YouTube is now allowing iOS users to continue watching videos as they perform other tasks.
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New features come to YouTube app on the iPad
The app was updated on Tuesday, allowing users to increase productivity by making their iPad Pro more like a desktop. Slide Over lets users pull up a “tray” on the right hand side of their screen to work on a quick task without having to exit the app they are already in. One possible use is to use Notes while still watching a video in the YouTube app.
Split View further increases productivity by letting users have two apps open at once. You can write emails or look at Facebook while you’re watching YouTube videos.
When iOS 9 was released in September for the iPad it was the first time that these multitasking features had been seen. Another new feature, Picture in Picture, was also added.
Other apps now need to join the party
The problem is that not all of the most popular apps support the feature. Problems may arise with other apps that do not support Slide Over and Split View.
Picture in Picture lets you watch a thumbnail video while navigating to the iPad home screen or running an app. YouTube does not support that that feature. Home tabs will also be available in the navigation bar when your iPad is in landscape mode.
Users of any model of iPad will be able to use Slide Over, but only those with the iPad Pro, Air 2 and Mini 4 will be able to use Split View. The YouTube app is free to download on the iPad.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro was released during a press event on Monday. Apple says that it offers the lowest reflectivity while still being the brightest tablet, which is great for watching videos on the move.
The 32GB iPad Pro will sell for $599, while the 128GB version will set you back $749. The tablets will be released on March 31.