American online video sharing and social media platform YouTube has finally decided to introduce a new mode called ‘Picture-in-Picture’ for its iOS users who use iPads and iPhones. As of now, the feature will only be available to users who have a YouTube Premium subscription, but for users in the United States, the feature will be available to everyone, regardless of subscription status.
It is to be noted that this mode is already available on the Android devices and now with this announcement users on iOS will also be able to get this feature on the YouTube iOS application as well. It is also being reported that many users have started getting the update on their YouTube iOS application.
Basically, this feature provides the users with a small mini player window on the topmost right hand side of their screen when they want to return back to the home-screen. This enables them to continue viewing the current video that they are on but at the same time enables them to browse, search or surf for other data and apps hence enabling the process of multitasking in simpler words.
The small window also has overlaid features like the play and pause button, the close button etc. Additionally, users can also drag the mini player as per their comfort to any area of the screen and they can even resize the small window using the pinch touch gesture as well.
In an official statement, the video streaming platform said, “Picture-in-Picture allows users to watch YouTube videos in a small mini player while simultaneously browsing outside of the YouTube app on their mobile device. We’re starting to roll out Picture-in-Picture for YouTube Premium members on iOS and plan to launch Picture-in-Picture for all US iOS users as well,” giving an insight about the company’s plan.