VLC for iOS is returning to the App Store very soon according to the lead developer for the iPhone, iPad and OS X version of the video player. More details to follow, after the jump.
VLC is by far one of the most versatile video players out there on every major platform, including OS X and iOS. Having been on the iOS App Store for some time now and running videos on a plethora of devices, the app was pulled from the store this September, following the release of iOS 8.
That said, Felix Paul Kuehne, the lead developer of VLC on iOS and OS X, in response to a consumer’s complaint about the continual absence of the app has tweeted that the app should be reaching us "hopefully quite soon". In another response to a question on a VLC forum post, Kuehne explained that "It will be again, but probably early next year due to the iTunes Connect holiday shutdown." Where ‘it’ would be the VLC player for iOS.
When the popular video player went missing back in September, VLC did not offer any explanation for the sudden disappearance, making a very vague statement that the company was working with Apple on a solution towards bringing the app back onto the App Store. It still remains unclear if there were compatibility constraints with iOS 8.0 or was it some legal issue.
VLC however did announce the launch of a semi-public TestFlight beta trial of the updated version of the VLC player for iOS in early December, and just recently the developers have released the TestFlight beta 2 version of the the app with further improvements to the original update.
VLC player for iOS has never been that feature rich video player with an array of customizations, and even the aesthetics and the interface of the app leave a lot to be desired. What it does manage effectively however, is the playback of almost every other video format you throw at it.
If formats are not your concern, there are a bunch of other free media players out there which will easily substitute VLC on your iPhone or iPad.