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Watch YouTube pic­ture-in-pic­ture


A great new iPhone email app, and a way to get more from YouTube

£2.29 FROM Tiny Whale Pte, cornertube.tiny­ Made For iPad

One of the best fea­tures of iOS 9 is the abil­ity to play videos in a float­ing, scal­able win­dow while you use other apps.

Called pic­ture-in-pic­ture, it’s only sup­ported on the iPad Pro, iPad Air or later and iPad mini 2 or later, but if you have one of those de­vices, it’s great.

Or at least, it’s great for those apps that sup­port it – by de­fault, that’s FaceTime and any­thing that uses the stan­dard iOS movie player. YouTube, though, doesn’t, so you can’t watch YouTube movies us­ing the fea­ture.

CornerTube solves this, and though it’s not al­ways a fric­tion­less ex­pe­ri­ence, that’s usu­ally the fault of how other apps ex­pose their links.

You can search the YouTube cat­a­logue from inside the app, but you’d more usu­ally copy a link and then launch CornerTube from its Today wid­get, or send a YouTube link to CornerTube us­ing an ac­tion in the stan­dard share sheet. And these work – though any­thing an app does to mask a YouTube link (such as wrap­ping it in a short URL on Twit­ter) can stop it be­ing recog­nised.

It’s not al­ways smooth, but it still does what it prom­ises. If you need the fea­ture rarely, you could wait and hope Google adds it to its YouTube app, but £2 isn’t much to ask if you’re likely to use it lots.

With a cou­ple of taps, you can be watch­ing YouTube videos while you do other things on your iPad.

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