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Google’s native YouTube application for the iPhone and iPad has just been updated with some much-needed enhancements to the commenting system and more. For starters, it is now finally possible to reply to other people’s comments and delete your own comments right within the app.

Previously, you had to visit the YouTube interface on the web to remove unwanted comments so that’s a nice little time saver right there. This edition of YouTube includes a few other timely enhancements and useful interface refinements, all listed and illustrated right after the break.

The update is now live in the App Store

As you can tell from the before vs. after screenshot above, Google has streamlined the Now Playing interface by moving the play/pause controls on the video itself.

Now you can just tap the video to pause playback, as opposed to bothering to hit the tiny play/pause icon underneath the video. I used to repeatedly miss the icon on my iPhone, which was quite frustrating, so I’m happy they’ve addressed this glaring omission.

And note how they moved the sharing controls from the bottom of the interface to the upper right corner of the video section. This is also where you’ll find the plus sign to add the currently played video to a playlist.

To reply to someone else’s comment, you just tap on it and choose Reply from the pop-up menu. It’s handy that you can now see if a comment was shared privately or publicly.

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The same goes for deleting your own comment: just tap on it and hit Delete from the pop-up menu.

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Another handy time-saver: your favorite playlists are now readily available from the Guide in the side menu. Depicted below: my own favorite playlists in the side menu.

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The improved Guide menu with shortcuts to your playlist has recently been added to the YouTube interface on the web, too. Speaking of playlists, the updated application now makes it possible to share and like both your own and other people’s playlists.

Just access a playlist in the app and tap the thumbs-up icon to like it or the share icon to share it with your friends on Google+, Twitter, Facebook or via SMS/iMessage and Email (also: copy the playlists URL to system clipboard).

Previously, you could only share individual videos.

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Note: you’ll need to log in to YouTube again after applying this update, but that shouldn’t be a problem thanks to Google’s Single Sign-On feature that keeps your Google Account credentials stored across Google apps on multiple devices, as depicted below.

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Download YouTube free in the App Store.

The 13.6MB download supports the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices natively and requires iOS 6.0 or later.

  • Falco

    still no background audio?…

    • Nope

    • Cept

      Background Audio was removed on purpose. What makes you think they would put it back?

      • Jeremy

        If you’re jailbroken there’s a tweak called YouTubed that enables the background audio again 🙂

      • Sid Walker

        wish anyone would jailbreak a old version of youtube

      • Falco

        Didn’t know that. But why? Whats wrong with background audio?

    • Jeremy

      If you’re jailbroken there’s a tweak called YouTubed that enables the background audio again

    • Jeremy

      There’s a tweak called YouTubed that enables you to do that again.

    • Anthony Antunez

      This is because Apple told them to remove it, its not coming back dude.

      • Falco

        But why? 🙁

      • Anthony Antunez

        Because people used the feature as a way to listen to free music, something Apple doesn’t like because they want you to buy music in the iTunes Store.

    • Jared Steffen

      Yes sorta start the video in YouTube close the app then use control center press play i use to do it but I’m guessing it still should work

    • Franklin Richards

      Give MXTube a try. Background audio, downloadable videos and a cleaner UI. Also you can view all your subscriptions. Because if you have too many, on the orginal youtube app it seems to crop off after a certain number of subscriptions.

    • siddique

      open youtube from safari then u willget background feature…:D

  • Sigh

    Been stuck on YouTube 2. something for a while now because Protube Extension still hasnt been updated…

    • Al

      I doubt the extension ever gets updated…

      He had mention he fixed the extension and an update is on the way, now there’s this update.

      I just use Adblock to block the ads, and if I cared to download a video there’s Safari Downloader+ . I’ve basically given up on the extension.

  • Alan

    Still rocking the ios 6 version

  • Matt

    Oh good — my FLEX patch still works

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    Can you play HD Quality over Celluar Data.

    • ConduciveMammal

      You can if you’re jailbroken 🙂

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        Thank you, I knew that already. I was just hoping Google gots its act together with there YouTube App on iOS.

  • Matt

    Why did they have to change the place of the play/pause button.
    Now I’m like an idiot trying to touch the play button in the left bottom corner – but it’s not there.

  • JRaynor

    looks like its so hard for google to make the icon “flat” by removing that jaku style at the bottom of the icon

    • Straw hat

      I dont get why people even use this app. It’s so shitty now, just use this app called Mctube or Mxtube from the appstore.

  • Tamahome5555

    Seriously google remove that big button when I’m scrubbing the time bar. Just wish it’s double tap to pause and play instead at the centre of button.

  • Mike Everton

    is anyone else getting an annoying white dot at the corner of every video?

  • drewjbx

    since updating youtube and facebook… intelliscreenX causes iphone to boot into safe mode everytime. Removing intelliscreenX obvisiouly fixes this. I just updated intelliscreen as well. Anyone else having this problem?

  • Sid Walker

    fail just like the normal comment system