YouTube website re-enables iOS 14 picture-in-picture compatibility [u]

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in iOS edited October 2020
YouTube on Thursday restored compatibility with Apple's iOS 14 picture-in-picture feature, allowing all users to view minimized content from a mobile browser.

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Earlier this month, the Google streaming video unit restricted PiP functionality to YouTube Premium subscribers.

The YouTube app does not yet support the feature on iOS, but the service's website proved a useful workaround until roughly two weeks ago. With PiP still functional for Premium users and on YouTube content embedded in third-party webpages, it was thought that the company had actively updated code on its mobile site to block free access to the iOS 14 feature. Such a move would be warranted as PiP essentially enables background audio, a popular Premium-only feature.

As noted by MacRumors, however, it appears that compatibility has returned.

Whether the change is permanent remains unclear, but for now all users -- both Premium subscribers and those with free accounts -- can view PiP content through Safari.

Apple introduced PiP video viewing to iPhone for the first time with iOS 14. Borrowed from iPadOS, the feature allows users to shrink down and float video content windows, FaceTime calls and more over other apps. PiP windows can also be minimized to the side of the screen for audio only playback.

Update, Oct. 6, 2020: YouTube has seemingly reverted its web code to disable PiP streaming on iOS 14.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 4
    Not working for me. 
  • Reply 2 of 4
    amclizamcliz Posts: 56member
    what about the 4k compatibility issue... any update on that ? anyone ?
  • Reply 3 of 4
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,509member
    According to a few other sources along with the clarification at the end of AI's report, it wasn't Google's issue to begin with. It was restored thanks to the latest iOS 14.0.1 update which would imply it was also removed (by accident) with the previous iOS version. 
    Apparently not something Google did just to be mean dn greedy to Apple folks  :)

    BTW the YouTube Premium pricing is another example of how a 30% cut for Apple effects it. Google charges
     $11.99/mo month here in the US, but if you subscribe through Apple's App Store it will cost you $15.99/mo. Is it becoming more prevalent for different app price tiers depending on where you subscribe? Seems like it.
    edited October 2020 muthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 4 of 4
    EsquireCatsEsquireCats Posts: 1,251member
    gatorguy said:
    According to a few other sources along with the clarification at the end of AI's report, it wasn't Google's issue to begin with. It was restored thanks to the latest iOS 14.0.1 update which would imply it was also removed (by accident) with the previous iOS version. 
    Apparently not something Google did just to be mean dn greedy to Apple folks  :)

    BTW the YouTube Premium pricing is another example of how a 30% cut for Apple effects it. Google charges $11.99/mo month here in the US, but if you subscribe through Apple's App Store it will cost you $15.99/mo. Is it becoming more prevalent for different app price tiers depending on where you subscribe? Seems like it.
    Sounds interesting - could you elaborate how PIP went from working to disabled in both 14.0 and then the same in 14.0.1, because both lend to changes at YouTube, not iOS 


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