VideoLAN’s VLC player has had a troubled history on iOS devices. While it originally came out to much fanfare on the iPhone and iPad, the app was quickly removed from the App Store – at the developer’s request, that is, and not Apple’s. There was some debate between the maintainers of the open-source software whether the DRM policies of the App Store violated the licensing under which the code had always been published.
Fortunately for the rest of us, this dilemma eventually sorted itself out.
With the power present in this generation of iOS devices, VLC is capable of playing just about anything you toss at it, including 1080p video, regardless of whether the codecs are supported by the iPhone’s underlying hardware.
This new version includes an all new iOS 7 UI, all new multitouch gestures, integration for streaming from cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Googles Drive, startup tutorials, superior Wi-Fi uploads, the ability to download files directly, and more.
So far, the app’s new revision has garnered more than 60 ratings, with an average score of around three and a half stars.