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VLC for iPad going Universal, supporting iPhone, Touch

updated 02:40 am EDT, Thu October 14, 2010

Recent generations only, however

Applidium, who last month brought open-source video player VLC to the iPad, have submitted an update to make the app Universal, allowing recent-generation iPhones and iPod Touches to run the program as well. The app version, which does not play all video formats as its desktop version does, greatly expands the format options for audio and video on Apple's iOS mobile devices.

The free app has been reworked to take full advantage of the A4 chip found in the latest iOS devices, allowing better playback of most video files. The developers caution that hardware acceleration is not enabled for 720p playback, though performance should be improved from the previous version. Audio and video files are transferred to VLC via the "Apps" tab of iTunes.

Extensions are supported, such as those allowing the VLC iOS app to read videos from email and mobile Safari, for example. Applidium says they support the iPhone 3GS and 3rd- and 4th-generation iPod Touches as well, but do not support older models.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    makes me happy...

  1. vintagegeek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    VLC on iPad

    It is turning out to be OK on my iPad. Biggest benefit is you don't have to overload your iTunes with movies. Big deal in saving disck space on a Laptop. It doesn't do flv's but I convert those to m4v's and all is good. AVI's work nicely too.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They should enable it in the "Open in..." menu that pops up on the iPad so it can work with other apps that let you download files.

    I do this with MP3s and GoodReader all the time. I'll find an MP3 in Safari, download it and up pops up an "Open in..." dialog with GoodReader and a few other apps as options. Goodreader saves it and plays it fine. Plus you don't have to keep downloading it every time.

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Best news today so far...

    Awesome to hear that we'll get it on the iPhone!

  1. tundaman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Video out

    Now that netflix did, they could very well implement video out to VLC and it would become a killer app!!!

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