One of the main innovations of iOS 14 (to find out all there is our dedicated article ), together with the introduction of widgets, is the Picture in Picture function.
That is, the one that allows you to reduce video content being played to a floating window, which the user can move around the screen while interacting with other apps.
And obviously, a typical use scenario for this new possibility passes through YouTube (and in fact, the tests had started some time ago ).
The Picture-in-Picture feature, however, is exclusive to users who have subscribed to YouTube Premium. Or rather, it should have been so, but then the users who had installed the beta of iOS 14 found a simple trick to get around this limitation and use it for free.
To do this, it was enough to access the YouTube website from the Safari browser, play a video, and take advantage of the Picture-in-Picture from there (and not from the app, therefore). A possibility that however, with the arrival of the stable version of iOS 14, has disappeared.
Or rather: it is no longer usable, but a minimal trace of it remains, because by carrying out the same procedure the video ends up in a floating window for a moment, only to then resume immediately placed inside the browser tab.
It looks like a bug, but it’s actually pretty clear that it could be a voluntary limitation imposed by Google.