Official YouTube App Hits The App Store Ahead Of iOS 6’s Public Debut

Official YouTube App Hits The App Store Ahead Of iOS 6’s Public Debut

We finally have an official YouTube app for iOS.

When Apple releases iOS 6 this week, the built-in YouTube app on your iOS devices will disappear the moment you update your devices. But you won’t miss it, because right on cue, Google has launched its official YouTube app for iPhone, and it’s available to download now.

“The new app is built by YouTube engineers, to give our iPhone and iPod touch users the best mobile experience,” Google boasts.

In addition to access to “tens of thousands more videos,” the app offers a new YouTube channel guide, faster search tools, more ways to share videos with your friends, and lots more.

As noted by MacRumors, the app can play “tens of thousands more videos” because it supports videos with ads. Apple’s built-in YouTube app didn’t, so videos with ads didn’t show. That’s why some of the videos you enjoyed on your computer wouldn’t appear on your iPhone.

Unfortunately, the new app doesn’t yet support the iPad. But Google promises that it’s “working on an optimized version of the YouTube app for iPad in the coming months.”

So what are you waiting for? Go download it!

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  • _mcat

    Not available on the UK store yet :(

  • Billy Dougeneck

    Doesn’t seem available in the USA yet.

  • 5imo

    its just an iPhone version :( the device thats best for YouTube still dosent have a native app. The built in one dosent count as its terrible and has been disabled for ~6 months on my iOS devices

  • copperbum

    or australia..

  • rcrider4

    It has been available for me (USA) for over an hour now at least. It is number 2 on the Top 25 free apps even. I like the more updated design, but I miss the ability to visit the most viewed and top rated sections of the site like you could in the native app and mobile site. Videos load much faster than in the native app though, even on 3g, so that is a plus. Sadly, there is no toggle for HQ/LQ video, so if you are on a slow wifi network, the mobile site will be pretty much mandatory. Also, I am so thankful for more ways to share a link to a video without doing the old “Mail link to video”, copy and paste the link, discard the email, and paste it somewhere else. That was my biggest pet peeve with the old app. But finally, it adds ads to the app, meaning there will be no place left to watch YouTube without ads (except for a computer with AdBlock :P). So in conclusion, great new interface, very fast, but missing a few features from the mobile site that I think they should implement. Also, they need to get their iPad version out.

  • TheMacGuy

    US iTunes Store is down. Not able to download anything. So is iCloud. I edited a Note on my Mac running 10.8, and it just keeps saying “Updating…”. I went to iCloud.com and it loaded the main UI, but when you click on Mail, Contacts, anything, it doesn’t load. Whats going on Apple?

  • RJENK

    Who cares? It’s not available for the iPad yet, and some of us budget-minded folk prefer the WiFi iPad to a “drain your wallet iPhone,” especially in this economy. Give us an iOS 6 ready YouTube app for the iPad, and this will be newsworthy!

  • Cgs101

    They had so much time to prepare this yet it’s still halfbaked! Where’s the inbox?
    All they need to do is turn the mobile version into an app!

  • ClipclockHub

    ClipClock is great for watching, creating, and sharing great videos! Check it out: http://www.clipclock.com/download/4092

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