Apple Issues iOS 6 Beta 4 to Developers [UPDATED] YouTube App Removed

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Reports are beginning to surface that Apple has issued iOS 6 beta 4 (Build 10A5376e) to developers for testing purposes. This new version of iOS was announced at this year’s WWDC, and is slated to be released to the general public “this fall”. It would be safe to assume that the new software will be unveiled alongside new hardware at the rumored September 12th media event.

The update is being pushed over the air to developers, and is also available on Apple’s Developer Center webpage to registered developers. As of this moment, it remains to be seen what changes might be included in this new build. We’ll keep you posted if anything significant is found.

Apple has also issued to Xcode 4.5 Developer Preview 4 and Apple TV Software Beta 4 for developer testing.

[UPDATE] Starting with this build of iOS 6, the dedicated YouTube app, which has been a part of iOS since the beginning has been removed. The Verge has managed to get a statement from Apple:

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.

The battle between Apple and Google is well underway. With Apple dropping support of Google Maps in favor of their own mapping services, and other technologies, it should come as no surprise that Apple is dropping the YouTube app as well. Just as the statement says however, there will be a standalone YouTube app in the App Store, and functionality, of course, will remain via Safari.

Kinda spooky if you ask me.