Apple said it will drop YouTube with the next version of its operating system for the popular iPhone and iPad devices, a move that spotlights the competition between Apple and Google, the owner of YouTube, reports Bloomberg.
Apple has included YouTube as a core application since the computer company debuted the iPhone in 2007, but the relationship between Apple and Google has worn thin as Google’s Android software has made inroads into the smartphone market, the piece points out.
Said Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe: “Their two ecosystems are pulling away from each other. This is two companies agreeing they just don’t want to work together anymore.”
Google’s maps application will also be replaced with Apple’s own program in the next iOS release, the story adds.
The new version of Apple’s mobile software, iOS 6, will be available later this year. Consumers who want to watch YouTube on their Apple devices will need to either download the app or watch it through Apple’s Safari Web browser, the article notes.