With the latest update to iOS 6 beta (which is released to developers), Apple quietly removed the good old YouTube app from the mobile operating system. Why would they do that, you ask? Well, there may be a bunch of reasons behind it (as in, Apple doesn’t want any of its competitors apps, aka Google, preinstalled on its OS), but according to Apple the app was removed due to the fact that its licensing agreement with YouTube has expired.
So does this mean that iOS 6 users won’t be able to watch YouTube videos on their iPhone or iPad anymore? I mean, wasn’t that one of the biggest selling points of the original iPhone to begin with (way back in 2007)? Thankfully, the answer to that question is no. iPhones and iPads running iOS 6 will still be able to access YouTube via the mobile YouTube site (just like Windows Phone does) through the Safari browser. And any iDevices that run iOS 5 or below will still have the app.
I know, I know. I hate using the mobile YouTube site just as much as you do. And that’s why I think you’ll be glad to know that Google is working on a stand alone YouTube app that should make its way to the App Store in the near future (I’m guessing before the new iPhone is released, unless of course Google wants to hurt iPhone sales a little). But once the YouTube app does roll out, I think it will be much better than the version we’ve come used to on iOS. Just compare the YouTube app on Android to the one on iOS and you’ll see what I’m talking about.