YouTube 1.3 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)YouTube 1.3 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

I’m loving Google’s native YouTube iOS app a lot although it’s lacking in some key areas.

Specifically, I’ve come to appreciate its sleek user interface, especially on the iPad, along with social sharing, the ability to browse my individual subscriptions, AirPlay playback and other capabilities.

Today, the Internet giant pushed another update and it’s kind of a big deal.

For the first time, the software is able to access Live Streams and that’s huge because I can now watch those live events and news conferences on my iPhone or iPad as they happen. But that’s not all. Read on for more…

UPDATE: YouTube version 1.3 apparently crashes for jailbreakers who have YourTube or ProTube installed, so you may want to steer away from today’s update. Alternatively, you can uninstall those tweaks until they are updated to support the latest version of the YouTube app.

So, you can now queue up videos to play on your television, which requires pairing the app with a YouTube-enabled TV screen. Google provides handy instructions on how to do that in a support document here. Though available on Android for some time, this ability has been enabled with a February update to YouTube’s iOS client.

YouTube version 1.3 also includes stability and performance improvements and One Channel branding for video creator channels. This is what it looks on an iPad.

YouTube 1.3 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

Last, but not the least, the software lets you quickly browse through all of the new uploads from your subscriptions. This is the missing feature I’ve been looking forward to for a long time.

As a heavy YouTube user who is subscribed to dozens of channels, I was frustrated having to browse individual channels to see what’s new. From now on, I can just visit the My Subscriptions feed on the Guide to browser just the latest uploads, which is going to save me a ton of time.

YouTube, as always, is free to download from the App Store.

  • MrShutEmDown

    Still no Google Now though..

  • Paul Flahan

    My YouTube app crashes every time now on my Jailbroken iPhone 5 and iPad 3.

    • If you have YourTube tweak installed the YouTube app will keep crashing. Remove the tweak and the app will work just fine. Wait until the developer update the tweak.

      • Ahmed Bana

        Damn. I should’ve visited this site first before updating the youtube app. Yourtube tweak was awesome. I’m gonna miss it. Hopefully they update the tweak soon.

      • That’s what I did and it works fine.

      • Adam Bowman

        I think it’s fixed now. The YourTube tweak just released an update.

      • Whatreally

        Can you confirm that it’s been fixed?

      • Adam Bowman

        Yeah… At least it’s totally working fine for me.

      • Yeah it’s totally fixed and works fine.

  • the update cause to immidiatly crash when open the app. DONT UPDATE!

  • It broke the the pro tube extension I was using for this app… hope an update comes soon.

    • Al

      Yeah, I had to disable the tweak as well.. I’m awaiting for the update, hopefully it won’t be too long..

  • hmm.. mine works fine.

  • riyadian1

    mine works fine.

  • Been able to see updates from subs for months….
    Just go to settings and change ‘home feed’ to updates only..
    So only thing new is the live thing

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      Still no HD Quality over 3G, 4G, LTE, Etc WHY?

  • Lame! My YourTube tweak was the reason the YouTube app wasn’t working… I hope they update the tweak soon.

  • Tim smith

    Not updating because of protube.need my ad free videos

  • I honestly can’t think of a more horrible app in the iOS library. McTube pro or ProTube are such better alternatives.

  • abbyruleover

    Nice! Coachella weekend 2 live stream 🙂

    • Resonr

      If u want still protube just unistall youtube and dowload it from vshare! And dont update it!!

  • Can you queue up videos on AirPlay? I forwent the “Smart TV” and just bought myself an ATV3 – I’m not impressed with “smart TV’s” right now. I stopped using the YouTube official app because my feed was clogged with suggestions and crap that I did not care about – with no way to filter out the junk. This update may bring me back from Jasmine – maybe.

    What we also need to see is an update to the ATV YouTube app which is just terrible! And when the heck are we going to get an AppStore on our ATV’s?!

  • DO NOT INSTALL if you use ProTube or YourTube. Wait until those tweaks are updated, as the new update breaks them.

  • Protube Dont work

  • Now Yourtube doesn’t work because the youtube app crashes, waah.

  • ghulamsameer

    Also, it looks like the update has improved the video quality of videos over a data connection.

  • Protube Extension is “probably” making it crash, because that’s what happening to me, so hopefully the developer updates it and makes it compatible. Or something else is causing it.

  • they still down res videos over cell data, right? that’s the only reason i use third-party youtube apps.
    Although would something like 3gunrestrictor help?

  • Anon2484

    If you have updated your youtube app and have yet to sync with iTunes..delete the youtube on your phone, and then drag the one from itunes over to your phone.