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IOS emulators

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|title = iOS
|logo = IOS.png
|developer = [[Apple Inc.]]
|release = 2007-present
|emulated = {{✗}}
iPhone devices started the smartphone craze which would go on to replace conventional mobile phones in both Japan (which had its own subset of cell phones) and the rest of the world, with more advanced touch-controlled devices.
Unlike their direct competitor, [[Android emulators|Android-based smartphones]], they currently have currently '''no usable emulators''', as the official iOS SDK (macOS-only) only allows for running your own projects, i.e. they run code generated for an x86 target rather than ARM code as used by iOS. However some emulators e.g. [[BlackThunder]], make use of such the simulator in the iOS SDK to run a few chosen iOS apps that are recompiled for x86.BlackThunder (Chinese:黑雷模拟器),[ website] is a closed source, commercial iOS simulator that can run a few commercial iOS apps. Unlike previous emulation trails, BlackThunder firstly loads a highly trimmed Hackintosh image via VirtualBox, which loads Xcode and an iOS simulator into it, then runs iOS apps that are decompiled and recompiled for the x86 architecture.
==History of Failed iOS Emulation Attempts==
Many of the currently available '''"simulators"''' only try recreating popular iOS apps (like browsers) in a PC application with no real emulation involved. Some notable [[Emulator scams|scams]] in such fashion are called '''iPadian''' or variations on the name, and are often '''malware'''.
* There was also a project based on [[QEMU]] that usually went around by the name QEMU-s5l89xx (based on the part number of the original iPhone), or iVM. The last known commits to this project were in 2013, and it is unclear if this project will ever come to fruition.
Your best bet, until a new emulation effort is ever started, is to hope for whatever iOS app you are interested in, to have an Android port. Which is often sadly not the case (until very recently) for the vast majority of the older game apps, especially Japanese ones - as the Android is perceived often to be the more piracy-friendly platform. That appears to be gradually changing lately and isn't as much concern for non-gaming apps, but the older apps are unlikely to get ported for the most part.
iOS apps are distributed in the IPA format. Like its Android counterpart, APK files, they can be opened as a regular zip file most of the time and their contents dissected this way.
[[Category:IOS iOS emulators]][[Category:ConsolesMobiles]]
[[Category:Not yet emulated]]

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