YouTube Adds Native Support for 2018 iPad Pro; Instagram Once Again Optimized for iPhone XR, XS Max

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Apps need to support device displays if people actually want to enjoy them, but sometimes the rollout takes time or leads to more issues.

For example, let’s take a look at YouTube. Despite the fact that Apple launched the 11- and 12.9-inch in late 2018, here we are in January of 2019 and YouTube is finally rolling out support for the newest Apple-branded tablets. That’s not the quickest turnaround, but better late than never, right? It’s not all good news, either. It’s been confirmed that the new version of the app has an issue, namely that the Home indicator actually blocks the bottom row of icons:

That’s certainly not great! Hopefully YouTube has another update planned to address this issue.

Meanwhile, the Facebook-owned Instagram has updated its app as well, bringing back support for the iPhone XR’s and iPhone XS Max’s displays. You will need to update to the newest version of the app, of course, but once you do you should have support on the bigger displays. But! There’s some bad news, too: The latest version of Instagram is now iOS 10 or later, so iOS 9 users out there in the wild are now out of luck.

For those who might have missed the news, Instagram recently broke support for the iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max displays. The issue appeared to be tied to iOS 9 and developer tools behind-the-scenes, which makes sense why the latest version of the app no longer supports that older version of the mobile operating system. But at least Instagram brought a fix for the issue relatively promptly.

So, some good news mixed with annoyingly bad news.