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Apple spurns YouTube app in latest iOS 6 seed

Apple on Monday released iOS 6 beta 4 to developers, and one of the most notable changes is the removal of the built-in YouTube app.

According to users in the MacRumors forum, the YouTube app is not included in the list of apps on the iOS home screen, where it has resided since the iPhone launch in 2007. Apple later confirmed to The Verge that its license with Google to include the YouTube app on the home screen has expired and Google is now working on a standalone app for the Apple App Store.

In a statement, YouTube said "we are working with Apple to ensure we have the best possible YouTube experience for iOS users." It declined to comment on whether the new YouTube app would be in the App Store in time for iOS 6.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The move makes sense, however. Apple is already ditching Google Maps for its own standalone Maps app in the next version of iOS. During a presentation at June's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Apple touted a "flyover feature" in the new Maps app that will include 3D views - a feature that Google also announced for its Maps app.

The updated iOS app will not be available until the autumn, when Apple rolls out iOS 6 (presumably with its next-gen iPhone). But when it arrives, the Maps app will replace the Google Maps app that currently comes pre-installed on all iOS devices.

Last month, there were reports that users will not be required to enter a password when downloading free apps in iOS 6. Apple also acknowledged a vulnerability within iOS that allows users to access in-app content without paying for it, and promised a fix with iOS 6.