While you’d think the support for vertical videos should have been here years ago, YouTube for iOS has decided to finally roll it out now. Support for vertical videos essentially means that, iOS users can now view vertical videos in full screen, rather than turned sideways with black bars on its either sides. YouTube announced plans to introduce this feature back in August this year, and some users have already had it activated. But as of this week, it’s being enabled for everyone. Also Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Google Doodle wishes dads with cute pop-up greeting card
It’s hard to understand why YouTube took so long to enable this support for iOS users, when it has been around for Android users since about two years now. After all, vertically is how a smartphone is meant to be held. With an increasing number of vertical videos being uploaded to YouTube, it only makes sense for the app to get updated to display things properly. Also Read - iPhone users now get Picture-in-Picture mode for YouTube videos worldwide
Bye bye, black bars. 👋 Also Read - Google might be working on a 'Find My' network clone for Android users
Now the YouTube player on iOS will automatically adapt to the shape of the video you’re viewing! pic.twitter.com/4jzJ6nPj4G
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) December 19, 2017
Although as The Verge points out, there is a small caveat in this update. Even after the update, users are likely to come across vertical videos that won’t go full screen. “It turns out, there are a lot of “vertical” videos on YouTube that are actually encoded with black bars on the sides, meaning they’re technically landscape videos,“ the publication reports.
We can only hope YouTube restrains people from uploading videos with black bands anymore. But, as of now, we will still see a bit confusion transition from the black bands to proper vertical videos.