After nearly 2 years of VLC being absent from the App Store, it is making its return. To be included in the new, remade and rebuilt version of the application are features like Wi-Fi uploads to allow you to get media from your computer to your device faster. Those of you that have been missing the application can look shortly for it in the App Store. Currently I’m seeing contradicting reports, however, with some saying it will be available shortly and then some saying it will in the App Store tomorrow, July 19th. Nonetheless, it’s coming back. According to MacStories, who got some hands on time with the new app, it should be familiar to those that used to use it:
I’ve been able to test the new VLC for iOS for the past few weeks, and, in terms of visual appearances, the app isn’t too dissimilar from the old version that was available on the App Store in 2010. A main screen lists all your media with thumbnail previews, and you can tap on an item to start playback in a full-screen media player. However, in spite of a UI reminiscent of the old version, VLC has been completely rewritten to use modern audio and video output modules, multi-core decoding, and support for any file type supported by VLC on the desktop. In my tests, the app was able to quickly start playing any video file that I threw at it, such as .mp4 and .mkv files.
If you are interested, keep your eye on the App Store for anything, and check back here as I’ll update with a link when it’s released.
What do you think? Did you miss VLC? Wondering what all will be different? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.