You all remember the ancient art of Rickrolling, right? The digital bait-and-switch essentially saw users tricked into watching the video for Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”.
You’ll never guess who’s caught on just as we thought Rickrolling had been consigned to the history eBooks. Yep, only bloomin’ Apple.
The link appears in the official changelog for iOS 6 beta 4, as reported by BGR and others.
Apple giggles: “As of iOS 6, embedded YouTube URLs in the form of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0 will no longer work. These URLs are for viewing the video on the YouTube site, not for embedding in web pages.”
What’s happening is, see, the YouTube app won’t be available on iOS 6. Apple explains: “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.”
Engadget is told that the YouTube app will, however, “remain on iOS 5 and older”, while a YouTube spokesperson yelled: "We are working with Apple to ensure we have the best possible YouTube experience for iOS users."
The iPhone 5 launch is tipped for September 12. We’d expect the hardware to drop around a week later, preceded by iOS 6.