With the release of the new iOS Beta 4 several readers have noted that it lacks one very important app which has been present on the iPhone since the original launch in 2007, iOS no longer includes a dedicated YouTube app.
The reason for the removal is unclear, however as Tuaw.com stipulates the original app did debut in 2007 and 2012 is five years later one could guess that some sort of timed contract had been signed. Furthermore you might assume that since Apple decided to integrate their own Map app into iOS, that perhaps Google has decided to pull the plug on the YouTube App.
YouTube videos can still be played through the embedded viewer, but the removal of the dedicated YouTube app marks a significant reduction in the prominence of Google on iOS.
A statement released earlier today from Apple reads:
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.