All iPads YouTube iOS 9 PiP Integration

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  1. TeeRav19 macrumors member

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    One of the features I was most excited for in iOS 9 was using picture-in-picture with the YouTube app. Is there any announcement/news on this feature and should we be expecting it?
     
  2. yegon macrumors 68020

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    PIP support has been disappointing so far.

    I found myself grumbling that it hasn't appeared in the Infuse Pro app, until I discovered in an Infuse support thread that it's largely down to Apple only allowing Apple supported video formats for PIP - so no mkv etc :(. I REALLY hope they relax that at some point, no way am I going back to the stunted, nay threadbare, functionality of the stock video player, uuurgh. I'd really like to make better use of PIP though.
     
  3. mdridwan47 macrumors 6502

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    Here is the fact. The official YouTube app will NEVER add PIP or multitasking. I knew it since the announcement of WWDC. For obvious reason. Because it'll make youtube a free music streaming app. This will only be available with YouTube RED.

    Better get Protube.
     
  4. yegon macrumors 68020

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    Agreed.

    Lack of YouTube PIP doesn't bother me personally though as YT is an occasional 3 minute diversion for me.

    It's absence from 3rd party video apps due to Apple constraints bugs the hell out of me though, such a great feature rendered utterly useless currently. The stock video app is an utter joke, not to mention what an absolute pita it is using iTunes for management/metadata.
     
  5. nickyD410 macrumors 6502

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    Its not an apple constraint, espn updated the watchespn app wth pip. Its just taking longer for developers to impliment it i guess.
     
  6. yegon macrumors 68020

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  7. VforVelveta macrumors regular

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    This isn't quite right. To use PiP, an app doesn't need to use the built in player, they just need to say that the video in question support being handed off to the PiP.

    As for only using specific formats, my guess is it has to do with there only being hardware decoding for a certain set of video types. If they allowed any video, then I could see some performance issues showing up where you had two apps split screened plus the PiP. Software decoding is fairly intensive and would likely degrade the performance of the other apps on screen.
     
  8. yegon macrumors 68020

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    Makes sense re performance, but most of the files I play in Infuse are mkv's remuxed to mp4 via Subler. These are hardware decoded in the Infuse app.
     
  9. pacorob macrumors 65816

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    I also think it will take a while (or maybe never) that Google's official YouTube would support Picture in picture.
    Their paid Red version (9,99 dollar a month) has the option to run audio in the background and no ads but that is all.

    Two very nice third party YouTube apps are YouPlayer (free, with in-app option) and ProTube for YouTube (2,99 dollar) which both support Picture in Picture, Slide Over and Split View functionality. See also this topic.
     
  10. TeeRav19 thread starter macrumors member

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    Good points about the new YouTube Red subscription - I was not considering this at all. Looks like I'll be switching to ProTube or YouPlayer! Thanks
     

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