Google recently announced that they will be pulling support for the YouTube app on older devices, including earlier model iPhone, iPads, iPod Touch. and Apple TVs. YouTube is working on upgrading their applications programming interface (API) in order to provide more features, and many old model smartphones, tablets, [easyazon-link asin=”B00TKOSUFY” locale=”us”]Blu-Ray Players[/easyazon-link], set-top boxes, and others rely on an older API to power the app. YouTube announced that devices using the old API will lose their ability to view YouTube videos via the app in early May.
Devices running iOS 7 or newer will remain unaffected by this change. [easyazon-link asin=”B00NQGP42Y” locale=”us”]iPhones[/easyazon-link], [easyazon-link asin=”B00O12DMB2″ locale=”us”]iPads[/easyazon-link], [easyazon-link asin=”B00LG71NZ2″ locale=”us”]iPod Touch[/easyazon-link] need only be upgraded to iOS 7 or iOS 8 for the YouTube app to continue working properly. The change affects iPhone users who are still using an iPhone 3GS or older, [easyazon-link asin=”B00LG71NZ2″ locale=”us”]iPod Touch[/easyazon-link] owners with a 4th generation or earlier device, and users with the first generation iPad, all of which are locked into iOS 6 or earlier operating systems. Users with such devices will still be able to access YouTube through their mobile site at http://m.youtube.com through Safari or other browsers.
Owners of older [easyazon-link asin=”B00NLM7QQ0″ locale=”us”]Apple TVs[/easyazon-link] don’t have such luck. Third-generation [easyazon-link asin=”B00NLM7QQ0″ locale=”us”]Apple TV[/easyazon-link] users will be able to download an updated version of the YouTube app to keep it working. Second and first-generation Apple TV users (720p-only sets) will have no way to view YouTube videos once the change is in effect.
Google mentioned several non-Apple devices that will be affected, as well – many pre-2013 smart TVs and [easyazon-link asin=”B00TKOSUFY” locale=”us”]Blu-Ray Player[/easyazon-link], various game consoles, and devices running Google TV version 2 and older also will no longer be able to access the app. As with the iOS devices, however, those with browsers may still be able to access the mobile site.