Apple to drop YouTube app in iOS 6 firmware

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by chris888222, Aug 7, 2012.

Aug 7, 2012
  1. chris888222
    OP

    Member chris888222 GBAtemp's Flygon Fan

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2010
    Messages:
    5,532
    Country:
    Singapore
    In the latest iOS 6 B4 firmware, Apple has dropped the YouTube app in the system software. Apple has also confirmed that YouTube will no longer exist in the final iOS 6 build.

    However, there's no need to worry. Google is actively working on a YouTube application on the App Store. iOS devices running below 6.0 will continue to have YouTube built in.

    SOURCE: http://mobile.theverge.com/2012/8/6/3223775/apple-youtube-ios6

    This is really good news IMO. The built-in app seriously sucks. Having it on the App Store also allows consistent updating.
     


  2. jonthedit

    Member jonthedit GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Joined:
    May 30, 2011
    Messages:
    1,691
    Country:
    Bermuda
    I'll just stick with the Cydia clients.
    Not surprised, as I heard they were integrating all Google stuff into the nexus tablets.
     
  3. RupeeClock

    Member RupeeClock Colors 3D Snivy!

    Joined:
    May 15, 2008
    Messages:
    6,307
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Isn't this kinda throwing away a major selling point of the devices?

    The fact that you have to download the Youtube app separately can impose a usage barrier on a lot of hopeless users.
     
  4. triassic911

    Member triassic911 Burst Mode

    Joined:
    May 9, 2007
    Messages:
    2,743
    Location:
    NYC, USA
    Country:
    United States
    I use Protube HD instead from Cydia. I agree in that the default Youtube app sucks.
     
    1 person likes this.
  5. indask8

    Member indask8 New Member Forever

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2007
    Messages:
    987
    Location:
    Look at the Flag...
    Country:
    France
    Not a bad thing if they allow constant updates to the app and make it non mandatory for people who don't use it.

    (I actually use it a lot so don't mess with my youtube apple. :teach: )
     
  6. chris888222
    OP

    Member chris888222 GBAtemp's Flygon Fan

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2010
    Messages:
    5,532
    Country:
    Singapore
    Well, I don't remember YT being a selling point for iOS devices (besides Apple TV if you count that).

    The built-in app just sucks. You can't set HQ over cellular, you can't do this you can't do that.

    Google did a good job for Chrome on iOS, so I have the confidence that they'll make YT splendid too.
     
    1 person likes this.
  7. SifJar

    Member SifJar Not a pirate

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2009
    Messages:
    6,022
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I doubt anyone ever bought an iOS device because it had a built in YouTube app. If they know YouTube exists, they'll be able to find it in the browser (the website is already superior to the built in app according to articles I saw on the matter).

    EDIT: Plus, if they can't manage to download an app from the App Store, there is zero point in them having an iOS device.
     
    1 person likes this.
  8. Skelletonike

    Member Skelletonike ♂ ♥ Gallant Pervert ♥ ♀

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2008
    Messages:
    2,844
    Location:
    Steam City
    Country:
    Portugal
    I'm guessing they removed it since Youtube belongs to google and stuff?
    Since Google is Apple's main OS rival, I guess they could remove it from the system because of that... Well, iOS users will get an even better Youtube app because of this since Google is working on one themselves now. ^^
     
  9. Joe88

    Member Joe88 [λ]

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2008
    Messages:
    11,192
    Location:
    NYC
    Country:
    United States
    the youtube app on android is pretty crappy fyi
     
  10. Skelletonike

    Member Skelletonike ♂ ♥ Gallant Pervert ♥ ♀

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2008
    Messages:
    2,844
    Location:
    Steam City
    Country:
    Portugal
    I have an Android phone, so I know how it is.
     
  11. chris888222
    OP

    Member chris888222 GBAtemp's Flygon Fan

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2010
    Messages:
    5,532
    Country:
    Singapore
    According to Apple, their license with Google ended for having YouTube on the OS.
     
  12. Jamstruth

    Member Jamstruth Secondary Feline Anthropomorph

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2009
    Messages:
    3,456
    Location:
    North East Scotland
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    The app has been needing updated for years and Apple were loath to do anything to it. I stopped using it after a few months when I discovered that the website was so much better.
    Glad its been dropped. It means Google can write one more like the stellar Android version
     
  13. Windaga

    Member Windaga GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2009
    Messages:
    873
    Location:
    New England
    Country:
    United States
    I have a Epic 4GTouch and the built in Youtube app is the best one I've ever used - I literally have zero complaints with it. I wasn't sure what people were talking about when they said 'most youtube apps suck' because I assumes they were all like mine.

    And then I picked up my friends iPhone. Needless to say, I think this is good news.
     
  14. purechaos996

    Member purechaos996 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2008
    Messages:
    765
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Country:
    United States
    No doubt this is in correlation to Google/YouTubes push to get mobile advertisements working across all platforms by the end of the year. I'm actually very happy about this, The Youtube app on iOS is terrible and I don't like YouTube mobile that much either, I hope google creates an app that will give you almost as much access as the full site does, as a YouTube Partner being able to access every inch of the site on the go would be a dream come true.
     
  15. pokefloote

    Member pokefloote GBAtemp Addict

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2009
    Messages:
    2,670
    Country:
    United States
    It has nothing to do with Apple vs Google.

    Anyone can get the youtube api and make an app [as seen on android, there are tons of crap clients and some good ones] They want google to make one for themselves to update, because the ios app was so far behind. It apparently couldnt support ads, so a lot of vevo music stuff wasnt available, and other things like that.

    Im sure everyone is able to find and download a youtube app from an app store...
     
  16. ComeTurismO

    Member ComeTurismO CTO

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2011
    Messages:
    2,909
    Location:
    4:54 PM
    Country:
    Canada
    Well, fuck you, Apple.
     
  17. pubert09

    Member pubert09 GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2009
    Messages:
    192
    Country:
    United States
    I'm okay with this. I would prefer it to be an optional install.
     
  18. andy249901

    Member andy249901 GBAtemp Fan

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2008
    Messages:
    359
    Location:
    Hillsburrito
    Country:
    United States
    It doesn't bother me. But if they incorporate ads into the new YouTube app, I'm staying on ios 5.
     
  19. BORTZ

    Global Moderator BORTZ wtf, nintendo

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2007
    Messages:
    10,652
    Country:
    United States
    Just use your browser. Cant chrome and shiz handle youtube?
     
  20. SifJar

    Member SifJar Not a pirate

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2009
    Messages:
    6,022
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Precisely. As far as I'm concerned, there should be only the bare minimum of apps preinstalled in any OS. The manufacturer of a device shouldn't try to guess what the user will want, they should just leave it to the user to install the apps they want. (IMO)
     

Share This Page