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When Apple ditched its YouTube app from iOS 6, people obviously weren’t happy, but Google filled the breach with a native YouTube app for iPhones, but without making an iPad version or one that filled the screen on the iPhone 5. That has now all changed!

If you’re a big YouTube fan on iOS, you’ve likely known, long before iOS 6 came along, that the web based, mobile version of YouTube was better than Apple’s YouTube app.

However, when iOS 6 arrived, Apple removed the YouTube app altogether as part of its fight with Google that also saw Apple deliver its own maps to its Maps app.

From memory, there was talk of licensing issues, but Apple’s angst over Google’s Android gains was well known, from Steve Jobs’ talk of going “thermonuclear” on Google to the fact iOS 6’s changes made such big, unavoidable waves.

So, when Google announced that it was bringing its own YouTube app to iOS, there was of course much happiness - and much downloading, something that ensured YouTube’s place at the top of the free apps chart for quite some time.

Indeed, as I type, I can see that YouTube is still the No.3 top free download app in the Australian app store, showing just how much people love watching videos from Google’s vast YouTube library.

The problem with Google’s iOS YouTube app became apparent, however, when people tried downloading it to their iPads.

The app simply wasn’t in the iPad section of the app store, but if you searched for iPhone/iPod Touch apps as well, there it was, ready for download.

That meant the app was not iPad native, and needed to be doubled in size like other iPhone apps to expand to the iPad’s full screen, complete with fuzzy text and graphics were you viewing the app on an iPad 1, iPad 2 or iPad mini.

However, Google’s announcement earlier this week than its YouTube app for iPads and for the full-screen effect on the iPhone 5 was now available was welcome news to iPad owning YouTube lovers, with Google’s blog posting here.

In this blog posting, we’re told that “more than 25 percent of all YouTube watching happens on mobile”, noting YouTube’s reign atop the free apps chart for “two months”, and noting how Google’s programmers have been listening and improving the app based on user feedback.

Aside from the long awaited iPad and iPhone 5 support, the app also features “enhanced AirPlay support, videos that start faster and play more smoothly, and improved accessibility with VoiceOver”.

Naturally, Google asks its users for ever more feedback “so we can keep making it better”, but in the meantime, you’ll have to download it to your iPad so you can check it out for yourself - and maybe even compare it to Google’s native YouTube apps on Android tablets.

Until then, YouTube is the best online place to get a room with a view to more digital content you can poke an iStick at - if Apple were ever to invent such a thing!

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks, including stints as presenter of Ch 10’s Internet Bright Ideas, Ch 7’s Room for Improvement and tech expert on Ch 9’s Today Show, among many other news and current affairs programs.

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