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No More YouTube App for iPhones Below iOS 7

News by Luke Jones on Wednesday April 22, 2015.

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While the smartphone world operates in an upgrade culture, there are still plenty of people rocking older handsets. This is even true with Apple's iPhone. Sure, the company has huge adoption rates to new builds of its software, but there are still some 100 million iPads and iPhones on less than iOS 7, which means the iPad 1, and everything before the iPhone 4s.

If you are one of those people using an aging iOS device, you probably already know how difficult it can be to download apps that require newer software. YouTube has been different though, and in fact it is a default app on those older Apple devices, but soon that app is going to become next to useless. That's because Google has recently updated the YouTube API to version 3, with any iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad below iOS 7 only capable of running the API version 2.

This is one of the occasions when it pays to be on Google's own Android operating system, as users on that platform are unaffected as the company has merely updated the Google Play YouTube app. The API upgrade has also affected Windows Phone. Microsoft?s platform does not an officially sanctions YouTube app, so users on the OS rely on third party applications. Those apps are now affected by the debut of API version 3, but developers of those third party offerings should be updating in double time.

It's a different story for the older iOS devices though, which cannot download any third party alternatives because of restrictions in the software. Of course, if you are hooked up to the internet on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone you can still access the mobile version of YouTube through Apple?s through your chosen web browser.

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