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YouTube iOS app update optimised for iPad, iPhone 5

YouTube rolled out an update for its iOS app that is optimised for the iPad and new iPhone 5.

The update incorporates feedback YouTube has received since the September launch of its iOS app.

It includes "enhanced AirPlay support, videos that start faster and play more smoothly, and improved accessibility with VoiceOver," Horia Ciurdar, a YouTube software engineer, wrote in a blog post.

According to the app description, the update also includes the ability to tap a logo and open a personal channel guide, as well as add and remove videos from your playlists and clickable links in video summaries.

The YouTube app made its official debut in the App Store in September. Prior to that, it had been pre-loaded on all iOS devices since the 2007 debut of the iPhone but with the launch of iOS 6, Apple dropped YouTube as a pre-installed app.

Having a standalone app allows YouTube to roll out updates - like the current release - at its own pace, rather than waiting for Apple to release an iOS update.

The free, updated app is available now in the App Store.