YouTube iOS app running on an iPhone 5. | Source: YouTube
When Google launched the first standalone YouTube for iOS app in September, the effort was largely considered to be a stopgap until the company was able to build a universal version that would work on both the iPad and iPhone, including the then-unreleased iPhone 5.
Until now, iPad users wanting access to YouTube were forced to download third-party apps or use the ubiquitous web video service's web client through Safari. With Tuesday's update, YouTube is now native on all iOS devices, including the Retina display-toting iPad. The app also supports the iPhone 5's 4-inch display, meaning the app no longer has black "handlebars" when viewing videos in landscape mode, a major gripe some had with the original version released before iOS 6.
YouTube homepage as seen on the Retina display iPad.
Along with the new device compatibility, YouTube offers support for Apple's AirPlay, allowing video content to be streamed wirelessly for big-screen viewing via the Apple TV.
From the release notes:
What's New in Version 126.96.36.19936
- 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
YouTube for iOS weighs in at 11.6 MB and can be downloaded for free from the App Store.