With iOS 6, the official YouTube application for the iPhone and iPad has vanished. And while Google released an official YouTube app for the iPhone, users of the Apple’s iPad weren’t so lucky. That is, until December, when Google finally released iPad support for the official YouTube application. There are also some nice alternatives that users can take advantage of as well.
Appel’s iOS 6 update pulled the stock YouTube from iPhone and iPad owners. The app has finally made its return though and it joins a host of alternatives that iPad owners can use to access YouTube content.
Here, we take a look at how to get YouTube back on the iPad in iOS 6.
YouTube on the Web
The first option is rather simple and all it requires is a web browser like Safari or Google Chrome, the latter of which was just updated to support Apple’s new iOS 6.
In the web browser, users can type in www.youtube.com and they will be taken to a web interface that offers a web interface that allows users to not only view YouTube videos, but also manage playlists, subscriptions, videos, messages, and more.
So, while it’s not an official application, it still offers quite a bit of functionality.
YouTube App for iOS
On December 4th, Google updated its YouTube for iOS application with support for both the iPhone 5 and the iPad. This means that owners of the iPad and iPad mini can now download and use the YouTube application like a full-fledged YouTube application. What’s more, it also updated the app with video support for Apple’s AirPlay feature.
The application also brings a host of other features to the table including the ability to tap the logo in order to bring up a Guide of a user’s channels, an option to add and remove videos from Playlists, Clickable links in the descriptions of videos, and improved accessibility with the app’s VoiceOver feature.
This app is free and is likely the one that iPad owners will want to install.
McTube – YouTube Client, Downloader & MP3 for iPad
Another great option for those that aren’t in love with the official YouTube applications is an app called McTube. McTube is a well-done YouTube client that offers both a free and a $1.99 Pro Version which gets rid of the ads and adds the ability to download unlimited videos.
Its full list of features includes:
- Support iPhone 5, iPad Retina
- Cache videos and watch offline
- HD support, up to 1080p
- MP3 Player with background mode
- Search for Videos, Channels, Playlist
- Categories from YouTube
- Filter videos by region
- Rate, share and comment on videos
- Subscription, Playlist, Favourite, Watch Later, History
McTube boasts a four and a half star rating after being reviewed nearly 17,000 times. It’s a viable alternative to the official YouTube application and one that iPad owners will want to take a look at.
Jasmine YouTube Client for iPad
Jasmine YouTube client remains an option for those that don’t wish to use the official version of the YouTube application that can be found on Apple’s App Store. Jasmine is a free application that is currently available to iPad owners.
Jasmine’s interface is extremely simple and easy to use and it allows users to do many of the same things they can do using the web interface or if they were using the official application.
This means that it offers the ability to search and browse videos and it also allows users to manage favorites, playlists and subscriptions. It also features Retina support for the new iPad amongst other features.
The full list includes:
- Smooth and responsive interface
- Night theme & dimming support for browsing in low light
- Full support for managing playlists
- Play audio/playlists in the background while you use other apps
- Remembers your position when returning to long videos
- Parental Controls to curate content and restrict video discovery (PRO)
- Browse and discover channels
- Post comments and replies
- Aggressive filtering for comment spam and channel promotions
- Supports AirPlay
- Share videos via Twitter & Facebook
AirPlay support is huge for iOS users who own several devices.
The developer also offers a Pro version of Jasmine that offers a way for users to contribute to the developer. Jasmine doesn’t feature any advertising at this point and donations will go a long way in preventing them from popping up in the future.
In addition, it comes with extensive parental controls that allow parents to control what their kids watch on the iPad.
Jasmine boasts a four star rating on the App Store, out of nearly 2000 reviews, and we recommend it as a YouTube alternative.