Earlier this year, Apple said it would dump Google’s mapping software from its mobile devices. And now it seems, the rivalry is getting stronger and deeper. Apple announced on Monday that its new version of iPhone and iPad software, iOS 6, will not include a pre-loaded app for Google’s popular video sharing service – YouTube.
YouTube is one of the most popular destinations on the Internet, with more than 800 million unique monthly visitors who stream 4 billion videos a day. In fact, YouTube has been among a handful of apps that come pre-loaded onto the screens of Apple’s mobile devices since the original iPhone was introduced in 2007. But Apple said in a statement on Monday that its license to include the YouTube app in the iOS operating system “has ended.” Apple mentioned that “customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the app store.”
The search giant Google issued a separate statement that it is working with Apple to ensure that it has “the best possible YouTube experience for iOS users.”