YouTube coming to iPhone on June 29; live on Apple TV today (with first look)

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 iPhone’s stunning 3.5 inch display.

iPhone has a special YouTube player that you can launch right from the home screen. So now you can access and browse YouTube videos wherever you go. And when you find a video you want to send your friends, iPhone can even create an email with the link in it for you.

In addition, Apple announced that YouTube is now live on Apple TV. 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, in the press release. “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.

YouTube coming to Apple iPhone:

(So, how do you like YouTube’s new Mac OS X Dock-inspired rollover animation?)

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.

iPhone will include the built-in Apple-designed YouTube application when it is available in the US on June 29, 2007 in a 4GB model for US$499 and an 8GB model for $599. iPhone will be sold in the US through Apple’s retail and online stores, and through AT&T’s retail stores.

Apple TV users can download the free software update using Apple TV’s built-in software update feature.
Well, there’s at least one iPhone “missing app” present and accounted for! One would imagine that Uncle Fester really hates Google today. Hey, IT guy responsible for trying to keep Ballmer’s Vista PC running (the poor bastard’s always in Baldmore’s office), DUCK, INCOMING CHAIR!

MacDailyNews Note: We downloaded and installed the Apple TV software update which went smoothly – albeit with many flashing white apple logos. White Apple logo, black screen, Apple logo, black screen – for about 3 minutes. After updating Apple TV, we sucessfully logged into a YouTube account, searched videos using the Apple Remote and onscreen keyboard, even rated a video from Apple TV. Very interesting and also, we imagine, potentially addictive. The video quality in general is as one would expect from YouTube and the amount of videos currently available pales to the number available via YouTube online, but the experience is surprisingly fun and the videos are more “watchable” than you’d think.

48 Comments

  1. Cool. I use YouTube to find bootlegs of concert footage of my favorite bands all the time. Now I don’t have to rip them to ATV format, plus better quality! This is a huge win for me at least.

  2. @Crabapple,

    “Only Mac owners and iphone owners will be able to access the enhanced video’s. Pc Safari people will not be able to access the new .H264 codec! weep! wail! and gnash your teeth to the gums!!!”

    Actually, since quicktime plays in Windows, wouldn’t windows users be able to use H264 in Windows quicktime??

    And if so, this would be cool. Microsoft has tried to kill Quicktime for some time and now you can get great video on a PC but only by using Apple software. OUCH, look out for flying chairs. — Theres another one. !!! LOL

    en

  3. People should have bought 6 shares of Apple back when the iPhone was announced in January, (about $80 back then, right?) for around $500 or the price of the 4Gig iPhone. Then, they could take the money earned to lower their final cost of purchase. I mean, that’s worth $750 right now, right, right? A gross profit of $250, pretax. Every little bit helps.

  4. I want to see a YouTube ‘app’ for the desktop Mac OS X. I always find dedicated apps to be far more elegant to use for that type of content.

    Think: separate iTunes vs. web-based download services, separate Mail app vs. webmail…

    Or, just an added YouTube ‘channel’ to iTunes.

  5. The iPhone doesn’t support Flash, but does support H.264, so that’s why YouTube is converting everything over to the (vastly superior) H.264 format. Any Mac or PC with QuickTime 7 installed will be able to access the H.264 videos as well.

  6. They must have a war room at Apple. Does anyone else think they have a war room? A dimly-lit circular room, with men carrying pointer sticks, and a big board, as in Dr. Strangelove. It would be run with military-like efficiency. In this room, brilliant, authorized minds assemble to do nothing but plot strategic moves towards the goal of long-term stability and ultimate dominance, leaving day-to-day technical concerns behind. Gambits, moves and counter-moves are all thought out multiple steps in advance. Current battles are discussed, and future battles are predicted. Threats and weaknesses in enemies are analysed to the finest detail. Experts from around the world are brought in. Everyone is on call, 24/7. For, it is war.

    And I’ll bet a lot of you people thought they chose those iPod nano colors because they looked good….

  7. Also note that the iPhone YouTube app displays JUST the movie info. No ads or the other stuff all over the web page. Just clean content selection. That’s a big deal when you consider that YouTube makes it’s revenue off the ads it sells. Google has given Apple and iPhone users it’s content for free. I wonder how YouTube’s advertisers will react to this news.

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