YouTube switches off its mobile app for second-gen Apple TVs and older iOS devices
Time to pull out the sad emoji. YouTube todayannounced a change in its data API that will make its app unavailable for older devices such as the second generation Apple TV, and a range of other smart TVs and gaming consoles.
A report by MacRumors points to a new Google help post announcing the move, citing that the following devices will be affected starting today:
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.
Select devices manufactured in 2012 and earlier, including Sony TVs & Blu-ray Discs, Panasonic TVs & Blu-ray Discs, older iOS devices, and devices running older versions of Google TV.
Older iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models will now need to run iOS 7 or later to access the video channel via the app.
YouTube is still rolling out this change, so the app might still be operative for the time being, but not for long.
There are some ways around the change. The Mobile Safari YouTube site, for example, will still be available for iOS devices that can’t run the independent app.
Going forward, the YouTube app will be available on most 2013 and newer Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles and other streaming devices.
The blog post has specific advice on how to configure your current devices.