YouTube on iOS scores support for the iPhone X: New 'zoom to fill' option debuts

Lucky users have already got their hands on the iPhone X, but meanwhile, developers are working hard on updating their apps to support the mold-breaking 2:1 display of the device, which is a first for Apple.

One of the latest top-tier apps to score support for the iPhone X's intricacies is none other than YouTube, which now support pinch to zoom for a fullscreen experience alongside a regular letterbox mode that doesn't make full use of the display real estate.

Once you update the YouTube app on your iPhone X to v12.43, you will be able to simply pinch in on any video and it will fill in the whole screen. This way, however, some content will be cropped from the bottom, top, and one of the sides of the phone (thanks, notch). That's why even after you update the app, YouTube will default to the more traditional letterbox mode which doesn't hide away content.

The update should be rolling out right now.

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

That notch on the YouTube icon says everything, but full screen is better.

2. bhagya111

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Wasn’t it available already. I have iPhone X from day one and I could pinch to zoom

6. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

It was. They are whacked. I was able to do this on the 6th when I received my phone.

3. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

The S8 and Note 8 have this natively for every app..

4. midan

Posts: 3124; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

why would you want to zoom your video, it means it has wrong aspect ratio and your video will look very stupid, and im not talking about the notch. I'm talking about the picture which you lose from up and down when you zoom your video out of the screen. i can't believe people are doing this, i hope they don't! Why Youtube is even giving option for this, it's nonsense. Sure it would be nice to fill that beautiful screen but it's not how the video is meant to watch.

14. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

That's Apple's fault for using a stupid resolution. You know, the same thing you said about the S8 resolution?! Remember that? Now how does it feel. Waiting on the PA article talkign about Apple terrible chosen resolution. its nowhere near standard.

5. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Little behind, eh Phonearena? This has been the case since the phone launched on the 6th. I guess simply reading the app update notes isn’t sufficient to write an accurate article.

7. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I've gotten to the notch, but not used to the smaller screen compared to my note 8.

8. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

I still don't get why 18:9 screens are even a thing. What was up with 16:9? Have we all been suffering with the wrong shape screens all this time?

11. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

18:9 isn't even a thing anyway, it's marketing waffle for 2:1.

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Why would you destroy acpect ratio and hide image with a notch? Awww i never liked the left side of the screen anyway ... what a hell?

10. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I wish they offered this feature to iPad users. There was plenty of YT apps that offered this, but Google has blocked us from signing in using these apps.

12. Godfather

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

I wouldn't be surprised if video aspect ratios of the iPhone X or Samsung S8/S8+ promote YouTube to have content specific for those screens which users wont experience lose of image due to zooming / cropping.

13. PacoXXI

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 18, 2016

No es razonable recortar y, por lo tanto, no poder ver, parte de la imagen: es absurdo. Y, mientras los formatos de los contenidos no se acerquen, las zonas negras inútiles serán lo que hay. Y digo mientras no se acerquen, porque adaptarse es imposible, dada la multitud de distintos formatos alargados, que no solamente 18:9 (2:1), que, por ejemplo, el iPhone X es 2.177:1 no 2:1, casi un 10% de variación, entre muchos distintos formatos. Y la solución no es migrar únicamente a 18:9, dada la elevada proporción de dispositivos con formato 16:9, incluidos los iPhone 8 y 8 Plus.

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