Would you like to run mobile apps or use an iOS interface on your computer? Thanks to iOS emulators for Windows you can now get the iOS (iPad or iPhone) experience on your PC. But before you run out and download an iOS emulator there are a few things to consider.
Emulators can offer an iDevice experience for PC users by allowing them to enjoy iOS features on their desktop machines. As the name indicates, these tools emulate, or recreate, a platform compatible with the application you want to use. An iOS emulator can replicate the features of an iPad/iPhone on another operating system such as Windows.
It is important to note that while emulators can offer functions from an Apple device and allow you to test some apps that are meant to work with iOS, you will not get everything that the original platform can provide.
The emulators that we list below aim to duplicate the look and functionality of iOS, but they cannot provide a complete experience. You can only expect a limited selection of features, apps and games.
Nevertheless, they can be a good option if you are looking to enjoy the feeling that iDevices offer, even when you are using a computer that runs Windows. They are also very convenient for developers that want to test their iOS apps and to save costs by using a Windows PC.
Here are some of the popular iOS emulators that you can choose from.
Genuitec’s MobieOne Studio is a great solution for developers who want to create and test their applications on iOS and Android platforms.
MobiOne Studio runs on Windows and gives you the chance of creating apps compatible with iOS, thanks to its cross-platform development model. MobiOne is so easy to use that even if you don’t have high technical skills you could build an iOS app using this emulator.
Its user-friendly interface allows you to write and run apps and games without any hassle. The cross-platform apps created using MobieOne are built on HTML5, the ultimate resource for Open Web developers and they can adapt to multiple screen sizes to suit any mobile device.
It is possible to test your MobiOne apps on iPad and iPhone emulators and you can switch between platforms. Keep in mind that MobieOne Studio is aimed at developers and focuses on offering an environment to test the apps you have created, rather than allowing you to run well-known iOS apps.
If developing apps is your main interest, you can get a 15-day free trial and for $99.95 USD, you can get a life-time individual license.
iPadian is not exactly an emulator since it does not give you the possibility of downloading or installing iOS apps. It can only imitate the iPad interface on your PC but it does not let you access the App Store to get apps for iOS.
However, you can get certain apps from a virtual app store that has compatible titles like WhatsApp, Clash of Clans, Angry Birds and Instagram. The list of available apps is quite limited but in spite of its shortcomings, iPadian is well known thanks to the fact that it provides a free and simple solution for those who want to get an iOS 7 look for their Windows PC screen.
This software requires Adobe AIR to run so you will need to install it first. iPadian works with Windows XP, 7 and 8.
This is an Adobe AIR/Adobe Flex 3 desktop application that can recreate the iPhone’s interface.
It was originally designed to allow users to make and receive calls, access voicemail and manage contacts through Ribbit, a telecommunications service that enabled developers to interact with telephone networks. However, Ribbit was acquired by BT in 2008 and the communication features it supported for AIR iPhone do not seem to be functional at this stage.
AIR iPhone mainly duplicates the appearance of an iPhone’s interface, but features like Safari or iOS apps are not available. Still, it would be a useful option for developers that want to try their apps and see what they would look like in an iOS environment. Download
Overall, iOS emulators are a technology that has a long way to go in order to become fully operational. While there are some options available, they come with many restrictions. This is understandable given the fact that Apple devices run controlled proprietary operating systems, which means that developers have less flexibility to create tools compatible with iOS.