Arriving a little later than expected, the popular VLC player for iOS devices has made yet another triumphant return to the App Store. It’s currently available in a few countries, and should arrive worldwide soon.
Listed as version 2.4.1, the app features optimization for the higher resolution screens of both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Other new features include a passcode lock and folder support.
The main draw of the app is its ability to play a huge number of different file types, even ones not officially supported by the iPhone or iPad.
The app has had an interesting history to say the least. Because of a licensing dispute between the developers of the iOS app and the original VLC, the title was first pulled from the App Store in 2011.
It returned in July 2013, but was removed after the introduction of iOS 8 in September for undisclosed reasons.
Back in late December, a lead VLC developer confirmed that the app had been submitted to Apple for review. There’s no word on why approval took so long.
I’m glad to see VLC return to the App Store, it’s a great way to play a number of video formats. If you’ve previously purchased the app, some users have had success downloading the new version by heading to their purchase history page.
For other recent news, see: The new LG Watch Urbane doesn’t try to be an Apple Watch, Apple’s new Photos for Mac application could be hurt by storage costs, or present an opportunity, and The AppAdvice week in review: Apple’s springtime goodies get ready to bloom.