The long-awaited BBC iPlayer application for Apple's iPhone and iPad will reportedly be released next month.

Plans for the iPlayer app were first revealed by the BBC in November 2009, but the service was subsequently delayed along with apps for BBC News and BBC Sport following objections from the industry.

The BBC Trust approved all the apps last July, but the iPlayer version has still not materialised on Apple's mobile devices.

However, according to paidContent:UK, the BBC's popular catch-up service will soon become available on Apple's iOS operating system.

The launch will most probably occur before Erik Huggers, the head of future media and technology, leaves the BBC to join Intel at the end of February.

The online iPlayer is currently available on the iPhone and iPad, but the app version is expected to offer a better quality experience and extra features, such as social sharing options.