The iPhone will no longer feature the YouTube app at the point of purchase, after Apple confirmed that the phone’s software will no longer feature the application when iOS 6 arrives later this year.
The Cupertino-based phone-maker announced that it is removing the app because its agreement to include it in iOS, which has been in place since the first iPhone dropped back in 2007, is ending.
Apple stated: “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.”
However, for many in the industry the rather pat explanation from Apple, which until now has paid Google a substantial fee for the rights to include the YouTube app pre-installed on its phones, is a smokescreen.
According to wizened tech-watchers, the move to banish YouTube from the warm hug of Apple’s ecosystem has its roots in its increasingly acrimonious relationship with the search giant, whose Android operating system powers the iPhone’s most viable rivals.
Apple’s latest broadside at Google comes after it announced back in June that iOS 6 will see Apple Maps replace Google Maps as iPhone’s default mapping service.
Unveiled earlier this year, iOS 6 is expected to be pushed out in September and brings with it 200 new features, including a much improved version of the Siri voice commands service and an updated Safari browser.