This afternoon YouTube completely transformed their mobile website into something completely new. The site features a drastic overhaul and is written specifically for HTML5 devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch.
The new user interface begins with a very clean looking ‘home-screen’ with quick and easy access to subscriptions, playlists, favorites, your uploaded content, as well as quick access to video searching and settings.
The video viewing user interface has also been modified to a cleaner look with multitudes of additional options. You now have the option to play the video in its higher-quality format, like or dislike it, view and compose comments, and view related videos.
As others have noted, this new YouTube web app is substantially better than the native YouTube player in many regards. Videos load up much quicker, you have the HQ video option, and many other features from the standard website. Hopefully the native application included by Apple, since day one, will receive an update in the future with more features.
On the larger side of things, the iPad’s online YouTube site slightly changed. When a user formerly navigated to YouTube.com on an iPad, they would be taken to a larger representation of the old mobile web app. Now, users are taken to the official standard YouTube.com layout you always have gotten while browsing videos on a standard Mac or PC.