You can say what you will about Popcorn Time – and let’s face it, most of what could be uttered about so-called "Netflix for Torrents" has already been said – but one cannot argue that those behind it aren’t frequent with their updates. With versions of the app already spanning most of the major platforms including Windows, Mac and Android, it was confirmed late in August that an iOS edition was in the making. At the time, it was noted that Popcorn Time for iPhone and iPad would become available in a matter of days, but while today’s official roll-out is slightly later than we’d hoped, it does appear to be a nicely refined experience worthy of the wait.
The last we heard was that the official Popcorn Time for iPhone and iPad would include support for AirPlay and Chromecast streaming. As per the release notes, it seems that neither have been baked into the very first version of the iOS app, although the authors of Popcorn Time do assure fans that they are working on implementing an integrated VPN service along with AirPlay and Chromecast support.
I suppose the major catch with Popcorn Time for iOS, aside from the fact that it permits users to download and stream content from Torrents, is that the app is only available to those running jailbroken devices. Unsurprisingly, Apple isn’t too accommodating of Popcorn Time and as such, won’t let it through the iTunes App Store moderation gates. Thus, the only way iOS users can utilize its powers is to install it via Cydia.
The timing of the release is surely going to affect Popcorn Time’s chances of gaining a strong following on Apple’s platform, though, at least for the time being. After all, the Cupertino company has only just rolled out iOS 8, and with 47% of users having updated as of a week ago, it’s safe to say that considerably less folk are running jailbroken devices at this moment.
If you do give Popcorn Time a try, be sure to leave your comments below, and we’ll be sure to let you know as and when that AirPlay and Chromecast support finally becomes a part of the package.