Google launches official iPad YouTube app

Google has finally launched a dedicated YouTube app for iPad.

The company launched the first official iOS YouTube app almost three months ago, but iPad support was not part of the package.

iPad support means a fully optimised view, with the sidebar menu and popular videos (complete with preview images and video information) all filling out the main page in landscape mode.

The app also takes advantage of the iPad 3 and iPad 4‘s Retina display. This can be most clearly seen when you go into a video, which occupies about a third of the screen by default, with nine suggested videos occupying a side bar complete with thumbnail image and a line of description. It all looks very sharp indeed.

Another new feature of the iPad (as well as the iPhone) YouTube app is AirPlay support. You can now beam YouTube videos from your iOS device to your Apple TV.

iPhone owners haven’t been completely shunted out of the way with this latest update. If you have an iPhone 5, the YouTube app has now been optimised for the stretched 16:9 screen. Videos will now occupy the full screen in widescreen format.

Google has also made a few minor (but welcome) improvements to the core iOS app. These include the ability to add and remove videos from playlists and follow links from the video descriptions.

Undoubtedly the major addition here is the ability for iPad owners to run their own optimised YouTube app. They’ve been without the ability since the release of iOS 6 on September 19, when Apple removed its own YouTube app from the operating system.

Head on over to the App Store now to download the official iOS YouTube app.

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