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YouTube is shutting down app for older iOS devices and Apple TV

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Video streaming giant YouTube has announced it is dropping support for its mobile app on a host of devices manufactured in 2012 and earlier.

From the end of this month YouTube will cease to work on the second generation Apple TV, and iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices running iOS 6.

If the Apple mobile users upgrade to iOS 7 they’ll be able to download a new YouTube app, otherwise it’ll be browser-only access from April 30. Apple TV second generation users, however, are bang out of luck.

Sony and Panasonic Smart TVs and Blu-ray players, games consoles and Google TV devices from 2012 and before will also be affected when the old version of the app is shut down.

As long as your device was manufactured in 2013 and beyond, you should be alright.

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The changes are coming as Google is upgrading the YouTube Data API.

On its support site, the company wrote (via The Next Web): “As we upgrade the YouTube Data API to bring more features, we’ll begin shutting down the old version on April 20, 2015. This will result in the current YouTube app not working on certain device models from 2012 and older.

“We will continue to focus our efforts on improving our official YouTube app for TV which is available on most 2013 and newer Smart TVs and Blu-ray players, game consoles and streaming devices. You can find a list of our device partners here.”

M Mouse

April 24, 2015, 6:55 am

No big surprises - Google is quick to ignore slightly dated computers, etc. I've been using Chrome on a relatively old iMac (Intel Core Duo) but they no longer support it, so now new browser updates are coming, and GMail says I need a newer version of the browser, so that'll mean I'll not be able to use GMail direct from the browser (luckily they will still allow access from Thunderbird, and other e-mail clients).

Their most recent security patch for Android leaves anyone on even Android 4 (lat alone the multi millions using 2.2 and 2.3 for which there may be no upgrade paths, those being earlier phones and tablets) "at risk". Frankly in terms of backward compatibility and support, Google is rather poor, when compared with Apple and Microsoft (both of which support for quite a few years before dropping you).

Microsoft far better than Apple in that regard, but then again Apple wants to sell you another new shiny {and very expensive} replacement, hence their dumb policies on storage and RAM - soldering in the RAM chips and sealing the cases with unique types of screw / bolt fittings, while charging excessive fees for the next size up in terms of internal storage. No wonder some claim 200% markup on component costs and only a fool would buy brand new - my 5 iMac systems are all off Ebay.

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