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STATES CHRONICLE – YouTube comes with great news for iOS users, as their version of the app has received a long-awaited update. Until now, users had to watch vertical videos with the unaesthetic black bars on the side. Now, the app is up-to-date, allowing users to watch these videos properly when entering the full screen mode.
The iOS version of YouTube didn’t display vertical videos properly
Whenever iOS users entered YouTube and wanted to watch a vertical video, things got less pleasant as soon as they opted for full screen display. The black bars were present and, if users wanted them gone, they had to tilt the device on one side or another to view the video properly. Therefore, YouTube decided it was time to change.
At first, they announced such a feature in August, and it took them several months to turn it into a real one. The feature has been available on Android phones for two years, so the company thought it was time to offer it to iOS users as well. However, there might be one slight problem.
YouTube needed to adopt the changes and suit the modern times
Some videos were especially recorded for this non-vertical display, meaning that they have the black bars encoded in them. This means that, even if the app will now allow vertical videos, the bars will remain visible. However, the update remains a huge achievement for YouTube.
This feature was popularized by Instagram and Snapchat, which promoted vertical videos and got users used to it. Therefore, YouTube had to adapt, and make sure people get what they expect from the video app. Also, given its popularity and the broad type of content it offers, it was necessary for it to be suitable for these modern times.
Bye bye, black bars. 👋
Now the YouTube player on iOS will automatically adapt to the shape of the video you’re viewing! pic.twitter.com/4jzJ6nPj4G
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) December 19, 2017
Image Source: Max Pixel