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August 6, 2012: Release date of the new Apple iOS 6… but without YouTube. Every beta version prior to this one incorporated YouTube. That’s five years of YouTube and now Apple has not even substituted it for another video viewing and sharing website. As explained by an Apple representative:

Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.

I assume a YouTube app will be free of charge although it is so simple to use when it’s already part of the beta software. Another feature that will no longer appear on the main screen of devices carrying the iOS 6 is Google Maps. Apple reverts back to it’s original application Apple Maps, which is essentially the same. I can’t help but wonder, together with others who are taken by surprise with this announcement, whether Apple is cutting ties with Google. Google must have something up their sleeve…

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