The YouTube app has had a fairly major makeover for both iOS and Android, bringing us to version 2.0 and 5.0.21 respectively.
Looking at the new YouTube icon on the App Store (that’s it on the left), it definitely looks very… iOS 7. Presumably Jony Ive approves.
Actually, this brings to mind the question of whether or not YouTube will appear as a default app in iOS 7 when it rolls out to the public next month.
With the release of iOS 6 last year, Apple ditched both YouTube and Google Maps, though the former was always available to download manually from the App Store.
Anyway! The headline feature in the new YouTube app is the ability to minimise a video and keep it playing in a little window in the bottom right while you continue browsing. You can minimise with a downward swipe, or tap the icon in the top left.
A subsequent swipe up restores the video, or you can swipe right to dismiss it entirely.
In similar gesture-based action, a swipe from left to right brings up a frankly ridiculous number of options under Account, Subscriptions and From YouTube.