iPad owners will finally be able to watch their BBC favourites on their tablets without resorting to sneaky workarounds, with the impending release of the official iPlayer app.
Incompatibility with Apple’s stock Safari browser means that right now if you want to watch the iPlayer on your slate you need to grab Skyfire first.
However, those days are about to end. According to a tweet from Geoff Marshall, Interactive Operations Manager at the Beeb, the long-awaited iPlayer app is finally landing in the App Store on Thursday (February 10th).
Perhaps not surprisingly given the huge strain the service places on bandwidth, the app is available for browsing only when used with a 3G connection. But you can catch up with the broadcaster’s programmes when you’re using wireless home broadband
Marshall stated: “iPlayer App for iPad is being released this Thursday - 10th Feb. 3G connection is browse only. Browse+Playback requires Wi-Fi.”
Alas, there was no word from the BBC man, who leaked the news after attending an official briefing, on when or whether we can expect an iPhone iPlayer app. A US version of the iPad app is due in April and, unlike the totally free edition for us blessed Brits, will be subscription-based.