I can honestly say that I never expected to see XBMC running on my iPhone in a million years. It’s still kind of surreal adding the Cydia repo, downloading the packages, and installing the whole shebang.

The good news is that it’s definitely XBMC, in fact it looks like the devs applied a shrinking ray to my 50″ TV, because the port is dead on from a looks perspective.

Unfortunately, though, that’s where the inherent problems start to arise, at least on the iPhone’s teeny touch screen…

You see, XBMC, and pretty much every other home theatre UI uses what is called a ’10 foot’ interface. This allows for the graphics and navigation features of the interface to be comfortably discerned from a viewing distance around 10-feet, presumably from the comforts of your favorite couch.

Obviously, some adjustments will need to be made to accommodate the physical needs of the iPhone’s interfacing capabilities in order for XBMC to work well, which goes right into our second issue.

The second problem is that this is a straight port, meaning that the touch controls were not designed to work with the interface.

Due to these issues, navigating through XBMC’s plethora of endless menus is a total drag using the iPhone’s touch screen. It’s almost impossible to navigate in its present form.

While this proof of concept is promising as all get out, you probably don’t want to get too excited just yet. There are no cool features like AirPlay thus far, and the current video support leaves something to be desired.

Maybe if you install it on your Apple TV you’d have something to write home about, but even then, the software has a few growing pains to go through before it’s a total fit for iOS.

Regardless of those issues, the fact that the developers were able to get this far in such a short period of time is nothing short of amazing. The devs behind XBMC are quite the dedicated group, and I have no doubt that with a little time, this thing will be running like butter across multiple iOS platforms.

Rumor has it that they believe they will even be able to get 1080p streaming working fine before long!

If you just can’t wait to try it out for yourself, here is the repo that you will need to add to Cydia: http://mirrors.xbmc.org/apt/ios/

Of course, you will need a jailbroken iPhone in order to download this package.

Are you as excited about the future of XBMC on the iPhone as we are?

  • Suhteevin

    I would love to use this in my ATV2, but I am unable to jailbreak it right now. I need a Mac!

    • Joe

      need help?

  • Pittlife

    What is XMBC???

    • Jeff

      Xbox media center. Now a standalone product.

  • RG

    oh… so that’s where XBMC comes from.. X-BOX. I have on my aTV, it works, but find it so annoyingly confusing to use

  • Dano2112

    I prefer Plex.

    • Plex is good too, but from my experience XBMC reigns supreme. Give it a few months, and I’m sure we’re going to see some amazing things happening with XBMC and the Apple TV 2G.

  • fojam

    crashes when I open it on my ipod touch 2g 4.1 mc model

  • john

    what exactly does this do?

    let you play media files?
    let you watch your tv on the iphone?

    i’m not sure exactly what this does? lol

  • Jason masters

    Xbmc is w.h.a.c.k.

  • This is FANTASTIC!
    1080p streaming, something Apple could not do.
    Access to SMB (Windows) shares, Apple left that out too.
    And a whole slew of other features that should have been in the Apple TV2.
    Now if I could only install it on my ATV2, using Windows, and completely remove the crap Apple put on there…

  • jok3r

    XBMC can decode 1080p but the ATV2 will only output at 720p
    It could possibly be turned on by Apple, so far it doesnt look like its hardware limited (read this somewhere but it could be wrong)

    Im really hoping for the microUSB to be hacked and alound to add external hdd to it, so its no longer just a video streaming device

  • Rob

    Works perfect on my iPhone 3GS, apart from having trouble accessing the system menu and sound quality drop when accessing the menu’s but perfect.

  • Gorgonphone

    the UI is not optimized for iPhone and i dont understand what this is for..

  • Fred

    This is great! Unlike the other solutions I’ve tried for streaming media from my PC, this allows you to seek anywhere within a file and supports subtitles. F’ing fantastic!

    Yeah, it’s a bit hard to touch exactly where you want on the screen sometimes, but it works flawlessly! Being able to pick up where I left off in a movie is fantastic, and subtitle support rocks!

  • Daniel

    I also think it’s great the fact that it displays subtitles and plays 720p movies makes the different and makes it amazing . I only wish they will change the UI to fit the iPhone screen

  • Daniel

    I also think it’s great the fact that it displays subtitles and plays 720 p movies makes the different and makes it amazing . I only wish they will change the UI to fit the iPhone screen

  • Kyle

    I can honestly say I was truly looking forward to a program which would allow me to run multiple media files other than just .Mp4 or quick time. And when I found this on anther forum I had thought “Thank you god!” but now after 3 hours of trying to find a different source (because when I downloaded it from the one that is posted on here I couldn’t seem to boot the app) I find that this is a waste of my time. I’m just going to download another media player.

  • Anonymous

    if it’s a terminal thing, just use puTTY.