Over 100 million Apple iPhones and iPads are losing YouTube support

Over 100 million Apple iPhones and iPads are losing YouTube support
Over 100 million Apple iPhones and Apple iPads are losing YouTube support. This deals with Google's update of the YouTube API to version 3 from version 2. Any iPhone, iPad or even iPod touch that cannot be updated to iOS 7 is affected. YouTube fans still rockin' these older models can still use the mobile version of YouTube available via mobile Safari.

Google's move to the new API version also played havoc with third party YouTube apps created for the Windows Phone platform. As we told you on Monday, apps like MetroTube and myTube have had to update in order to support the new API. Without these updates, the apps will not work. Those using Android phones and tablets are not affected. Google has updated the version of the YouTube app offered in the Google Play Store. 

The OG Apple iPhone included a YouTube client with iPhone OS 1.0. The YouTube icon hung around until iOS 6 beta 4 when the licensing deal Apple had with Google expired. Since then, Google developed a YouTube app for the App Store. That app will now work only for devices running iOS 7 or higher.

source: Forbes

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71 Comments

1. toocool4skool

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

So it begins....

3. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

As far as iPhones go this is an non issue. I work in mobile retail and can't even remember the last time I saw a 3G/S or OG iPhone. In the wild the last time I saw someone actually using an OG iPhone was in LA and it was a cashier at the Regal counter. Yes I rememeber lol. Even the iPhone 4 is becoming hard to spot, given its hard to tell the difference between that and the 4S. I will say I can't speak on the iPod touch front.

14. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

this is basically a good move... google should stop all google applications on apple, same like apple doesnt let its proprietary softwares to be used on any other product

17. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

It's about the dollars with Google and nothing else!! Why would they give up all that advertisement on ios/BB/WP. If you are still running a a 3G/S or below, then you will only see the hamster wheel anyway while using you tube or anyother app! #14

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This has nothing to do with money. It has to do with not supporting old legacy devices. Anyone who has a phone that old could have upgrading some time ago. Why do you need a 4 year old smartphone? Google isn't doing this t hurt anyone. The PA writers try to spend everything a sf this is against Apple. This move effects people who have any old device, no matter what OS they run. This also includes older smart TV's and Blue Ray Players.

27. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

My old old moto droid support the latest youtube app. Sorry dude

29. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

idiot TechieXP at it again!

45. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's not fair to call TechieXP an idiot. His rants are 5,000 words long, an idiots are only 4,998.

51. gaming64 unregistered

Suddenly techiexp1969 changed from an iHater to a average joe. Therapy, perhaps?

43. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

For some people 4 years is not that old. There's no reason not to support these devices. An iPhone 4 is still a powerfull device. Or better yet, why do they always have to change stuff. They usually break more then fix things! At one time people will be so fed up with this rapid changing s**t that they abandon. Of course, people who still use iPhone 3GS or 4 are clearly folks whom only use it for calling and text. They aren't app-junkies in the first place. They probably don't even know what a webbrowser is.

71. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. Did any of the first few commenst read the article....at all?? This is about Youtube being updated. Of course anything Google, Android related will get supported firt. All others will just have to wait. Seriously...its not a conspiracy about Google being evil....

50. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

And that is why you don't run Google. Google is not foolish; they make more money from iOS than Android. If anything, they will stop support to Android before they do to iOS.

58. meanestgenius

Posts: 22201; Member since: May 28, 2014

Due to the sheer number of Android handsets there are in the world, especially compared to iOS devices, I'd say Google makes more money through the advertisements on Android than on anything on iOS. I also highly doubt that Google would stop support for its platform as opposed to iOS.

40. engineer-1701d unregistered

the problem is not the 3g its people that dont want to upgrade to buggy software that crash the phone making them have to get a new one. but since apple is being a D, to google trying to take google apps out of the ios so if google pulls youtube from ios bye bye ios sales since most are kids/people are on youtube and google search and social media. google holds the future of apple in its hands.

47. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Bro I don't think you have no idea what the article is talking about. Read it a few more times maybe.

52. gaming64 unregistered

Have fun with your buggy system and crap quality apps.

57. meanestgenius

Posts: 22201; Member since: May 28, 2014

I find it ironic that you call others a "hater", albeit an "iHater", and you yourself are on this site doing a whole lot of hating. Hypocrite, much?

65. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

In some part of the world, APPLE or maybe someone posed as apple and having a store modeled looks like apple store STILL SELLING the iphone 3GS and iphone 4 as I write now. the iphone 4 is priced around US$250. I think this might be the used/refurbished phone imported from the USA/Europe and dumped in Asia(India, Indonesia, Vietnam)/Africa.

4. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Not a big deal. There are alot more phone users are out there who never used YouTube on there mobile.

30. seven7dust unregistered

or you can just use the browser , with multiple tabs , much easier that using the app anyway.

41. engineer-1701d unregistered

bs everyone that has a smartphone has and does use youtube on the phone, thats like trying to say people that have a smart phone have never done a google search.

55. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

There's no smartphone in my comment...

61. meanestgenius

Posts: 22201; Member since: May 28, 2014

I currently use two smartphones and I do not use Google search for anything. Ever. There are alternatives that I use. Also, there are places in the world where Google services are banned, therefore, I think it's fairly reasonable to say that there are people that use smartphones, but do not use YouTube.

34. Simona unregistered

who cares..

2. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Lol, bs title. Those are some trashy old devices that nobody uses anymore. Maybe only some poor morons who try to be cool by owning an old iphone 4 for 100bucks just to tell their friends that they've got an iphone. Same people are crying on hearthstone's forums why they didn't add iphone 4 support. Grow up and update your outdated toy. Just because you bought an iphone/ipad doesn't mean it's not prone to aging. The truth is that a $100 Chinese phone has much better specs than an iphone 4 or even 4s. Just sell that outdated junk and buy sth new.

5. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

This doesn't affect the iPhone 4 because it runs iOS 7, not well but it does run it.

12. seven7dust unregistered

Actually I know a lot of people who use iPhone 4 and 4s , they are perfectly happy with iO.S 7 on it. a lot of people prefer smaller iPhones still , I know 10 people with iPhone 4 myself including my mom. the sales of the iPhone 5s are still very high ,showing that many people still want small smartphones not big behemoths all the time. stop making others needs less imporatant just becasue you feel differently.

20. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I call BS on knowing 10 people who still use an iPhone 4.

22. seven7dust unregistered

it's true don't believe me , like I care , I've seen so many iPhone 4s in the airports as well. it was Apple greatest phone , cause it was iconic in looks and had the best fit n finish , the black iPhone 4 was my first smartphone. Retina display still holds up , my little sister uses it now.

44. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Heck I know that many at least, although it may be a 4S, but it s that model. I have two co workers that use an iPhone 3G.

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