The BBC has launched an iPlayer app for the iPhone and iPod Touch which includes the ability to stream programs over a 3G connection.
Previously, unlike Android and BlackBerry users, iPhone owners had to make do with the mobile web version of the service rather than a dedicated app. Now however the iPhone app goes one better than the Android and BlackBerry versions and includes the ability to stream programs over 3G – rather than just wi-fi.
According to the BBC, the app – compatible with iOS devices running version 4.3 or higher – will use adaptive bitrate technology to detect the strength of your 3G or wi-fi connection and adjust video quality accordingly to provide the best possible experience.
The BBC has also announced it will be introducing 3G streaming to the mobile web version for all supported devices ‘shortly’ – as well as promising an update to the Android app (including adding 3G streaming) in the new year.
The app, available through Apple’s App Store, is free to download.