Ok, it's up. A day after the launch of the new YouTube app, you can actually download it in the Canadian app store.
Here are a few reasons I love it.
1) Subscribe to new channels. This just wasn't an option in the native YouTube app built by Apple. This functionality saves you a trip through Safari to the YouTube site.
2) More ways to share. The new app gives you six options instead of three - and they include Facebook and Google+.
3) Shorter URL's. That long URL you had to steal from the "email link" option on the old app was unwieldy and wouldn't render a thumbnail if you copied it into Facebook. The new URL is short, clean and works.
4) Category menu. Borrowing from the menu style you find on the excellent Twitter and Pinterest apps, the new YouTube app allows you to parse your surfing into smaller albeit still broad chunks. Just don't bother rummaging around in the Education category--you'll be extremely disappointed.
5) Fast full screen transition. Clicking on full screen immediately rotates the view from vertical to horizontal. Nice touch.
Modest changes? Sure.
But it looks like the growing estrangement between Google and Apple holds the promise of useful--and likely more frequent--improvements. Changes many of us will appreciate.