YouTube Begins Testing Picture-in-Picture Feature For iPadOS 14
Apple has offered picture-in-picture (PiP) support on iPad for a long time but YouTube didn’t support it despite plenty of other video streaming apps doing so. Now, with iOS 14 set to bring picture-in-picture next month it looks like YouTube is beginning to test it out for itself.
As a few people have spotted that YouTube is now offering PiP to some users of its iPad app.
And even then, it only seems to be available on selected videos as well. We haven’t heard about anyone seeing the feature work on iPhones yet, but that could just be because the number of people running iOS 14 betas is relatively small.
What’s unknown right now is whether YouTube will limit PiP to those who pay for its YouTube Premium service. That’s the situation right now with background video playback, allowing people to continue to listen to the audio portion of a video even though they can’t see it.
We’ll no doubt find out more when the feature is officially announced and made available to the wider audience.
Picture in Picture working on iPadOS with the YouTube app.
(But only worked with this live stream, there must be some codec trickery happening behind the scenes for certain playback scenarios). pic.twitter.com/75vG7Ai4ln
As for iOS 14, that’s set to be released to the public in a matter of weeks with developers and public beta testers currently putting it through its paces before then. Hopefully YouTube will get the feature put to bed before iOS 14 arrives.