YouTube has released an app optimized for the iPhone 5 and iPad, returning true, full-screen mode to users who have been without it since the launch of iOS 6 in September.
With iOS 6, Apple removed the pre-installed YouTube app that had been included in iOS since the operating system launched as iPhone OS in 2007.
That forced YouTube to launch its own independent app in September, but it was optimized only for iPhones and iPod Touches with 3.5-inch screens, not the 4-inch screens used for the iPhone 5 and latest generation of the iPod Touch. The app was also not optimized for iPads.
The update YouTube released for its iOS app Tuesday eliminated those problems.
YouTube also improved the general functionality of the app.
The Google-owned video service said the latest update lets users stream videos to their Apple TV devices over AirPlay. The updates also enable videos to start faster and play more smoothly, YouTube said in a blog post.