Apple confirmed in the first week of August that it would no longer be supporting native YouTube app in iOS 6. It added that Google will be developing a standalone app and starting today you can download new YouTube app for iPhone and iPod touch from iTunes App Store. The app is packed with features and is in every way better than the native YouTube app that was developed by Apple.
Apple has made a number of changes in iOS 6. It is worth mentioning that even Google Maps has been removed from iOS 6. Apple has replaced Google Maps, which has been a native app on iOS devices ever since the first iPhone, with its own Maps application that supports 3D Maps as well as other conventional mapping features. It was revealed in August that Apple will be removing native YouTube app from iOS 6 and frankly, it did not come as a shock. Apple has barely made any significant updates to the application and Google’s standalone YouTube app for iOS is going to be a lot better.
Perhaps it was right after all for Apple to discontinue its native YouTube app. Google obviously cares more about the service because it owns YouTube. Apple’s native app was really low on user experience and most users relied on the YouTube web app. An official YouTube app for iPhone and iPod touch from Google can certainly provide amazing user experience which reliving Apple from looking after an app it obviously doesn’t want to keep around. This new YouTube app is quite aesthetically pleasing and happens to be a lot similar to the YouTube for Android official app.
As previously mentioned, the new YouTube app for iOS is packed with features. Users can sign in to their accounts and manage their subscriptions, uploads and playlists. Since this is a Google app, it features predictive search as well as voice based search option. You can access to the entire VEVO music library, which is pretty cool. You can also read and write comments straight from the app itself. Videos can be shared to social networks from within the app and users also get the ability to turn subtitles on or off during any video. The YouTube app for iOS also has adaptive streaming meaning that the quality of video playback is adjusted automatically to the quality of the WiFi or data connection.
You can download new YouTube app for iPhone and iPod touch from the iTunes App Store right now. In pure Google tradition, this app is available free of charge. The native iPad version is yet to come.