Apple has released the latest iOS 6 developer beta today – beta 4 – and there’s one very noticeable absentee in this latest beta version of the next major iOS version. There’s no sign of the YouTube app.
As you can see in the screencap above, Siri is letting me know the app is not found on my testing iPad.
There’s no word as yet on why the app is missing, though many are already speculating that this is the latest example of Apple’s desire to move away from Google apps on iOS. iOS 6 no longer uses Google Maps and perhaps Apple will provide an alternative to YouTube in the final release of iOS 6.
I’ve always found the YouTube app to be a very poor performer on the iPad and very rarely use it, as there are plenty of very good 3rd party video apps that feature content from YouTube and elsewhere. So I won’t miss the YouTube app if it is dropped in the final release of iOS 6. Will you?