YouTube has announced some new features for its mobile apps, one of the biggest being more live streaming support. You can now livestream content from apps on iOS that support ReplayKit, Apple’s screencasting framework. YouTube Gaming has been supporting ReplayKit since June, but this update brings support to the main app and allows users to livestream content other than games.
To livestream a ReplayKit app, you need to be running iOS 10.2 or later on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, and you need the latest version of the YouTube app. Your account also needs 100 subscribers, which is YouTube’s milestone unlocking live streaming for mobile creators. That number has been lowered in recent months: in February the threshold was still 10,000, in April it was lowered to 1,000 and recently lowered again to 100.
In a supported app, a “live” icon will appear on the screen while you’re gaming, creating, or otherwise using the app, and you can tap it to display your live streaming options. Choose the YouTube app from the list, give your live stream a title and a thumbnail image and you can start live streaming right away. The stream shows what’s happening in the app, along with your front camera feed, including audio from your device’s microphone.
While this new feature will certainly make it easier for creators to upload Let’s Play videos from mobile games, it will also allow other types of creators to capture their mobile device’s screen and share it with their subscribers. YouTube is calling out support for Procreate under this update, a powerful drawing app used by many in the art and graphic design communities.
In addition to ReplayKit support, YouTube also announced a new ultra-low latency feature that produces “near real-time interaction with limited buffering.” This essentially reduces the delay of a live stream and allows creators to respond more quickly to viewer questions and comments. The company has also added new inline moderation tools, the ability to hold potentially inappropriate comments before approval, and the option to share hidden user lists via comments and live chat.