Today is the launch day of the iPad mini and the fourth generation of the iPad, and that means there will be a lot of new iPad owners looking for their new tablet. One thing new iPad owners will find is that the native YouTube app will be missing in iOS 6, where the operating system is stock on both the iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad. This is unfortunately by design. However, there are some viable alternatives that work just as an official YouTube app would.
Apple removed the native YouTube app in iOS 6. Apple has decided not to include any YouTube alternatives, unlike the Maps app that replaced Google Maps; this is a problem exacerbated by the lack of an official YouTube app in the App Store. The iPhone, on the other hand, is the beneficiary of an official YouTube app from Google, available for free on the App Store.
While iPad owners will have to wait for an official iPad app from Google, there are still ways to make YouTube accessible from the home screen on the iPad mini or the new fourth-generation iPad.
Here’s how to do it.
YouTube in browser
An extremely good way to use YouTube on iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad is to open your preferred browser, whether it’s Safari or another supported browser like Google Chrome, and go to the YouTube website.
After entering the web browser, users can type and be directed to a simple web interface; It allows users to not only watch YouTube videos, but also manage individual playlists, subscriptions, videos, messages and more.
It’s not as convenient as tapping an app on the home screen, but it’s certainly a handy way to access YouTube content when full-service and unofficial apps aren’t enough.
McTube – YouTube Client, Downloader and MP3 for iPad
When iOS 6 first arrived, YouTube clients were scarce. However, now that the developers have some time, there are more than a few options on the App Store. The best and most used app we’ve found so far is an app called. McTube which is free for the basic version and $1.99 for Pro Version which gets rid of ads and adds the ability to download unlimited videos.
I’m using the free one on my iPad and it’s definitely the YouTube app to go right now because essentially, as it says, it’s the “must have YouTube app”. It’s not perfect, but it’s still good and offers all the functionality you could want from an official iPad app on your iPad home screen.
In other words, it will keep iPad owners happy until an official app from Google comes along.
The interface in McTube is extremely easy to navigate and is dotted with a navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. The main part of the interface is, of course, YouTube videos ready to watch.
It supports the Retina Display of the fourth generation iPad and also offers HD video support. Users can also comment, rate, search videos and even download videos to watch later.
Here is the full list of features:
– Support iPhone 5, iPad Retina
– Cache videos and watch offline
– HD support, up to 1080p
– MP3 Player with background mode
– Search for Videos, Channels, Playlist
– Categories from YouTube
– Filter videos by region
– Rate, share and comment on videos
– Subscription, Playlist, Favorite, Watch Later, History
Those bothered by ads will want to drop $2 for the Pro version as it doesn’t have it. Also, if you fall in love with the ability to download videos for later, it might be worth investing in the Pro version as the free version doesn’t offer unlimited downloads.
Other YouTube App Alternatives
Of course, McTube isn’t the only YouTube app alternative on the App Store. There is another one that I prefer to love. Jasmine While less popular than the McTube app, it’s still worth a look.
Rated four stars after more than 1,600 reviews from iPad owners.
As of yet, I haven’t found any paid apps worth paying for aside from the Pro version of McTube, so iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad owners would be smart to use any of these apps.