Apple dropping Google-owned YouTube from next iOS update

Apple has announced that Google-owned YouTube will not be included in the next version of the software used in the iPhone and iPad. This decision is just another sign of the increasing competition between the two companies.

Apple has featured YouTube as a core application since the iPhone first debuted in 2007. As Google has progressed into the smartphone market, the relationship between the two companies has gradually unraveled.

Google's Android software is now the world's largest operating system for smartphones, used by Apple's rivals including Samsung Electronics Co. Earlier this year, Apple also announced that it would be replacing 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. In a statement, an Apple spokesman said that a license that allowed the company to include YouTube has expired. 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.

Apple is scheduled to unveil the iPhone 5 at an event on Sept. 12, 2012.