VLC for iOS media player to relaunch on App Store after two-year absence

Apple pulled the popular VLC app from the App Store in 2011 over copyright and licensing issues, but now the media player has announced that it will officially return to iOS on 19 July.

Major changes to the free iOS app include AirPlay support, Wi-Fi uploading, Dropbox integration, third-party app integration, video playback filters for brightness, contrast, etc, and the ability to download files from the web and play network streams.

"This is more than an upgrade of the initial version: it’s a full re-write. From the ground-up," explained VideoLAN, the app's developer, on Thursday.

Read: VLC for iPhone and iPad pulled from the App Store

VLC originally launched in 2001 for desktop as a free media player and streaming media server, and users have purportedly downloaded the desktop app over 1 billion times. With such success, it's obvious that VLC would try to tackle the mobile market again by returning to the App Store. A beta Android version has existed on Google Play, though.

VLC for iOS is still rolling out internationally and will first land in Australia and New Zealand tonight. 



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