Bye-bye Black Bars: YouTube Player on iOS Will Now Auto-adjust to Vertical Videos

Watching a vertical/portrait-orientated video on YouTube’s iOS app has until now been somewhat reminiscent of the days when you would watch a widescreen-shot film on an old and bulky square TV, whereby half of your screen becomes devoted to annoying black bars in order to fit the picture to the screen. It may be a minor nuisance, but it’s a nuisance nonetheless.

Fortunately for those who have been bothered by the presence of these blacked-out areas of screen, YouTube recently unveiled a brand new albeit small update which should tackle the issue promptly. As announced via Twitter last week, the video player will now adapt to the dimensions of the video you’re watching.

You can see how the newly-updated player will work in the tweet below:

At the time of writing the update had not yet appeared on the iPhones in our office, but hopefully it shouldn’t take too long; I’ve got some binging to do over Christmas, after all.

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