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Contemplating iPhone 5 without YouTube at launch

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.

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?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Being a Google fan, I’m actually upset that Google is developing another YouTube app for Apple. I would have been happy if Google banned rights to YouTube for Apple and let them find another video sharing app since Apple loves being so proprietary about everything.

iOS Developers

I Don’t think that this news is True

jesse dupere

I want an mini ipad bad and an iphone 5 bad if they get rid of youtube i would rethink that just from that step. I really like youtube.

jesse dupere

They better not get rid of youtube >!!!

Apples suck since Steve died
Apples suck since Steve died

Not buying apples anymore Rip offffs what was with iPhone 4 s ?


I get that Apple doesn’t want Google IP’s on their devices if they can help it. But I’m not happy about this. I LIKE Youtube and I LIKE Google Maps. I don’t want vimeo to be the new native replacement for Youtube. I don’t want to use apple maps either. 

This news makes me seriously question if I want an iPhone 5 or not. Not happy with Apple nearly as much as I used to be. 


The native app is horrible. Why would anyone miss it? The mobile site is much better and has all the features you need. If they make a separate app, they should just make it based on the mobile site.

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