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.tinywhale.net 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 t.co 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.