Google has yet to come up with a direct response to Apple’s plan to ditch Google Maps and move forward with their own in-house Maps application using 3D vector technology. This may have caused considerable tension between the two juggernauts and we can now tell you that there is also a very serious risk of Apple’s rumored iPhone 5 launching without a native YouTube application.
On Monday, Apple released the very latest version of their beta for iOS 6 and it was discovered that the YouTube app that was featured in previous beta versions of iOS 6 has been removed. Ever since the problems with Adobe Flash and iOS, Apple chose to develop the YouTube app themselves, of course with the permission of Google who now owns the video sharing website.
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However, Apple has now issued a rare public statement, confirming to Reuters that their license with Google to provide a native YouTube application on iOS has in fact expired. They also included the vital information stating that users will still be able to access YouTube through the Safari browser, but more importantly – Google are said to be developing their own version of YouTube for iOS.
Many consumers do not like the current YouTube application that is available at the moment anyway, so perhaps some may see this as a blessing in disguise if Google is now building a new version. At the moment, the app doesn’t allow users to search for videos using filters and you’ll probably agree with us that this is a feature that is badly needed on the iPhone.
There is obviously no HD quality settings either, so hopefully once the Google-built YouTube app is out on iOS, the ability to change video quality as on desktop will come as standard. How long will Google need to develop their own YouTube though if they are unwilling to offer a new license to Apple to continue with the existing app?
With just one month to go until the next iPhone arrives (if rumors are correct), then Google may be unable to provide a YouTube app on iOS before the iPhone 5 launches. More worryingly for fans, they may not want to either as a further slap in the face to Apple.
What are your thoughts on this? Would you be upset if there is no YouTube app at launch for the next iPhone? Do you also see this as a blessing in disguise or not?