The YouTube app for iOS has been updated today with a major new feature. Users can now take advantage of AirPlay-like streaming and watch videos on certain smart televisions along with the Xbox 360 and Sony PS3 gaming consoles.

To use the feature, both devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. An iOS device can be used as a remote control and to select which videos to watch next.

Also, version 1.2.1 of the app adds the ability to record and upload video via the YouTube Capture app for the iPhone.

And along with overall stability improvements, users should be able to notice improved streaming performance when using a slow Wi-Fi network.

YouTube is a universal app designed for both the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini. It can be downloaded in the App Store now for free.

Since the first iPhone was introduced in 2007, YouTube was included in iOS as a native app. But Apple decided not to include the app in iOS 6, which was released last fall. Google quickly brought its own version into the App Store a month later. It added iPad/iPad mini support with an update in December.