YouTube dropped from iPhone-iPad operating system

August 7, 2012
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Applications to let users watch YouTube videos will not be pre-installed on the next generation of iPhones, iPads and iPod devices, in another sign of mounting rivalry between Apple and Google.

People will still be able to watch YouTube videos on Apple's globally popular products by linking to the service through a Web browser, but will not have the viewer software architecture pre-loaded in the unit.

Google is expected to design a feature-rich YouTube application for Apple's online App Store as an alternative.

"We are working with Apple to ensure we have the best possible YouTube experience for iOS users," a YouTube spokesman told AFP, referring to the operating system for Apple mobile devices.

The change came as competition between Apple and YouTube parent Google intensified and relations between the California companies grow ever colder.

Google is the titan behind Android software powering smartphones and tablets challenging Apple in the booming mobile market.

Apple recently booted Google Maps software from its gadgets, replacing it with a custom mapping program.

Apple tailored a YouTube application for iOS under terms of a license that recently expired. It was unclear on Tuesday why the companies didn't renew the license.

A YouTube icon had been among those that automatically appeared on home screens of iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices from the moment they were first powered up.

Next-generation iOS 6 software is due for release in the coming months, probably with a new version of the iPhone.

Google in June took the web browser battle to iPads and iPhones with the release of Chrome software for popular Apple devices built with Safari online surfing programs at heart.

Safari remains the default browser used in Apple gadgets and the "engine" that Chrome or other web-surfing applications has to rely on.

Google share price shed a few cents to $642.78 during Nasdaq trading on Tuesday and Apple stock slid slightly to $622.23.

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4 / 5 (6) Aug 07, 2012
Very simple solution: just stop buying Apple products. Boycott them so maybe they will stop acting like a bunch of spoiled brats! It is not acceptable that a manufacturer decides what a customer can watch on their products.
2 / 5 (8) Aug 07, 2012
It is not acceptable that a manufacturer decides what a customer can watch on their products.

Yes it is... in that it is THEIR product.

However, I agree with you that if you don't like it, don't buy it... that's how capitalism works.
not rated yet Aug 07, 2012
Expect iTube. Not an Apple fanboy. I only have an iPod.
2 / 5 (5) Aug 07, 2012
when you say "their product" do you mean "Apples product" or "product of the consumer" ??

either way jailbreaking an iPhone/iPad is legal and after that the consumer can choose to put what ever they want on their device and Apple are powerless to stop them
1.8 / 5 (4) Aug 07, 2012
Duh. YouTubes will be watchable through a Google-supplied app. That's what you want anyway, for the owner of the YouTube service to write the appl

Calm down, haters.
1.7 / 5 (6) Aug 07, 2012
when you say "their product" do you mean "Apples product" or "product of the consumer" ??

I meant it is apples product and they have every right to decide how it is made and what features are included... then you can choose to buy it or not if you like the features that they have built into it. Once you purchase it is your product and you can do with it as you please, as per your next comment:

either way jailbreaking an iPhone/iPad is legal and after that the consumer can choose to put what ever they want on their device and Apple are powerless to stop them

Sure, and I do this with ipod touch.
2 / 5 (4) Aug 07, 2012
This should come as no surprise, they are rivals after all. Its the same as how Microsoft sets Internet Explorer as default, and whats the default home page?, of course. How is this any different? When companies release devices with software on them they are almost always self promoting, why should Apple products be any different?
not rated yet Aug 08, 2012
This article is actually related to the cloud hacking article, though it may not look like it. This is why the tech giants are pushing so hard for cloud computing. The can control what data you access by controlling the programs used to access it.

On a PC or Mac, if you want to view video there is literally no way for Apple or Microsoft to stop you, or indeed limit you in any way. Any video player from any 3rd party can decrypt and play any video file type, from anywhere. Microsoft and Apple both offer default video viewers, but they can't make you use it. Everyone I know disables it immediately and goes with something more versatile.

Welcome to cloud computing. Now they can force you to use just their video viewer, just their browser, just their mp3 program, and just their e-reader.

5 / 5 (1) Aug 08, 2012
The hilarious part is that the PC guys lost all these legal battles a decade ago. They can't bundle their browser and disallow competitors from selling one. They also can't leverage the popularity of their OS to put the squeeze on 3rd party developers. Losing all those antitrust cases cost them billions. Arguably, losing those cases is why companies like Google and developers like Mozilla even exist.

But by all means, let's fight those fights again.
1 / 5 (4) Aug 12, 2012
I use the apps for work in my forestry company and even youtube to sow guy's how not to fell trees but the phone is a pain in the butt. Who the hell has time to navigate the social networking and the way the GUI is presented except those that don't have a real life to live. I find myself making apologies at least once a week to clients for my not so smart phone, Android is worse. These developers only make phones for the suckers waiting for the next model, more profit. Back to my N85 or N95 I think, away from being a manipulated sucker.

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