YouTube begins testing picture-in-picture (PiP) mode
Few iOS users share being able to see YouTube’s test of a native YouTube picture-in-picture (PiP) feature, in the latest versions of the YouTube app.
YouTube users on iOS can continue accessing the home screen or using any other app while they watch a video in a smaller window, once they have enabled the picture-in-picture (PiP) mode.
9to5Mac has also confirmed the tests being conducted with a small group of users. According to their report, the feature is only limited to YouTube Premium users, the paid version of YouTube.
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The addition would be useful in several use cases, for instance, YouTube is also used for listening to music, and a user can continue using other apps while continuing to do that on YouTube. But, it would also distort the video-watching experience on the platform.
The reason why YouTube doesn’t allow videos to play on a locked screen and keep the audio running, and probably why they hadn’t introduced PiP until now is, it is fundamentally a video platform, and adding the features mentioned hitherto can change that.
YouTube Premium is ad-free, but if PiP is introduced in the main app, it would also mean reduced or no attention to all ads.