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Using Apps on non-IOS devices?

Are there any emulators or such thing to run an iOS app on windows?

Anything like that available NT4?

(I don't make up the requirements, I just analyze them.)


NT4 is a very hard requirement. This is a common restriction for on-board avionics software. It's not in my power to overhaul a whole industry.

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marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Wuffers, alex, Sathya May 30 '11 at 5:35

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NT4??? If this is for work, find a new job. Immediately!!! Anyplace still running NT4 is no place you want to be working. – BBlake May 26 '11 at 19:36
@BBlake, ordinarily I'd agree with you, but this is a pretty special case... NT4 turns out to be a VERY common OS for on-board avionics software. And, fortunately, I don't have to develop it. – Robert Gowland May 26 '11 at 19:44
@Robert Gowland - still, I support a developer who does similar stuff (marine GPS software - but they recently upgraded to Windows 2000!), however... you can still develop and everything on modern systems, using windows NT under emulation for testing and a real system just for deployment/last minute testing... I can't understand why anyone would use NT4 in a development cycle where you don't have to! – William Hilsum May 26 '11 at 19:53
Why would you want to install any software (let alone a phone app) on to "on-board avionics" hardware? Are you trying to crash a plane by playing Angry Birds??? :) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 May 26 '11 at 20:14
@techie007 Maybe they want to play Flight Control. :) – paradd0x May 26 '11 at 20:46
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iOS itself is not available for development on Windows even. It is restricted to OS X and requires a licensing fee per year.

That being said, there are no fully functioning and updated Emulators available currently. The best way to use iOS would be to purchase a device running it, or use the iOS Simulator that is part of the developers package, for OS X only.

Also NT4 is VERY old. I think you may want to consider upgrading your computer hardware and operating system soon.

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It officially requires licenses and such, that doesn’t mean it can’t/won’t be reverse-engineered. I doubt that people who wrote emulators for game consoles bought licenses or signed NDAs. +1 for your answer, specifically for the operative term: currently. – Synetech May 26 '11 at 19:46
I do fully expect it to be reverse engineered over time. – Simon Sheehan May 26 '11 at 19:56
IOS apps can be run in the XCode device emulator without having an IOS developer account. – BryanH Oct 28 '11 at 11:12


It just isn't possible.

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Why not? I doubt that to be the case. In fact, the more popular it gets, the more drive there is to make an emulator. In fact, I’m fairly certain that I’ve already seen mentions of emulators in development environments and such (how/where do you think people write programs for them?) – Synetech May 26 '11 at 19:40
@Synetechinc.: People write programs for them on Mac OS X. – Wuffers May 26 '11 at 19:41
There is an "emulator" per se. The iOS Simulator. But it only runs on Mac. – paradd0x May 26 '11 at 19:41
I think my answer may provide a little more information to you @Syntechinc – Simon Sheehan May 26 '11 at 19:43
@Synetechinc.: Well, then why hasn't anyone made one if iOS has been out for what, four years now? – Wuffers May 26 '11 at 19:52

There are no iOS emulators for Windows. There is the iOS Simulator, but that only runs on Mac.

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