Youtube has announced that the picture-in-picture functionality is being rolled out for iOS users. It is now possible to have a video play in a small, “always on top” pop-up window while using another app on iPhone and iPad.
This was one of the most requested YouTube features for iOS; at the moment, all US users can access it. Only Premium users have access to PIP in the rest of the world. It’s been available to Android users for a long time. Google hopes to deliver the feature to all iOS global users “by August.”
Like its Android counterparts, the picture-in-picture window shows up when you exit the full-screen app. You can move the small player elsewhere and continue your task if it gets in the way.
Curiously, it took a very long time for this feature to appear on iOS, but better late than never, as they say. I disabled it, but it’s nice to have the option.