YouTube has finally updated the iOS version of its app to be able to playback vertical videos correctly. This update was issued to the Android app two and a half years ago but for some reason never came to iOS until now.
Bye bye, black bars. 👋
Now the YouTube player on iOS will automatically adapt to the shape of the video youre viewing! pic.twitter.com/4jzJ6nPj4G
Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) December 19, 2017
With this, users will be able to watch a vertically shot video in the correct aspect ratio. Previously, going fullscreen on a vertical video played it in landscape with massive black bars on the side. Now playing a vertical video in fullscreen keeps the screen in portrait so the video fills your entire screen.
Meanwhile, no fix has been announced for people who still record videos vertically.