Back in June, I listed a few things I’d like to see Apple remove from iOS. One of those was:
The YouTube app seems slightly irrelevant these days, given that is somewhat out of date with YouTube’s current feature set, and YouTube’s mobile site is more than functional. Heck, let Google roll their own YouTube app onto the App Store.
I just don’t see much advantage to having a built-in YouTube app anymore. And let’s face it, the icon is hideous.
Apple released beta 4 of iOS 6 to developers today, and the built-in YouTube app is gone. The Verge has a statement from Apple:
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.
I’m sure there are folks who will be upset. I just see this as a reclaimed spot on the Home Screen.