The YouTube app will soon no longer be available on older models of Apple’s TV box. The video service refers to AirPlay streaming.
YouTube apparently has had its day on older Apple TVs: From the beginning of March, the YouTube app will “no longer be available” on the third generation of Apple TV, according to a message to users. The workaround of bringing the content of the video service via AirPlay from an iOS device to the television via Apple TV remains in place – an iPhone or iPad from iOS 11 is required for this.
The YouTube app can still be used on the current models Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD as well as iPhone and iPad, emphasizes the provider. A reason for leaving the YouTube app on Apple TV 3 has not yet been given. So far, the model is not on the list of apps & devices that are no longer supported by YouTube. YouTube sawed support for the even older Apple TV 2 back in 2015 , when reference was made to the conversion of the programming interface.
The third generation of Apple TVs went on sale in 2012 and has not been sold for several years, but Apple continues to provide software updates – for example, the company’s own TV app was also delivered there in 2019, the most recent update with general Stability and performance improvements appeared last December.
YouTube on Apple hardware has been 4K-free for a long time
In contrast to the newer Apple TV models, there is still no app store on the third generation of the TV box. The apps and TV channels provided by third-party providers are integrated directly into the operating system. The YouTube app had restrictions on new Apple TVs for years – it did not support 4K videos. Only with tvOS 14 and Apple’s support for the Google VP9 codec can Ultra HD content from YouTube be output via the TV box. Apple also wants to bring its TV app to Google TV and Android TV soon .