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New YouTube App for iPhone and iPod touch launches today

With tomorrow’s anticipated launch of iOS 6, some may be surprised at the lack of a YouTube app. Apple’s contract with Google (owner of YouTube) expired earlier this year; it included provisions for hosting a pre-installed YouTube app on iOS. Starting with iOS 6, YouTube will not come as a pre-installed app.

In a preemptive move by Google, a new YouTube app is now available for iPhone and iPod touch in the iOS App Store. It is a free app that features an updated user interface and enhanced features. Launch the direct download from Apple to download the app through iTunes on a computer, or through the App Store app on an iPhone or iPod touch.

The new app is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. It requires iOS 4.3 or later. An iPad version is said to be on the way that will have a user interface designed for the larger screen.

Screenshot of the YouTube app