After two long months, Google has rolled out an update for the YouTube app on iOS. This is the first central iOS app by Google that has been updated since 7 December. It has been speculated that Google did not update its iOS apps, Search, Docs, Photos, and Gmail, to avoid the new privacy labels by Apple. Google released the updated YouTube for iOS with version 15.59.6. The changelog doesn’t talk mention much about the updates coming along to the YouTube app but suggests that the update has fixed bugs to improve the performance.
While tech companies usually pause work over the winter holidays, updates usually resume mid-January, which didn’t happen this time. Some speculation suggests that the lack of releases was due to app nutrition labels, but YouTube had filled out the App Privacy section long before the new update.The YouTube update came to the iPhone users after they had encountered a prompt that said the app was out of date while attempting to sign-in with a Google Account. This wasn’t really a security issue and later the warning too was quickly removed.
With the update, the YouTube Music, TV, and Studio and save for Kids were also updated, followed by the Apple requirement in early February update, and Google has said that it is committed to adding labels.
With this update, it is expected that other Google app updates for iOS will follow soon. The Chrome for iOS is notably 24 days late already.