Good news everyone! An update to the VLC application that was accepted into the App Store just under a month ago is currently under review. The update will add universal support, allowing it to work on the iPhone 3GS/4 and the iPod Touch 3g/4 in addition to the iPad. (Sorry, older models just don’t have the oomph.) The developers have also been working hard to improve playback as well as codec support, so if you though it was too buggy the first time around, give it another chance.
Concerning this new version, here are a few interesting facts:
- Playback should be smoother than the previous version. Indeed, we’ve enabled low-level assembly optimizations to use the ARMv7 core of the Apple A4 processor as efficiently as possible.
- It’s still not possible to use the hardware video decoder, so unfortunately in most cases 720p video still won’t play smoothly.
- Unfortunately, we couldn’t support older iPhones and iPods. You’ll need either an iPhone 3GS or an iPhone 4 (or a same-generation iPod). The reason is actually pretty simple : based on our tests, the older iPhones (3G and Edge) don’t have enough power to properly decode most movies.
- We’re supporting a lot more video extensions. Also, as many of you requested, it’s also now possible to open attachments from Mail or Safari (or any other applications actually) in VLC!
If all goes smoothly, the updated version should soon appear in the App Store.