Just two years after the changes first rolled out to Android devices, the YouTube Music app for iPad finally got a major update.
As highlighted by 9to5Google (opens in new tab)a new version of the app that just appeared on the App Store brings some much-needed changes to the Now Playing screen.
The UI overhaul mainly brings improvements to the way cover art is displayed, with images no longer going edge-to-edge thanks to a new border.
Playing the artwork now brings options to share what you’re playing, download it for offline listening, or add the track to a playlist.
The thumbs up/down have been moved next to the song title and artist, while the playback controls are now right below the cover art.
It’s not all good news, however. While you can now swipe up or down to access the Next queue, for some reason you can’t swipe left and right to change lanes like in the Android versions of the app.
While it’s unclear why the changes took so long to arrive in the iPadOS version of the app – the iPhone app received an overhaul more than a year ago – the changes will be welcomed by users of the service on Apple’s tablet.
Review: Is this the start of more frequent updates for Google apps on Apple devices?
While Google releases updates to its Android apps with impressively frequent regularity, it’s fair to say that users of its iOS and iPadOS apps aren’t feeling the same amount of love as of late.
From the agonizing wait for picture-in-picture to arrive on its Apple versions of YouTube, to the company telling users that their own apps were out of date and a security issueGoogle’s treatment of its iOS and iPadOS apps has been lax in recent years.
Most overlooked of all were the YouTube Music iPad subscribers who were left wondering if the platform had been abandoned altogether.
The news of this late software review, along with recent changes to the File feature in its Photos app (which was released in conjunction with its Android versions), will give hope that the days when Google treats its apps for Apple devices like a afterthought may finally be at an end.