Infuse 2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 006)Infuse 2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)

I’m a big fan of Infuse, a versatile iOS media player by jailbreak developers FireCore, the same team that brought you aTV Flash Black for the Apple TV. Why? Because consuming video in file formats that are foreign to iOS is high maintenance. I’m just reluctant to waste my precious time figuring it all out. Infuse elegantly takes the pain out of messing with the dull file conversion, syncing and hunting for subtitles and replaces that whole mind job with an enjoyable movie-watching experience.

Infuse supports 14 non-iOS video formats, features high-performance playback for 1080p content and has auto-download of cover art and other metadata from TheMovieDB and TheTVDB, with one-tap subtitle downloads from OpenSubtitles.org. It also implements the best AirPlay subtitle streaming I have ever seen on an iOS device, hands down. That Infuse supports multiple audio tracks/subtitles and integrates with trakt.tv to scrobble plays back to your account, submit ratings and post shouts doesn’t hurt either.

As not everyone was down with Infuse costing five bucks, not many people got a chance to enjoy Infuse goodies. Not anymore. Starting today, Infuse 2 for iPhone and iPad is free in the App Store, with advanced features available as an in-app purchase upgrade. Infuse used to rely heavily on skeuomorphism so I was curious to see how developers would transition its graphics-heavy interface to clean iOS 7 aesthetics…

First, old vs. new icon.

Infuse 1.0 for iOS (app icon, full size)Infuse 2 for iOS (app icon, full size)

Designed and built in Denver, Colorado by FireCore, LLC, Infuse 2 features light interface that’s not only easy on the eyes, but puts your content front and center, too. In addition to the new look, Infuse 2 can now stream your videos over a local network.

This means you can now stream clips residing on Mac and Windows PCs or network-attached storage, without ever having to transfer files manually or sync anything. Network streaming works with AirPlay, subtitles and trakt.tv.

Infuse 2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 005)Infuse 2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

And this is what skeuomorphism-infused Infuse used to look like.

Infuse 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot, Subtitles)Infuse 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot, Ticket)

Check out the new iPad interface below.

Infuse 2 for iOS (iPad screenshot 003)

Here’s the new movie ticket view.

Infuse 2 for iOS (iPad screenshot 002)

Additional playback options are available by tapping the gear icon in the upper right.

Infuse 2 for iOS (iPad screenshot 006)

And here’s the new web browser-based upload experience.

Infuse 2 for iOS (browser upload 001)

Infuse lets you transfer media files to your device either using the iTunes File Sharing feature or by connecting both your Mac and iOS device to the same Wi-Fi network and using a special web page to upload media via a desktop web browser.

Infuse 2 for iOS (iPad screenshot 005)

In addition to AAC, AC3, FLAC, MP3 and OGG audio tracks and licensed Dolby Digital Plus mobile surround sound support, Infuse 2 supports the following video formats: 3GP, AVI, ASF, DVR-MS, FLV, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, OGM, OGV, WebM, WMV and WTV. As for subtitles, the app will happily render DVB, DVDsub, PGS, SSA/ASS, SRT, SUB, Timed Text, VobSub and XSUB subtitle formats.

More on the update is available at the FireCore website.

Infuse 2 is available free in the App Store.

The 7.1MB universal app requires iOS 7 or later.

If you previously bought Infuse, you’ll get Infuse Pro as a free upgrade.

For everyone else, Infuse Pro is available via In-App Purchase at an introductory price of $4.99, which buys you more flexible playback options, support for Dolby Digital Mobile Surround and additional media formats, as well as the ability to send a wider variety of video types over AirPlay and stream videos from Mac or Windows PCs or network-attached drives.

Again, those who purchased Infuse prior to the release of Infuse 2 will have access to Pro features for free. This removes any friction in terms whether or not you should try out this app: just go ahead and grab it now – you won’t regret that you did.

  • chumawumba

    Reading this article makes reminds me of jailbreaking. I miss jailbreaking.

    • Naman Jain

      Same Here… I miss jailbreak too

    • Naman Jain

      Jailbreak is back 🙂

  • Xross

    Look at the quality of the old icon and then look at the new icon. That sums up iOS 7 perfectly. Don’t know how much more of this blinding fluorescent garbage fest I can take. Might have to jump ship to android.

