Now Safari can now show 1080p video on YouTube. In contrast to earlier the only way to get 1080p YouTube videos on the iPad was to use the YouTube app. But now you can view full 1080p video in Mobile Safari on your iPad. You’ve always been able to switch YouTube from the mobile site to the desktop version on iOS, which can give you access to different settings. Recently YouTube made 1080p the default quality setting in desktop view. So, in order to access 1080p on any YouTube video, you need your iPad to load the desktop version.
How to load the desktop version of YouTube?
To load the desktop version of a site on your iPad, long-press on the reload icon in the URL bar, and choose Request Desktop Site. The site reloads, and now you’ll see that the full-width desktop version now defaults to 1080p on your iPad.
If you tap the Quality submenu, it still tops out at 720p. but it pops into beautiful hi-def as soon as you hit play. To view the video full-screen, tap the full-screen icon or hit F on a connected keyboard.
You Tube Mobile browser features
YouTube’s mobile browser player is all over the place. Features come and go without warning. For instance, right now you can pinch out to zoom a video playing in thumbnail view to full screen, even when embedded in another web page. But that ability is often disabled and now 1080p is available in Safari but again who knows when you tube again changes things around this.
Apple includes the free Safari Web browser app and the YouTube app preinstalled on every new iPad. If you try to watch a YouTube video from a website, either YouTube itself or a Web page that has a YouTube video embedded on it, you won’t be able to view the video if it is encoded in the Flash format. However, YouTube has begun encoding videos using HTML5, so you can watch YouTube videos with the native YouTube app.
When you launch the YouTube app, you can search for and browse videos, and then tap the thumbnail of a video to start watching it. The video starts streaming over the Internet to your device. If the iPad’s connection is slow, it can take longer for the video to begin playing as it buffers.
The iPad has a backlit color LED display measuring 9.7 inches diagonally. The device measures 9.5 inches high by 7.3 inches wide. If you are watching a YouTube video while holding the iPad vertically in portrait orientation, you can get a better view by rotating the device 90 degrees to horizontal widescreen mode. The YouTube video automatically adjusts on the display to accommodate the wide orientation.