Official YouTube app now supports iPhone 5, iPad and Airplay

Official YouTube app now supports iPhone 5, iPad and Airplay

Google is on a roll today; this morning, they updated Gmail for iPhone and iPad and now YouTube has been updated with optimization for the iPad and iPhone 5, AirPlay support, and more. All three of these have been huge user requests, so this is great news.

The iPad version of YouTube has a similar feel to the iPhone version and is very polished and smooth. On the left, there is a sidebar that gives quick access to your profile settings, subscriptions, and YouTube categories. For each video, you can see a list of other suggested videos, get the video info, and leave and view comments.

In addition to optimization for the iPhone 5 and iPad, YouTube now support AirPlay so that you can seamless stream videos to your Apple TV or other AirPlay supported devices. Some other new features include the ability to open your Guide of channels by tapping the YouTube logo and add and remove videos from your playlists. Links included in video descriptions are now also clickable and accessibility with VoiceOver has been improved.

I am very pleased with this update and happy with the Google team to release two great updates, today. My favorite feature of the YouTube is iPad support, as I've been waiting for this for a very long time. If I'm going to sit back and actually browse through YouTube and search for videos, it's going to be with my iPad, not my iPhone.

What about you? Are you happy with the update? Why or why not?

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rdstryr says:

is there an option for HD quality? I don't plan on downloading again until there is and its confirmed.

XenIneX says:

Looks like it's pushing about 720p on my iPad 3.

Vanti says:

No i think he is referring to the option to toggle the quality, like how you can pick your resolution on the youtube website.

JPiLLa says:

Just tried it out and I'm very pleased. Long overdue!

parabel says:

So far I've used "Jasmine" on the iPad and liked it a lot, and (in reply to rdstryr) it lets you set HD quality as a standard in the playback settings. Can't wait to compare the two apps though.

j2eng says:

ipad mini as well???

FLskydiver says:

Why not? It's an iPad after all.

dawggg63 says:

Yes, but it shows up a little smaller on your TV :-/

j2eng says:

thanks bro, 2days back still not available, i dont mind smaller, as long as portable

dawggg63 says:

just kidding, man... it doesn't matter if it is an iPad or a mini... it will show up the same in AirPlay.

j2eng says:

oh u mean airplay? i dont use airplay, i jz wanna youtube apps,, haha cheers bro

Vanti says:

I think we will all have to continue to wait for that one.... I dont even think its googles end thats problem. Apple may just be taking a long time to process it.... and if you think of what this could do to ios the results would be disastrous....

Dionte says:

But why, there are so many other map apps in the store.

Tre says:

Awesome news, I was holding out on updating my iPad3 (Siri, here I come!). I'll still hold out on updating my iPhone 4 until google maps gets re-released.

mobilecaedirect says:

I am pleased with the new YouTube app. It's easier to watch YouTube videos using AirPlay controlling & selecting videos on my iPad versus using the Apple TV remote.