Just over a week in advance of the release of its long-awaited iPhone, Apple announced that it has reached a deal with Google to provide iPhone-specific access, through a special application, to the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube. YouTube has also been made available on Apple TV.
The marriage of iPhone and YouTube was made possible by YouTube’s H.264-encoding of its videos, which will be used for the first time on a mobile device on the iPhone. Not all videos on YouTube will be available right away; about 10,000 will be when the phone is released, with the rest to follow by the fall.
Other last-minute changes to the iPhone have included an upping of its battery life, and the upgrading of its surface glass.