    • on3simpleclick

      This. The old icon was beautiful compared to the new one. Sadly this is practically the same case for every ‘iOS7 update’ that is being applied to basically every app..

      • Matthew Cleveland

        The old icon is obviously a nice Photoshop job, but I like the simplicity of the new one better. They both look nice either way.

    • Good look with Android’s robotic holo-style 🙂

      • sivkai

        I don’t know why you are being down voted. I am an Android fanboy myself (Nexus 5 user), but there is no denying that Holo is Android’s version of iOS 7 design guidelines. For better or worse, a lot of apps conform to Holo.

        That said, I REALLY like Holo so I’m not complaining 🙂

    • Mohammed Sahib

      The worst part is the blinding white icons that dominate my home screen. I don’t how much more I can take.

  • on3simpleclick

    another iOS7 compatible update..
    what a horrible looking icon as well.

  • Game

    RIP iOS. iPhone 5 iOS 6. The last of the good ones before iOS turned to shit.

    • To be honest iOS was already going downhill around 6.0. The features changed/improved didn’t get as much attention to detail as they would have years ago.

  • Luis M. Maldonado

    I have an iPhone 5S and the only thing I hate about it, is iOS 7.. That’s way I’m waiting for the jailbreak to get rid of all this fluorescent shit. the first app I’m gonna install is winterboard and the second one is ”f.lux” so won’t go blind!

    • on3simpleclick

      I miss F.lux so much.. 🙁

  • David Williams

    Really, people? I understand likes and dislikes, but come on! This is ridiculous! You take an article about and updated app and you all whine about the app icon? Who cares? If the app works the icon shouldn’t make a difference. I, for one have really liked the look and feel of iOS 7 since day one. It just makes me laugh when people can’t accept change.

    • Matt Taylor

      Change isn’t always good!

      • You must accept it though. Because it’s already done.

      • Alex

        See, that’s where you are wrong. History is full of decisions turned back by the people who disliked it.

      • Alright well you just get back to me when it goes back to ios 6.

      • Alex

        Obviously, that’s not going to happen, but maybe a future release will revert back to a more skeuomorphic design.

  • FINALLY! No need to transfer files into iTunes. This might make me switch over from Plex, even though I do have a soft spot in my heart for Plex. It’s a godsend.

  • Josh H

    i have my files hooked up with an airport extreme. when i add them to my library it does add the files it just add the network icon. please let me know how i can fix this or if it is even possible. i have attached a picture

    • Alex

      The answer to your problem is to contact their tech support. You are posting this in the wrong place. Get a clue while you’re at it.

  • batongxue

    Nice update!
    Only a little complaint = =

    • Alex

      What’s your complaint, that you don’t like Forrest Gump?

      • Bangali

        Gumpy’s Head is missing!!!! 0_O

      • batongxue

        Wow, so surprised you did not see that…

      • Alex

        i saw that, but assumed it was just that the image was cut to fit into the ticket design. i bet many titles will have the same thing done to them

      • batongxue

        Nope, it’s because of the film rating sign “PG-13” in a white box. I’ve suggested the developer to put the sign down below as well as make it translucent.

  • harit7

    Personally i think that all ios7 updates should have a dark theme built in.
    The white is just too much for the eyes.
    Really too much.

  • Kritika Singhania

    Absolutely love Infuse, and I’ve been excited about the update for a while now. Sadly, there isn’t as much added or different, other than the UI overhaul of course.

  • mrloko

    How is it better than VLC ?

  • Tom

    Stop bitching bitches!!!

  • Bangali

    Finally I can access my NAS files! WooHoo!!

  • Naman Jain

    The old icon looks cooler but the new one suits iOS 7

  • sivkai

    Whatsapp, take notes. This isn’t a drastic improvement over your “re-design” but at least they bothered to match their app with their distinctive color theme. I mean, how much effort is it to change the blue secondary colour to green!?

  • Jo Henning Børven

    I’m sorry to bring this up here, but I have been trying to connect to the Mac with my iPad, but I have not been able to do so… I have paid for pro, and have already shared my folders in system settings.