Yes you read it right, Apple has decided to remove the all-important YouTube app which has become indispensable to all of us who spend time viewing videos on our phones either for learning purposes or viewing pleasure, from its flagship iPhone 5 handset. YouTube has become an important educational tool for many, especially young students who rely on it for distant learning and tutorials. It seems Apple has extended its quest to stifle competition by hitting one of its biggest rivals right within its OS. But why this nasty war when its only obvious that the true victims are us the consumers? Well, it seems Apple could care less what we feel as long as it can lash out its own ‘punitive’ action against all those who stand in its way to become the biggest and most versatile mobile tech company in the world.
Apple needs to end the patent law suit adventure that continues to rob consumers of the right to choice. Apple cannot say it has never infringed the patents of others, but it continues to make it its commercial signature to pursue those who have become innovative in pushing mobile technology beyond our imagination. There needs to be serious collaboration with all these companies including Google, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, Asus, Acer, Microsoft, Sony, LG and the rest, if consumers are to enjoy fantastic headways in technology without patent barriers.
In other development, Apple has stopped using Google Maps to power its mapping service in the new iOS 6 operating system which powers the iPhone 5. In a statement, Apple said that its license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended. Well, Apple did not indicate whether it would renew its license, but Google went to extra length in modifying its YouTube videos just to make them work with iPhones, since iOS platform does not support flash, an important web plug-in that Apple also rejected since launching the iPhone a few years ago.
It is indeed disgraceful that a company would file a patent for simple aspects of technology that has been around for years and get away with suing others over stupid patents or intellectual property rights!! Playing the patent war over the media is indeed gross. And those who decide to go to war over patents should hang their heads in shame as they are guilty of stifling competition and denying customers the right to make choices.
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