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Another Google service gone for good: Apple confirms YouTube app was removed from iOS 6

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:31PM EST

Apple (AAPL) released a new version of its iOS 6 software on Monday, and one of the platform’s core apps was missing: YouTube. Some speculated that the omission was a bug, while others suggested that Apple’s dedicated app for the Google-owned (GOOG) service had been ousted for good. As it turns out, the latter is in fact the case. “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,” an Apple spokesperson told The Verge. Apple has chosen not to renew its licensing agreement, and YouTube will join Google Maps as another Google service ousted from Apple’s core iOS apps.


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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.