The feature of picture-in-picture is not new to iPhone users since it became available on iOS and iOS 14 recently. However, Android users got the advantage of the feature because unlike Apple users, they can navigate it on Youtube.
Apple consumers can’t utilize the picture-in-picture function to watch videos on YouTube and navigate other apps at the same time. Although, you can cross your fingers for now as change is coming for iOS users.
Recently, there are reports on twitter saying that YouTube might be rolling out the picture-in-picture function on iOS. The tweets say that some users are able to experience the feature in the updated YouTube app on their iPhones. 9to5Mac confirmed that the tweet reports are legit and that YouTube is really testing it to a small group of users.
Picture in Picture working on iPadOS with the YouTube app.— Daniel Yount (@dyountmusic) August 27, 2020
(But only worked with this live stream, there must be some codec trickery happening behind the scenes for certain playback scenarios). pic.twitter.com/75vG7Ai4ln
Picture-in-picture lets the user watch their favorite YouTube series while texting their friends or browsing Facebook. In short, it will allow you to do multitasking on your smartphones and keep both windows working.
However, don’t celebrate yet as it is reported that the picture-in-picture is limited for those who can afford to subscribe to YouTube Premium, which costs $15.99 on iOS. It is because iOS users can only access video playback on its background if they are using the paid YouTube.
If you’re wondering why YouTube Premium costs $15.99 on iOS when it is originally $11.99 in the U.S., it’s because of the 30% charge for every in-app purchase in App Store. The fee that builds up ruckus between Apple and several developers such as Epic, which owns Fortnite that has been unavailable for downloads in the Store.
If you’re an iOS user and also an avid fan of Fortnite, we are sorry for your loss. However, you can spend at least $10,000 for a used iPhone with a pre-installed app on eBay if you want or switch for Android phones. Most of the Android users can still download Fortnite on Android phones on Fortnite’s website.