Apple pulls YouTube app from 2nd-gen and older Apple TVs

Following up on its original plan to end support for older Apple TVs, iPhones, iPods and iPads due to API changes, YouTube is no longer accessible on second-generation Apple TVs and iOS devices manufactured in 2012 and earlier, as first reported 9to5Mac.x

Apple has been forced to remove the YouTube app from its older Apple TVs because of Google deprecating APIs that were used by certain older Apple devices to access the video streaming service. The changes made to the Data API of YouTube has also led to YouTube to stop working on older Google TV devices, certain Blu-ray players, Sony-branded TVs and a few other devices. On these devices though, the app will continue to exist, though it will simply stop functioning.

If you own a 2nd gen or older Apple TV, there is not much that you can do except for upgrading to the latest version of the device, especially since Apple now sells one for only $69.

The following devices manufactured in 2012 and earlier are affected:
  • Sony TVs and Blu-ray Discs
  • Panasonic TVs and Blu-ray Discs
  • Sony Playstation Vita
  • Older iOS (iOS 5 and earlier) devices
  • Older AppleTV (1st and 2nd gen)
  • Older set-top boxes (ex, DirectTV)
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