Here’s the deal: Apple has had a rocky five-year relationship with Google. It’s been good and bad. Android only made it worse. And now, Apple is filing for divorce. Literally.
Google Maps has already been removed by Apple in iOS 6 developer beta builds, and will be replaced by Apple’s own in-house creation. As for YouTube? Well, that’s going away, too. But thankfully, Google has already committed to creating a new YouTube app for iOS, so it’s a win for both companies, but somewhere in the black and white where a gray area exists, it’s a bad situation for us (the users, the consumers of both companies’ products), at least in the long-run — a constant tug-of-war between both companies means that occasionally they will not be focused (perhaps). Apple’s statement confirming this is below:
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.