YouTube Gets iPhone X Update with ‘Pinch to Zoom’ in Fullscreen


Google has released a YouTube iOS update, which now brings support for iPhone X. When watching videos in fullscreen, you can ‘pinch to zoom’ to see your video expand and fill in the entire iPhone X display, which includes the ‘notch’ area.

Here’s a screenshot of what a video looks like in normal fullscreen on iPhone X:

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If you want video to expand and fill in the sides and the ‘notch’, you just pinch to zoom. But notice how you’re now missing parts of the top and bottom of the video:

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DisplayMate called the iPhone X display the “most innovative and high performance” smartphone display they’ve ever tested. Here’s what they had to say about the iPhone X’s new aspect ratio and higher resolution:

As a result of its larger display size and larger Aspect Ratio, the iPhone X has a new 2.5K Higher Resolution Full HD+ display with 2436×1125 pixels and 458 pixels per inch, with 2.7 Mega Pixels, 32% more than an HDTV. The display has Diamond Sub-Pixels (see below) and Sub-Pixel Rendering with 458 pixels per inch (ppi), providing significantly higher image sharpness than can be resolved with normal 20/20 Vision at the typical viewing distances of 12 inches or more for Smartphones, so the display appears perfectly sharp. As a result, for Smartphones it is absolutely pointless to further increase the display resolution and pixels per inch (ppi) up to 4K (3940×2160 pixels) for a silly marketing wild goose chase into the stratosphere, with no visual benefit for humans!

Click here to download YouTube for iOS in the App Store.


  • khiladi420

    This has been out for a while…

  • garbun0629

    i don’t like this. basically you zoom in the video and fill up the screen. at the same time, you lost the width of the video….netflix has done a better job this time.

  • Riley Freeman

    wish you didnt have to zoom in each time. They should have included an option to auto load zoomed in each time

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    “the iPhone X has a new 2.5K Higher Resolution Full HD+ display with 2436×1125 pixels” Actually, the iPhone X only has 2436 ×1125 GREEN pixels. It has about about the same number of red and blue pixels as the old phones.

  • Cornfed710

    I was going to say the same thing

  • alaa kassem

    I returned the X and went back to the 7 Plus for that reason alone. but what did Netflix do, just curious?