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

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.”