Redesigned YouTube App for iOS Briefly Appears for Some Users

MacRumors has received multiple tips from users that claim a redesigned version of YouTube for iOS briefly appeared on iPhone last week before reverting back to the current design. One tipster sent us a gallery of screenshots showing off the possible redesign, which is speculated to be in the works for both iOS and Android alongside a new web-based video player that is currently in testing.

YouTube for iOS Redesign
While we cannot verify the authenticity of these photos, and were unable to witness the redesigned version of YouTube firsthand, the possible redesign appears consistent with the appearance of other Material Design apps on iOS and Android. Specifically, the screenshots show that the app will gain a cleaner look, red header and new bottom menu with options for home, trending videos, all videos and user profiles.

YouTube Desktop Redesign
The unofficial Google Operating System blog reported over the weekend that YouTube is also testing a new HTML5 desktop video player for Mac and PC with a transparent control bar that automatically hides until you hover over it. It would seem logical that an updated version of YouTube for iOS and Android may also be in development at Google, although an exact timeframe for a release date remains unknown.



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16 months ago
we are in the era of developers ****ing apps up so bad the user experience is crud and the look is horrific. Who got hired and who got fired?
Rating: 10 Votes
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16 months ago
I hate the official youtube app.

You can't play it in the background or when the device screen is off and every time I try to load YouTube in Safari for those features, it opens the official app without fail. I always end up deleting it.
Rating: 9 Votes
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16 months ago
I had it too, and really hated it.
Rating: 3 Votes
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16 months ago
They need to do SOMETHING.

The current weird gesture system is confusing and non-functional. You can't even go Back and Forward through your recent views.

And if you leave the (current) app, it almost never resumes where you were.
Rating: 2 Votes
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16 months ago
I had this.

I hated it.
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16 months ago

I hate the official youtube app.

You can't play it in the background or when the device screen is off and every time I try to load YouTube in Safari for those features, it opens the official app without fail. I always end up deleting it.


The fact that it can't play in the background is intentional. The younger generation started to use YT as a free music player and Google decided to put an end to that.
Rating: 2 Votes
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16 months ago

They need to do SOMETHING.

The current weird gesture system is confusing and non-functional. You can't even go Back and Forward through your recent views.

And if you leave the (current) app, it almost never resumes where you were.


true its absolutely pathetic. i pray when i open links in safari it dosent open the app because you cant go back and forward

in addition to the fact that airplay dosent seem to work for from the youtube app. am i alone there?
Rating: 2 Votes
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16 months ago

I hate the official youtube app.

You can't play it in the background or when the device screen is off and every time I try to load YouTube in Safari for those features, it opens the official app without fail. I always end up deleting it.


A video app requiring you to have the video playing. How absurd.
Rating: 1 Votes
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16 months ago

Anyone know if they finally flattened the icon?


It still looks the same to me. I miss the iOS 5 Apple YouTube app :(
Rating: 1 Votes
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16 months ago
I hate the freking youtube app. Theres no back button which drives me crazy and the fact that every time I skip in a video it gets an error is so annoying. Why can't I play youtube in the background when the app is shut??

The iOS 5 Apple youtube app was so much better albeit a bit basic.
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