VLC, the popular free media player developed by VideoLAN, is expected to make another triumphant comeback on iOS soon.
As reported by Softpedia (via MacRumors), VLC lead developer Felix Paul Kuehne has confirmed in a post on the VideoLAN forums that the app will be available on the App Store again starting “probably early next year.”
Kuehne suggests that the new version of VLC for iOS has been submitted to Apple for review and that it may be approved shortly after the iTunes Connect holiday shutdown, which took effect from Dec. 22 through yesterday, Dec. 29. This means that we can expect the app to resurface on the App Store anytime now.
The original VLC app for iOS was pulled in January 2011 as a result of a licensing dispute between the lead developers of VLC and the developers of the iOS app itself. After two and a half years, in July 2013, the app returned to the App Store.
In September of this year, following the release of iOS 8, the app was again removed from the App Store, this time for undisclosed reasons.
At any rate, we’ll certainly let you know as soon as VLC for iOS becomes available again on the App Store, presumably as an update for users who downloaded any of the app’s previous iterations and as a fresh download for new users.
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