The fabled iPlayer app looks like it will finally hit iDevices next month, the best part of a year after it was originally announced.
According to PaidContentUK, the application, which will run on all manner of Apple products including iPads, iPhones and iPods, will hit the App Store at the end of February.
An iPlayer app was first mentioned at last year’s Mobile World Congress expo. At the time, the Beeb’s Future Media and Technology Director Erik Huggers even mooted versions for Android, Nokia and BlackBerry handsets, too.
However, the application’s gestation was complicated by questions raised by the BBC Trust over whether the Corporation was acting within its remit by producing apps. Resolving that took six months, before it was decided that actually apps are exactly what the BBC should be about.
Other than on the go, on demand streaming of BBC programming, features of the iPlayer app are currently unconfirmed. But we think social networking will be at its heart.
Licensing issues are likely to prevent the option to cache shows at a later date. Although, that’d obviously be a killer function were it to happen.
As it stands, Apple’s proprietary Safari browser’s incompatibility with iPlayer means that if you want to enjoy the likes of Top Gear you’ll first need to download the Skyfire browser.