YouTube Will Roll out iOS users’ Image-in-Image support Beginning with Premium subscribers

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Photo: Martin Bureau (Getty Images) – The first signs you receive on an Android feature are from YouTube Premium users for years.

Ultimately, the YouTube app on iOS receives support for images, allowing users to continue to view videos on their iPhones and iPads in a small Pop up window.

A YouTube speaker said the feature is now first being developed worldwide for YouTube Premium subscribers in a statement to Gizmodo and other outlets on Friday. A bigger launch is apparently in progress for all iOS users in the US, but YouTube has not provided a schedule when free users can expect to access the feature.

Apple supported iPads with iOS 9 and iOS 14 with image-in-image video, although it was a new story to actually use the Youtube app. Some users found creative workarounds on Safari or iOS Shortcuts through the YouTube website. However, updates on the end of YouTube rendered some of the shortcuts outdated unless you paid its Premium service for $12 a month.

With official support from iOS, these headaches will hopefully become a thing of the past and iOS users will soon be able to enjoy the same feature Android users can enjoy for years.

Now, I have no dog in the whole Android vs. iOS fight; as I grow up, my family bought gadgets that are built upon any brand that had better sales, and still has access to real adult cash. But this indifference didn’t stop Apple fanboys from speaking off my ear, especially when I finally got my first smartphone: a Nexus 6 model I saved a lot in 2015 which was already one year old (Yes, I know, I was super late to the game). But hey, even that old thing was supported by the image-in-image.