YouTube Premium has launched a higher-quality video option for its iOS app users, which promises to offer clearer, less-compressed videos.
While regular 1080p videos will remain unchanged for non-paying users, the higher-quality videos will eat into data plans and require a strong internet connection. This feature is not yet available for Android users, but web users will have access to it soon.
Premium subscribers on all platforms can now use the “Continue Watching” feature, which streamlines the process of finding unfinished content.
Smart Downloads is another feature that automatically downloads recommended videos while on Wi-Fi, but it may take up phone storage space.
YouTube Premium’s new watch-together feature, Meet Live Sharing, allows Premium subscribers to host a Google Meet session to watch videos together, which non-Premium users can join. A similar tool will be coming to FaceTime on iOS in the coming weeks.
If you’re not impressed by these upgrades, you can check out other streaming services to find the best content for you.
In addition to these new features, YouTube Premium subscribers also have access to ad-free videos, the ability to download videos for offline viewing, and access to YouTube Music, among other benefits.
However, it’s worth noting that YouTube Premium comes with a monthly subscription fee, which may not be worth it for some users.
Those who don’t mind ads and don’t need the extra features may be better off sticking with the free version of YouTube.
Overall, YouTube Premium’s new features for iOS app users are definitely a step in the right direction for those who value higher-quality videos and added convenience.
Whether it’s worth the monthly subscription fee will depend on each user’s individual needs and preferences.