Apple and Google have always had a troubled relationship. Much like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, the two tech-giants were once close friends but quickly and explosively became bitter enemies. Also, I am pretty sure Larry Page and Tim Cook were both on a reality show that took place on a farm. Apparently, the company’s feud has come to a head in the form of a straightforward snub from Apple.
Apple’s iOS 6 operating system currently does not have a YouTube application for the iPhone and iPad. The test version of iOS 6 released on Monday is the first version of Apple’s iOS operating system to not include a YouTube application. Obviously, this is an incredible development for both iPhone users and YouTube viewers and creators alike. It is possible that by not including a YouTube app, Apple may be trying to wash their hands of Google.
Google has always played a small role in the YouTube application’s development process, even to the point of not developing the app at all. According to The New York Times, Apple simply used YouTube’s software kit to make the application instead of letting YouTube have any type of control. Being notoriously tight-fisted with their control, it comes as no surprise that Apple would clash with the video-sharing site over things like ads and updates.
It turns out that Google isn’t so easy to make roll over either, as the majority of time and effort on YouTube’s part has been dedicated to their far superior mobile site. Perhaps sensing this, it seems Apple has pulled the plug on their contract with YouTube, making Samsung Google’s primary partner.
We reached out to YouTube for a comment and a representative told us that, “We are working with Apple to ensure we have the best possible YouTube experience for iOS users.”
Troubling news, indeed, YouTube users and creators. What do you think of Apple snubbing YouTube? Make some noise below.