That was quick! Jasmine, the popular YouTube alternative app for iOS devices is back in the App Store. After a “crash-on-launch” issue affected version 1.0.2, it was temporarily pulled. Now the app is back as version 1.0.3. Unfortunately, the new update takes away some key features.
According to an official announcement in Jasmine, the app has removed automatic “background audio” playback, which is native to iOS. However, this can still be invoked manually by double-tapping the home button, swiping right, and hitting play.
In addition, Jasmine no longer has customizable skip/rewind controls. The app has also switched to YouTube compliant Web view playback, which adds 1-2 seconds to video load times. Each of these changes were requested by YouTube/Google Inc.
All is not lost, however. Jasmine 1.0.3 also includes the following new features:
Critical Fix: Crash on launch on some iPad installations
Drastic improvements to available videos
Added “Preferred Quality” selection to Playback Settings
Added “Watch Later” list in Playlists section
Added timestamp to videos
Fixed: Missing videos from playlists
Jasmine 1.0.3 is available now in the App Store and as an update.