Google has updated the YouTube app for iOS and it now brings support for Slide Over and Split View features on the tablet. These are the two primarily multitasking features on the iPad that enable users to use apps in a way that they would multitask on a desktop. The update comes soon after Apple unveiled a new 9.7 inch iPad Pro at its event on March 21st and made no secret of the fact that it wants people to pick it up as a replacement for their Windows PCs.
Split View and Slide Over multitasking features were introduced for the iPad with iOS 9 last year. Slide Over allows users to check an app briefly by sliding it on the screen while Split View enables them to run two apps side-by-side, so it’s possible to view YouTube videos now while checking tweets or emails.
The Slide Over feature is supported on the original iPad Air and all models that came after it but Split View only has support for iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and both of the iPad Pro models. YouTube for iOS doesn’t have support for iOS 9’s picture-in-picture mode so it’s not yet possible to stream videos on the iPad’s home screen.
The updated YouTube for iOS app is now live and available for download via the App Store.