Apple and Google were once the closest of allies, but have become serious competitors in recent years. As evidence, the dedicated YouTube app that has been in iOS since its beginning is being removed from the next version of the iOS.
Apple used to depend on Google for several of the apps that were bundled with its tablets and smartphones, including Maps and, of course, YouTube. Not too long after Google introduced the rival Android operating system, Apple began the process of weaning itself off of these services.
When iOS 6 is introduced this fall, it will include new mapping and navigation software that has nothing to do with Google. And it will no longer come bundled with a YouTube app. This last bit was confirmed with the release to developers of the latest beta of Apple’s operating system.
This change should not be a source of chagrin for fans of silly-cat videos — it seems quite likely that Google will release a stand-alone version of its online-video player, which iPad and iPhone users will be able to download from iTunes.