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The Macalope Daily: Dear Apple, I have too much time on my hands

The Macalope | Oct. 8, 2012
Prep your fainting couches because Apple has once again outrageously--outrageously!-- violated the sacred trust between giant computer company and its shrillest and most sensitive customers!

Prep your fainting couches because Apple has once again outrageously--outrageously!-- violated the sacred trust between giant computer company and its shrillest and most sensitive customers!

VentureBeat's John Koetsier keys "Dear Apple: Deleting your users' apps without notification is rude and arrogant" (tip o' the antlers to my glass eye).

"But, Macalope," you say. "A VentureBeat writer who comes off like an over-privileged, powdered-wig-wearing 18th-century monarch? Surely that cannot be right." Oh, but it is.

Yesterday, I pulled up the YouTube app on my recently updated iOS 6-sporting iPhone 4S. Or, I tried to.

Oh, no! Has someone stolen Koetsier's phone? Are his hands enfeebled by the condition known as "hot dog fingers"? Are aliens stealing our apps?

No.

Turns out that Apple killed the app silently in the process of upgrading my phone to iOS 6.

NOOOOOOOO! Now how are we going to get Rickrolled while on the go?!

And I, a long-time Apple user with multiple Apple products and a technology journalist who covers Apple, had missed that little factoid about the latest and greatest mobile Apple operating system.

Which is apparently somehow Apple's fault.

It also turns out I'm not the only one who has done so.

Ten thousand people have viewed this question on Apple's forums about the missing YouTube app, and another thousand have viewed this one.

So, 11,000 out of, what? 200 million? That's certainly damning.

But let's stop and think about this for a moment.

Imagine that this was your Mac (or your PC).

Uh, OK. Sherlock ring a bell? Flash? Java? Apple (and Microsoft) remove things from their desktop operating systems all the time. Sounds like someone missed out on writing some whiny articles over the years.

But, lo! The Macalope is looking at his iPhone running iOS 6 right now and ... there's a YouTube application on it! How could that be?! Because Google's now making its own app. Which you can download from the App Store. No longer bundling an app for watching cat videos, however, is somehow rant-worthy.

And, in an upgrade to a new version of the operating system, Apple or Microsoft deleted applications on your device. Instead of PhotoShop, you now get NewAwesomeImageEditor, and instead of Skype, you get ... nothing.

Well, if Apple or Microsoft deleted someone else's application that you paid for and replaced it with their own software, that would certainly be an issue. That is, of course, not at all what happened here. You'd think someone who is a "long-time Apple user with multiple Apple products and a technology journalist who covers Apple" would know that the YouTube app was made by Apple and included for free.

 

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