You'll still be able to watch YouTube videos with an iOS 6 device, but the YouTube app will no longer be included as a default app automatically loaded on new iPhones and iPads. Additionally, the YouTube app will disappear from your apps if you upgrade your current device to iOS 6. Users will have to actually go to the App Store and download the YouTube app manually. YouTube videos will still play on the Mobile Safari browser or Google Chrome for iOS, even without downloading the dedicated app.
Apple blog 9to5Mac first noticed that YouTube is gone from iOS6. The Verge quickly followed up and received a statement from Apple saying, "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 Verge also received confirmation from Google that indeed they are building their own upgraded independent app for iPhones and iPad on iOS6.
YouTube has been included as a default app with iOS ever since the first iPhone came out in 2007.
But that was back in 2007, before Apple and Google realized that they hated each other so much. Remember -- Google now owns YouTube, so YouTube is a Google product. Now that Google has gone into the Android phone businesses, Apple would like iPhone users to not use a Google-powered anything. Apple has already ditched Google Maps as the default mapping application on iOS6.
The blog Ars Technica makes an excellent point -- this change may cost iPhone and iPad users the ability to upload their videos directly to YouTube. "We're left wondering whether Apple's Camera app will continue to offer an option to upload your phone's videos to YouTube once iOS 6 is out," writes author Jacqui Cheng.
Apple has not specified exactly when iOS6 will be released to the general public, with the iOS6 web site saying simply "Coming This Fall." The consensus speculation is that the operating system will be released alongside the new iPhone and iPad Mini in mid-September of this year.