It's taken an awful long time to happen but it looks like the fabled BBC iPlayer app is finally about to land for iOS devices.
The iPlayer app was first announced a whole year ago, and at the time seemed like a no-brainer coming together of two of the most popular brands in the digital world. But it wasn't to be – the BBC Trust first had to grant permission before the app could go public, and so the wait began.
Not that the Beeb's moral overseer needs to shoulder too much of the blame. It ran the rule over the iPlayer app, as well as dedicated news and sport apps, in good time, and gave the green light for the apps to go ahead as much as six months ago.
But while the iPlayer itself has gone from strength to strength recently, smashing previous records over the festive season, the iPlayer app has kept us waiting.
According to PaidContent, however, that wait is just about over, and the dedicated iPlayer app for iOS will launch next month. iDevice users have, of course, been able to watch iPlayer content via the web in the interim – mobile users made up 4% of iPlayer page requests in December – but the dedicated app will work far more seamlessly with the Apple iOS interface, PaidContent says.
As for other mobile users, there's no sign when the iPlayer app will cross the platform divide to put smiles on the faces of Android, Symbian and WinPho 7 TV-lovers, but at least with the red tape of the BBC Trust out the way, the wait should hopefully not be too long.