By Jonathan Charles | Sep 11, 2012 01:47 PM EDT
Google-owned YouTube recently pulled the YouTube app for iOS 6 due to the end of an agreement between it and Apple. Google promised that a new app was in development, and the company has delivered on that promise.
The app uses the same interface as Google Plus with a slide-out bar on the left-hand side showing information like accounts and subscribers. voice search and new sharing options integrated with Google Plus are also available. Users can also tap an arrow to auto-fill searches.
However, The Verge reports that videos are not cached over Wi-Fi because it is not a feature supported "fully" by iOS, unlike Android
Comments can be dragged up while watching a video, rather than watching the video and then seeing the comments below, like in the previous version of iOS. The Android version of YouTube allows users to watch videos vertically while scrolling through comments, or horizontally in full screen.
The previous app was based on the design used in Apple's apps and seemed less functional than the Android app. Videos and comments were viewed exclusively and it lacked support for top-rated comments and comment threads. Scrolling through comments and having no indication of the timeline of comments, which could be a little frustrating.
The app is available now, for free, on iOS. It supports iOS 6, though it is a standalone app which must be downloaded from the App Store.
Apple is expected to release iOS 6 shortly after the expected unveiling of the iPhone 5 on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
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