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YouTube coming to iPhone, live on Apple TV

updated 08:35 am EDT, Wed June 20, 2007

YouTube coming to iPhone

Apple today announced that iPhone users will be able to enjoy YouTube's originally-created content on their iPhones when they begin shipping on June 29. A new Apple-designed application on iPhone will wirelessly stream YouTube's content to iPhone over Wi-Fi or EDGE networks and play it on the iPhone's 3.5-inch display. In addition, Apple announced that YouTube is now live on Apple TV, following its announcement last month. Users can download the free software update using Apple TV's built-in software update feature, and then easily navigate through YouTube's familiar video browsing categories or search for specific videos. YouTube members can also log-in to their YouTube accounts on Apple TV to view and save their favorite videos.

"iPhone delivers the best YouTube mobile experience by far," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Now users can enjoy YouTube wherever they are-on their iPhone, on their Mac or on a widescreen TV in their living room with Apple TV."

To achieve higher video quality and longer battery life on mobile devices, YouTube has begun encoding their videos in the advanced H.264 format, and iPhone will be the first mobile device to use the H.264-encoded videos. Over 10,000 videos will be available on June 29, and YouTube will be adding more each week until their full catalog of videos is available in the H.264 format this fall.

Apple said that the "combination of H.264-encoded videos plus iPhone's built-in Wi-Fi networking, stunning 3.5 inch display, and custom YouTube application with its multi-touch user interface results in the best YouTube experience on any mobile device."

See photos of the Apple TV update

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  1. joe11ee


    Joined: May 2007



    iPhone is a revolutionary new mobile phone that allows you to make a call by simply pointing your finger at a name or number in your address book, a favorites list, or a call log

  1. PookJP

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Jan 2001


    The fabled 12th App


    Also - thanks for that joe11ee. What would we have done without that info?

  1. starwarrior

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    Joined: Mar 2006


    Room for More

    Works great on Apple TV

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: Nov 2006



    Does iPhone make a phone call?

  1. ccrider

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Mar 2001



    ... no but it grates cheese like nobody's biz

  1. GORDYmac

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Dec 1999



    There goes any free time I had...

  1. petsounds

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    no Flash for us

    Well, that pretty much assures me that we won't see Flash on the iPhone. And the reasoning has nothing to do with security or technical limitations. Apple wants to own their platform, top to bottom. They don't want some advanced Flash apps competing with (what I assume will be) future iPhone app offerings from them. Like it or hate it, it's not the internet without Flash. It might even sway my decision to buy one. Apple and Nintendo both share the uncanny ability to take a really amazing idea and cripple it to a 10th of its potential. The stock price is down today too..looks like the analysts agree with my assessment.

    What I don't understand is the stupidity of having YouTube reincode all their Flash videos in H.264. Flash's On2 codec is already very optimized for low-bandwidth streaming. H.264 is not. But it is telling that they mention "wi-fi" support in conjunction with their YouTube app. They know that their cell speeds are just not enough for video streaming via the H.264 codec. Is limiting video access to only wi-fi hotspots *really* a better tradeoff than some decreased battery time?

    This phone is becoming less and less s*** every time Apple says something else about it.

  1. jimothy

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    Joined: Sep 2000


    Internet without Flash

    Most Flash content I see on a daily basis are ads, and I suspect the same is true for most Internet users. YouTube and its ilk are notable exceptions, but if Apple and YouTube worked out a way to deliver the videos without Flash, who's going to know the difference? I'll bet most YouTube visitors have no idea that the video is Flash-based.

  1. Gepard

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    flash is c***

    petsounds you sound like a pet. Flash is c***. It's OK for some animation elements, but it is not a good choice for videos. I have never seen a flash video that is a decent quality. That what H.264 is for.

  1. ZinkDifferent

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    Joined: Jan 2005



    "The stock price is down today too..looks like the analysts agree with my assessment."

    petsounds = idiot!

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