Apple to drop YouTube from next version of iPhone, iPad software

Apple Inc. said Google Inc.’s YouTube won’t be included in the next version of the software used in the iPhone and iPad, the latest evidence of escalating competition between the two companies.

Apple has featured YouTube as a core application since the iPhone debuted in 2007. As Google has pushed into the smartphone market, the relationship between the two companies has frayed. Google’s Android software is now the world’s largest operating system for smartphones, used by Apple’s rivals including Samsung Electronics Co.

“Their two ecosystems are pulling away from each other,” said Carl Howe, an analyst at Yankee Group. “At the end of the day, this is two companies agreeing they just don’t want to work together anymore.”

Apple also plans to replace Google’s maps application with its own in the next iOS release.

Users will see the effects when the next version of Apple’s mobile software, called iOS 6, is released later this year. A license expired that allowed the company to include YouTube, said Trudy Muller, a spokeswoman for Apple. As a result, the YouTube app won’t come pre-installed on future iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch releases or if a user downloads iOS 6 to existing devices.

“Customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser, and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store,” Muller said.

Chris Dale, a spokesman for Google, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

Apple is scheduled to unveil the next iPhone – which is expected to feature the latest iOS version – at an event on Sept. 12, two people familiar with the plans said last month.