YouTube’s Picture-in-Picture Still in the Works

Image: MacRumors

Last year in June, we reported that YouTube will be rolling out the Picture-in-Picture feature for its iOS app. However, with several delays, YouTube has extended its testing period for this feature until February 14 for all YouTube Premium subscribers.

iOS 14 introduced Picture-in-Picture on iPhone that would allow users to watch videos and multitask through other apps. The video will appear as a floating resizable window. At this point, you would need to sign up for YouTube Premium for $11.99/month. This plan also includes watching videos ad-free, downloading videos, and background video playback.

Although we don’t have a solid date on when that feature will arrive to the rest of the iOS users, Google has shared with MacRumors that it is “still planning to launch PiP for all users without a paid subscription in the US.”

We’re still planning to launch PiP for all users without a YouTube Premium subscription in the US. We have no other updates to share at this time. In the meantime, we’ve also extended our experiment of PiP on youtube.com/new for our Premium users on iOS as we continue to test and improve the experience before launch.

With such a long delay, would you find yourself using Picture-in-Picture often even if you’re using the iPhone’s small screen? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us at @Appleosophy.

Nick Soong
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