YouTube fans who don't upgrade your iOS device to the latest version, relax: the company plans to continue supporting the old iPhone app indefinitely, CNET has confirmed.
A spokesperson said the TV-cabinet YouTube app that has been a part of iOS from the beginning will continue to function on the older devices, even as it disappears as a pre-installed app in iOS 6. Users can continue browsing the selection of videos inside the old app, which are free of advertising.
It may not seem like much of a surprise that YouTube will continue supporting the old app, and it's possible that support was included in Apple and Google's original agreement. (Neither company will discuss details of the partnership.)
But it's notable in that YouTube executives have talked openly about chafing under the partnership's restrictions, which resulted in a more limited selection of videos inside the app than they would have liked and prevented them from shipping updated versions with expanded features. It also does not emphasize getting users to subscribe to... [Read more]