It was back in 2010 when VLC was first released for the iPad. A few months later, the play-anything functionality touting app was also released for the iPhone. However the app was pulled from the App Store in 2011 due to violation of the GNU General Public License. Since then the app has been available in Cydia, the jailbreakers’ app store. The problem is that not everyone who wants VLC on their iOS device has a jailbroken device. There’s good news though. VideoLAN, the developers of this app, have announced that by tomorrow a new VLC for iOS app will be available in the App Store. It will have native support for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The best part is that the new VLC app will be free, it only requires iOS 5.1 or higher. Version 2.0 of this app has been developed from the ground up, its completely open-source, its code will also be available online by tomorrow. The licensing kinks have been worked out this time around, meaning that the app will not be going away. VideoLAN says that the app is going to be faster, while supporting all media files that VLC does on desktop computers. Users will be able to upload files over Wi-Fi or through native Dropbox integration. There’s support for AirPlay, multiple audio tracks, subtitles, playback speed manipulation and more. We’ll let you know when the app goes live tomorrow.
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