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VLC, the popular cross-platform media player which lets you watch AVI videos on your iPhone and iPad without conversion (as well as other non-iOS-friendly media types), is back in the App Store following a long-standing licensing dispute.

In addition to resolving licensing issues, this edition of VLC brings a few noteworthy enhancements to the table which I’ll lay out for you after the jump.

UPDATE: following a soft-launch in New Zealand, the app on February 27, 2015, finally went live in the US App Store.

The new version of VLC is optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen resolutions and can render a bunch of media files that are not normally supported by iOS, including MKV videos.

It also has folder and passcode lock support, does subtitles and AirPlay, lets you transfer files to an iOS device via iTunes File Sharing or via Wi-Fi through a web browser, can stream directly from the network, upload your media to Google Drive or Dropbox and more.

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However, VLC doesn’t do AC3 audio, meaning it’s useless for most MKV HDTV movies. If you’re looking for a great alternative, try the versatile Infuse media player by FireCore.

You should know that VLC can chew up more battery than Apple’s native Videos app, the reason being because the latter takes advantage of a low-power hardware decoder for native video playback of the MP4 and H.264 formats built into Apple’s mobile chips.

VLC’s decoder renders media straight on the CPU, enabling it to play back formats the hardware decoder can’t and resulting in a greater power drain. It’s something of a surprise that VLC doesn’t use the hardware decoder for H.264 and MP4 files.

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VLC runs on any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 6.1 or later.

Browse the VLC screenshot gallery below, via Reddit.

VLC 2.4.1 changelog:

  • UI improvements
  • Reliability improvements for UPnP and WiFi Sharing
  • Updated decoders

Changes in 2.4.0:

  • Support for iPhone 6 and 6+
  • Native support for plex media servers
  • Streaming and folder support for GDrive
  • Search within the media library
  • Table view mode for library on iPad
  • Support for on-the-fly synchronization of subtitles and audio with video
  • Custom URL scheme based on x-callback-url
  • Various improvements and bugfixes
  • New translation to Traditional Chinese

The Mac edition of VLC as well as versions for other mobile and desktop platforms can be grabbed through the official website.

Grab VLC free in the App Store.

  • Noohar

    Glad to hear; my fav video playing App! Plays everything I throw at it & it just sticks to the basics but does it well.

  • Tommmy

    Didn’t notice it was gone. Good app.

  • Rohit

    Shit. Paid 10 bucks for infuse in the morning and a better one is back in the evening. Talk about bad timing.

    • Chris Wagers

      Really think VLC is better than infuse? Am I missing something?

      • Rohit

        Yes for 10 bucks

      • Chris Wagers

        Ok I understand now. I agree.

      • kled23

        but vlc dont play truHD audio,same with good player, but i dont think 10 bucks is a good deal and very expensive, u can get 8-10 apps in this price. try to refund it, u can refund ios apps within some days i think, maybe u can get it back, once refunded a game from gameloft, was refunded within few hours.

      • Rohit

        Thanks for the info. Think I will stick with infuse considering the volatile nature of vlc in the App Store. The ui of infuse is quite impressive.

      • kled23

        yes, its good, ive tried it before on a friend’s device,with best gestures for controls almost comparable to mx player in android, ive used goodplayer myself which is really good and ui almost like infuse with few differences, but for truHD or dolby audio support i prefer nplayer and one of the rare media player to have hardware acceleration support, which has glowing review in appstore, and used by many ppl and cheaper at 5$, maybe u wont buy it coz u already got infuse, but give it a try sometime if u get the chance.

  • Agru

    Does infuse use the hardware decoder?

    • Yes

      • Agru

        Great, thanks

  • Welcome back!

  • DrQuack32

    Not showing in the NZ App Store. (I am NZ based)

  • HamptonWalley

    No AC3 support? Are they kidding? Why?

  • GuyWithTheThings

    Anyone else?

  • iXanczy

    Err, how do I change back to the normal appstore?

  • KarwanGhaffari

    great really my fav MP !

  • HamptonWalley

    How about VLC Streamer? I used that earlier, but no idea if had hardware decoding support?

  • iPhoneWINS

    hmmmmm

  • TheShade247

    I still have the old vlc on my iphone, and works great

    • Oscar Fernando Mora González

      if you can, please share the .ipa

  • Smoker79

    You can get AC3 to work just don’t use any US Timezone, use a Canada Timezone for example and AC3 should work