Google's YouTube iOS app now available for iPad, adds iPhone 5 and AirPlay support

With iOS 6, Apple had dropped the preinstalled YouTube app that came with iPhone, iPods and iPads. While Google had released a standalone app for iPhone in September itself, the app lacked support for iPhone 5 and the iPad. Google has recently updated the app and added support for iPhone 5 and iPad. This update has come right after the Gmail for iOS overhaul last week.

Due to the lack of a proper dedicated YouTube app for the iPad, users were forced to download various third party apps to access YouTube. Another alternative was the YouTube web app, accessible via Safari, but it had serious limitations. The new app has support for retina display, and also the iPhone 5’s 4 inch display, which is a relief because it eliminates the black bars which used to show up when a video was being watched in landscape mode.


Apart from that, this update adds support for Apple’s AirPlay. AirPlay will allow users to wirelessly stream content on their big TV screens. The iTunes change log for this app reads:


What's New in Version

  • Optimized for iPad and iPhone 5
  • Stream videos with AirPlay
  • Tap logo to open your Guide of channels
  • Add and remove videos from your playlists
  • Clickable links in video descriptions
  • Improved accessibility with VoiceOver
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