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iOS 6 Beta 4 Removes Dedicated YouTube App [Updated]

As noted by several users in our forum, Apple's new iOS 6 Beta 4 just released to developers removes the dedicated YouTube app that has been included on the iPhone operating system since its launch in 2007.

The reason for the removal is unclear, although speculation naturally turns to the strained relationship between Apple and Google. Aside from YouTube, Apple's iOS 6 contains another high-profile departure from Google's services with Apple rolling out its own mapping and navigation service to displace Google.

YouTube videos can still be played through the embedded viewer, but the removal of the dedicated YouTube app marks a significant reduction in the prominence of Google on iOS.

Update: The Verge reports that Apple has issued a statement acknowledging the removal.
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.
Update: Peter Kafka from All Things D passes on this statement from YouTube:
We are working with Apple to make sure we have the best possible YouTube experience for iOS users.
(Thanks to Elijah Walsh for screenshot!)

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85 months ago
This benefits no one.
Rating: 58 Votes
85 months ago
good riddance
Rating: 56 Votes
85 months ago
I disabled the Youtube app on my iPhone a long time ago... using in Safari is a much better way to view videos.
Rating: 56 Votes
85 months ago
I have been using whenever I can. The iOS YouTube app has always seemed to perform poorly for me.
Rating: 29 Votes
85 months ago
I honestly can't remember the last time I actually opened the YouTube app myself....
Rating: 25 Votes
85 months ago
No more videos of someone's cat. ;)
Rating: 22 Votes
85 months ago
I'm hoping this is because there's another app for it in production. The current one is pretty useless - I have a shortcut to the site on my home screen instead of the app.
Rating: 18 Votes
85 months ago
Good if you ask me, so long as Google release their own (and much improved) app.

Just hope they allow us to delete Newstand/stick it in a folder now...
Rating: 17 Votes
85 months ago
FINALLY! I hated being ripped out of Safari and into the app just to watch a video... The App was only there when Youtube was flash only in 2007.

Rating: 17 Votes
85 months ago

So will we still be able to play embedded youtube videos?

I would answer, but if you won't read down to the second paragraph of the post, why would you read my reply? :rolleyes:
Rating: 13 Votes

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