the standard pack of pre-loaded apps on Apple devices.
 
Apple previously revealed plans to axe Google Maps from its software, introducing its own map feature through a partnership with TomTom. While neither of these have a huge effect on Google, some analysts believe this is a sign of an overall anti-Google policy at Apple that could threaten its search engine prominence on Apple devices as soon as the licence expires for that – and this could hit Google much harder.
 
Source: Reuters