VLC Media Player is headed to the iPhone and is currently waiting for App Store approval. Applidium released the iPad version about a month ago and is now readying a universal update to the popular video player. Only the most current generations of iPhone and iPod Touch have the enough horsepower to decode movies with a fast enough frame rate to be enjoyable, for now. New features Applidium have included with this update are:
- 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!
VLC is well known for being able to handle just about any video format available. If Apple would allow developers access to more advanced iOS features, users might actually be able to watch 720p movies on their iPhones. When Apple releases iOS 4.2 with Airplay support next month, the ability to watch HD video will become more apparent. Watching HD movies on a 3.5” screen currently isn’t a big deal, but when users can finally stream video to large screen TV’s, HD quality video will make a big difference.
As more and more media formats become compatible with portable devices, users will finally have the freedom to save their video files any way they want to. I’ve always thought portable devices should be able to play anything you throw at them. Now that’s one step closer to reality.
Source: Cult of Mac