These changes are coming to Apple’s video player in iOS 16

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We have interesting news for current and future users of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. According to 9to5Mac, the default video player for both operating systems has been revised with new features and capabilities. The video player is employed by: Apple on all of its apps and is also used in some third-party apps for both the iPhone and iPad. In addition to the previously mentioned new features and capabilities, the revised video player has an improved user interface (UI).
Some of the changes Apple has made to the iOS and iPadOS video player are based on changes made to the system video player used on Apple TV with tvOS 15. For example, an overhaul of the video player makes it easier for users to figure out. to get the title of a video being watched. This is achieved by using larger fonts with the name of both the show and the specific episode.

Regardless of whether the pause button is visible, tapping the center of the screen will temporarily freeze the video being watched. Tap a second time to resume playback. In previous versions of the video controls, the user had to tap once to display the controls and tap again on pause. This will no longer be necessary in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, saving the user some time.

Apple also removed a button that, when tapped, would “fill display action”. With the revised video player UI, you can simply zoom in to fill the screen with content. Since the revised video player no longer accepts double tapping, such gestures no longer help users change how much of the screen is covered by the video being viewed.

Another change allows users to move a video forward or back 10 seconds instead of the previous 15 seconds. And the playback time can be changed in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 by tapping the three-dot menu. Playback speed options range from 0.5x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.5x and 2x. Some third-party apps allow users to customize any changes to the playback speed options.

When you need to scrub a video, you can now do it anywhere on the screen by dragging your finger left or right, regardless of whether the controls are visible or not. The video will advance or rewind according to the speed of your swipe and all other on-screen controls will disappear. This revised feature allows users to quickly move forward or backward the video they are watching.

Currently, iOS 16 is in developer beta and likely to be released to the general public in September.

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