New upcoming tweak brings picture-in-picture video to iOS

By , Aug 4, 2013

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Wouldn’t it be neat to be able to watch video on your iPhone and at the same time compose a new text message? How about updating your Facebook status while catching the highlights from today’s game? Even better, what about watching one of our YouTube videos, while reading iDB?

In the past, that might have all sounded like a pipe dream for iOS users, but jailbreak developer, Ryan Petrich, has paved the way for true multitasking while watching video. His new tweak, entitled VideoPane, is sure to be an extremely popular release for jailbreakers, and we’ve got a hands-on preview video to show you how it all works. Trust us when we say this, you do not want to miss this video…

In case you’re curious, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 was one of the first mainstream phones to make such a feature popular. Its “Popup Play” feature allowed users to multitask while watching video using the device’s native video player, according to Samsung’s website.

Of course, that’s not all when it comes to picture-in-picture video on the iPhone. We’ll have more coverage of the VideoPane’s features in our upcoming full video review. There’s currently no set in stone ETA for release, but it will be soon baring no show stopping bugs, and it will cost $1.99. At under two bucks, that’s certainly well worth the price of admission if you ask me. What say you?

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  • Question

    Nicee but please tell me that u could move it around?

    • Adam Bowman

      Not only do I hope (1) you can move it around, but I also would like it to (2) work with all videos (not just YouTube), and (3) turn the feature on during video play (not just at the beginning of video play).

      Keeping my fingers crossed — because if it does all this, I will purchase the tweak.

    • SimonReidy

      Definitely. That, and the ability to pinch to resize the video window (or if that’s not possible on the fly – have 2 or 3 different preconfigured video window sizes to choose from in settings).

  • Amad

    Ryan petrich does it again.

  • CPVideoMaker101

    It’s quite nice, I wonder if stock android has this. Would be awesome on my nexus 7. Can’t wait to get it on my iPhone 4!

    • R4

      nope, stock android doesnt.
      as far as i know only Samsung and Sony’s flagship devices have it. (S3, Note 2, S4, Xperia Z)

      • CPVideoMaker101

        I meant as an app from the play store, and there is. just not as good ._.

      • Kurt

        Do you know the name of the app?

      • CPVideoMaker101

        Yes, Gplayer.

      • R4

        Yup they’re slow and have a really fugly UI

  • iKa1ser

    And… is this useful?

    • CPVideoMaker101

      I think it’s just to proove that iOS can have useless featrues too. I might like it… but meh. What would be awesome is a unified usic control widget for android. I have 5 different widgets for music controls for different apps ._. Fukin’ Diversity Problems

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      My answer to your question is, I will NOT be getting this. Even if the video can be moved throughout the screen, I for one do not need this nor would I find any reason to make a use out of it in any situation.
      Still, I think it is a good achievement for a tweak, so good job to Ryan. :)

    • iosPixel

      I think so. Imagine browsing iDB with the video previews still playing whilst having the article or another page visible for referance.

  • GuiyeC

    The only useful thing I can see in this video is being able to watch videos without having to go fullscreen, like in the iPad.
    Apart from that I wouldn’t use this ever.

  • David Hvilivitzki

    How about making it into a widget ? and adding an opt to YouTube called “send to widget”

  • batongxue

    As always, thank you Ryan.
    And…
    Ryan, we love you.(Don’t know this song? = =)

  • DrNoOne

    Does this only work with the Youtube app or it’ll work for all video playback (browser embedded video/ streaming apps etc)? If it’s universal I can see some functionality for it, otherwise…

  • mehrab

    This is weird. But this looks better then samsungs one shocker

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    Finally!!

  • mdrglz

    Great, redtube & multitasking;)

  • lemonhead

    Might be quite usefull for tutorials, which u need to follow. Thumbs up.

  • D.

    Personally, this is of no use to me. In saying that, it’s great to see the Jailbreak community coming up with awesome tweaks. Well done Ryan. Your tweak track record is epic.

  • Khoa T Ngo

    Hope that Yourtube or Protube could do the same. Really hate the popup. It should be a “native” integration.

  • seyss

    one of the things that makes me embarrassed against a Galaxy S3/4 is this (video popup), then there are other stuff like bluetooth transfer (obex) and more codecs support (avi/wmv/mkv/divx/xvid)

  • Pankaj Rana

    Thats awesome,, but I WANT “Quasar” both iPhone/iPad versions for iOS6, n in future; for iOS7 too.

  • Hugh Jassol

    Albeit a small viewing window, this would still be great to watch/listen to sports.

    Many times I choose to browse rather than commit to solely watching a baseball game etc. This would give me the option to multitask a little while also peeking in on games.

  • Liam Mulcahy

    facehalt+videopane=awesome iOS

  • Bunna Chea

    apple fan gonna go crazy over the feature and said it the beat design ever even though Samsung was the one designing it

    • RarestName

      One note though: this isn’t from Apple, so the “Apple fan” rule doesn’t apply.

  • Gus Me

    This might come in handy occassionally but I cant see myself using this too much. Especially if it doesn’t have some of the options already asked for before. Doesn’t anyone else think this looks likes Jeff’s attempt at “first”? :D

  • Karim

    It would be nice to see this tweak enabled via FaceTime.

    • Al

      Now! That would be crazy! All I’m concerned is the memory for it… Hopefully it won’t eat too much.

  • Al

    I must say, I’m definitely excited it… Reminds me of MiniPlayer in a certain way.

    Hopefully it doesn’t take much memory, but all and all I’m extremely impressed.

  • http://www.amazingthings.in/ Aakash Doshi

    and another android feature ! iOS users have fun :D

    • n0ahcruz3

      And we will. ;) and i thought that feature was Galaxy X Y Z only. Almost bought a GS3, nice try samsung. Lol

  • credulousgeek

    Cant wait to get my hands on this cool tweak on my iPhone4 Its Nice though!

  • Dri

    It is very funny that when Samsung showed it on their phones people tought that it was useless but now that it has come to ios suddenly it very well.

    I´m an Iphone user my self. cant see the point having this on the phone

  • bolencki13

    Will it be available for iPad too?

  • Osama Muhammed

    It needs dragging + resizing support and a better way to detach without annoying alerts, a side button, activator or something

  • patmack

    I will SO purchase this tweak!

  • Lemerio P.

    This would be more useful on an ipad rather than a small iphone screen to me…

  • n0ahcruz3

    Ryan petrich is hands down the best ios tweak developer in the world. Although this tweak is much more useful on an ipad.

  • Jerwyn Feria

    ohh no. the one thing i hated on SGS3

  • http://WorldstarHipHop.com/ Joshua Jones Makaveli

    Lol they stealin stuff from S3 and S4.

  • Joshua Ventura

    it’s out in Cydia! go get it! it’s pretty sick!