Google has modified its YouTube service in such a way that the app for this service that came pre-installed on the original iPad no longer functions. There is a work-around for this, however.
Back in 2010 when this device was first released, Google and Apple closely collaborated, to the point where many Google services came pre-installed on the iPad and iPhone, including a YouTube app. This meant that the only way to update this app was to upgrade the operating system. Five years later, Apple has stopped released new OS versions for the original iPad, so this app can longer be updated to keep up with modifications to the video-streaming service, including some changes to the YouTube Data API that were implemented this week.
Any iPad running iOS 7 or higher isn’t affected by this problem, and even the second-generation iPad and the original iPad mini can be upgraded all the way to iOS 8.3. This means that only users of Apple’s original tablet are in a bind.
Keep Accessing YouTube
Users of the first-generation iPad don’t have the option of going to the Apple App Store and downloading a new version of YouTube, as there isn’t one compatible with this older device because it is still running, at best, iOS 6.
However, iPad 1 users can go to m.youtube.com with the built-in Safari web browser to continue accessing YouTube. While not as user-friendly as the app, it’s completely functional.
This isn’t a temporary problem that Google or Apple are working to fix. The YouTube app on the iPad 1 isn’t ever going to work again.