Users previewing the latest update to the iOS 6 beta discovered that it no longer features a YouTube app.
Apple confirmed that the omission was intentional, and that the company's YouTube license with Google has expired.
Instead, iOS 6 will allow users to view YouTube videos directly through the Safari browser. Google will also release its own separate YouTube app, it just will not come pre-installed with iOS 6.
"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," Apple said in a statement today.
YouTube is not the only Google service getting dropped in iOS 6, with Apple already announcing it will replace Google Maps with its own proprietary map application. Maps in iOS 6 will feature 3D city views and Siri-enabled turn-by-turn navigation.
Apple will launch iOS 6 with the new iPhone, which is said to have a smaller 19-pin connector rather than the current model's 30-pin port, along with the wider 16x9 screen in a longer form factor. Supposed images of the new iPhone were leaked online last week.
Apple is expected to announce the new iPhone during a special event on September 12. Rumours suggest that it will then launch later in September.