Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is letting YouTube go from their iOS 6 software beta upgrade. The company made the following official statement to The Verge, “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.”
Ever since Google introduced their first Android smartphones, the search giant has been on the bad side of Apple. Over the last few months, the world’s most valuable company has been slowly cutting ties with Google products and services. Earlier this summer, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) introduced their in-house 3D Maps application at the Worldwide Developers Convention. It was obvious that the company wanted to cut their dependence and ties with Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), who introduced their own version of 3D maps just days earlier. YouTube will remain in most iOS systems including iOS 5.
It’s not enough that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) takes Android partners, like Samsung to court over patent litigations, the company is actively creating new ways to take a dig at Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG). One example is how Apple’s interactive voice-activated app Siri is proving to be a direct competitor of Google’s search engine. As more people use their iPhones to replace their computers, they’re more likely to use Siri to find out information than they are on Google. Another example is that Safari makes it easier for their users to find alternative search engines, despite the fact that Google pays Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) about $1 billion a year to remain in default position. It’s pretty obvious that Apple wants to push Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) out of the picture.
Apple’s decision to drop YouTube does cause us to speculate that maybe Apple is in the works of creating their alternative video streaming service. If they don’t have something to replace YouTube, this could end up hurting Apple more than Google.