VLC, the much beloved cross platform video player, hasn’t historically had much luck on iOS. But that looks about to change, with the app reportedly coming back to the App Store early in 2015… and possibly as early as today.
Back in 2010, iOS developer Applidium first brought the VLC media player to the App Store. A few months later, though, and it was pulled because of an issue with the app’s GPL licensing agreement. Because VLC is open source software, it was technically illegal for Applidium to sell a port in Apple’s DRM-restricted App Store.
Eventually, VLC made its way back to the App Store, and even ended up getting updated for iOS 7. But then, shortly after the releas of iOS 8, VLC was pulled from the App Store again.
Now, VLC is looking like it will be coming back. Lead developer Felix Paul Kuehne has posted to the VideoLAN forums saying that the app has already been submitted to Apple for approval. Asked if VLC would ever return to the Ap Store, he said: “[P]robably early next year due to the iTunes Connect Holiday Shutdown.”
iTunes Connect is scheduled to reopen today after having been down for an entire week, so VLC could possibly hit the App Store today. If not, though, it should be here soon. Fingers crossed it can manage to stay on the App Store this time.