The official YouTube iOS app was released today in the App Store — an interesting way to commemorate 9/11. In early developer previews of iOS 6, which is scheduled to be debuted tomorrow, it was noticed that the native YouTube app that had shipped with the device since its release in 2007 had been dropped. This is significant because it shows the increased separation of Apple and Google and even earlier this year it was noted that maps in iOS 6 are now served by Apple and not Google. No longer does Apple seem to really need Google on any significant hardware or software level. It is clear that Google serves apps and limited services which are beneficial to iOS users, but there is no reason to integrate the copy-cat-company on such a deep level.
Though, the new app is much better. It is clearly faster and definitely has more options. If only the new Facebook app was this fast.