Apple is to remove its YouTube app from the iPhone and iPad, the latest sign of a growing gulf between Apple and Google.
YouTube won’t be on the next iPhone and iPad, "the latest evidence of escalating competition between the two companies," said reports today.
Fans will not, however, be cut off from YouTube. Google is working on its own YouTube app that will be available through Apple's app store and users will also be able to reach YouTube through Apple's Safari browser.
YouTube had been a core application of the iPhone since its in 2007. But as Google has pressed ahead with its Android software -- now the most-used smartphone OS -- " the relationship between the companies has frayed," said Bloomberg.
Apple also plans to replace Google Maps with its own app in the next iOS release, expected -- at an event on Sept. 12 when it is believed a new iPhone will be launched.
“Their two ecosystems are pulling away from each other,” Carl Howe, an analyst at Yankee Group said. “This is two companies agreeing they just don’t want to work together anymore.”
You Tube has been on the iPhone since its launch it went on sale 2007. Apple said today that its license for YouTube had expired.
A Google spokesman said in a statement: "We are working with Apple to ensure we have the best possible YouTube experience for iOS users."
At the beginning, the app gave Apple popular media content for the iPhone. But relations soured as Apple held on to control of the app's design .People at YouTube wanted it to evolve to be more consistent with the company's changing brand.