It looks like Apple’s YouTube app is on the way out. As originally reported by The Verge, as of iOS 6 Beta 4, the YouTube app (which has appeared on every iPhone and iPad sold to date) is no longer included with iOS.
According to a statement given by Apple to Macworld, Apple’s “license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended,” so the company decided to remove the app. Google plans to release a YouTube app of its own for iOS; until that happens, you’ll still be able to watch cat videos and “Call Me Maybe” parodies through YouTube’s mobile website.
In the end, though, an iOS free of a built-in YouTube option might not be such a bad thing. Here’s why.
Better for producers
One possible addition to a Google-made YouTube app, as The Verge points out, is the ability to display ads alongside videos. OK, nobody wants to see ads, but ads on videos generate income not just for Google, but the producers of the video too, if they choose to opt in to that program.
More resources for Apple
The change will be beneficial to Apple, which no longer has to develop an app based on someone else’s product. Apple can now assign the developers tasked with tweaking the YouTube app elsewhere to improve iOS in other areas.
Also, it’s easier still to move away from a built-in YouTube app now that videos that don’t require Flash to watch are becoming increasingly common on YouTube—YouTube’s Flash requirement is the main reason Apple built the app in the first place. (YouTube, in turn, re-encoded most of the videos on its site so those videos would play on iOS devices.)
More frequent updates
As a bundled app, the YouTube app could only be updated when Apple released an update to iOS. Even then, the YouTube app rarely—if ever—received any major improvements. Under this new arrangement, though, Google will be able to release more frequent updates to a standalone YouTube app to squash bugs and add new features. The result? A better experience for iOS users.
Better tie-ins with Google services possible
One other possible benefit of a separate YouTube app is that it could give Google the chance to better integrate the app with other Google services. Maybe we’ll see a Google Hangout tie-in, for example, or maybe you’ll one day be able to upload your videos directly to YouTube from iOS—something you won’t be able to to in iOS 6 by default.
Will you miss the YouTube app? Or do you see all this as much ado about nothing? Leave a comment.
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