Apple Slowly Begins to Drop Google Features
With Apple’s unveiling of their newest operating system, iOS 6, consumers have noticed that Google is slowly being removed from Apple’s out of the box features. Many wonder if this is directly related to the growing tensions between Apple and Google as they compete against each other in the mobile world (iOS vs Android).
One of the main features that is noticeable different is that the iOS 6 beta version has dropped the YouTube app. YouTube has been owned by Google since 2006 and has come standard on all iPhones since their debut in 2007. Apple stated “Our license to include the YouTube app in 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.” So far, there has been no mention of whether it was Google or Apple who decided not to renew the license.
The once-strong alliance between Apple and Google is further disintegrating after the unveiling of Apple’s own maps feature that offers its users 3D maps, a direct alternative to Google Maps. Even with Apple abandoning the YouTube and Google Maps applications, perhaps the most obvious blow to Google has been the addition of Apple’s voice assistance, Siri. Siri allows iPhone users to search the internet without using Google.
With these developments, many wonder if Apple is indeed trying to move towards a Google-free iPhone. But for now, even though Apple is not including Google-made apps right out of the box they are also not forcing their users to abandon Google altogether since these apps will still be available through the Apple App Store.