iEmu is the Best iOS Emulator Around

By , Aug 18, 2011

There are a lot of Kickstarter projects out there, and this is by far one of the best. iEmu is a project started by Chris Wade, who also happens to be jailbreak developer. Apple currently provides an iDevice simulator to developers, but it is lacking in a lot of areas, including only being able to run apps developed by the developer that’s testing.

iEmu is an emulator that can emulate any iDevice, including the Apple TV. What makes iEmu so special is that it is cross-platform. This includes the Mac, PC, iOS, and even Android…

What’s nice about iEmu is that it runs in an emulated environment, and it can run any applications, without the need of a jailbreak. It can also run iPhone/iPad apps, and has support for the Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and GPS.

I talked to Chris to ask if it can be jailbroken, and I was told yes. One thing I like in the emulator is that you can restore the emulator in iTunes through USB emulation.

If you want to help contribute to this project, you can donate here. You can also see the current status of the project here.

What are your thoughts on iEmu? Leave it in the comments below.

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  • rdqronos

    Now, here’s a question – what iOS version would the emulator run? And could it be downgraded to, say, 1.0? I like the fact that it can be jailbroken, that’s a good way for jailbreak developers to test their software on every iDevice.

  • Jimmy

    How is this interesting or useful for any1 but a developer, seriously !!

    • Isaac

      It means that now you might not need to jailbreak to get free apps. If that’s not interesting for you then why do you read this blog?

  • ByteNapple

    Maybe someone will create an emulator for Lion so that we can experience all the wonders of the ‘most advanced operating system’ on our pcs

    • Pn2bade

      You already can install Mac operating systems on certain PC hardware.

      • Cristian

        Hackintosh

  • http://twitter.com/geekinit geekinit

    Cool. I assume the emmulator is arm architecture. The iPhone simulator provided with Xcode only runs x86 compilations of iPhone apps..

  • Gavin Kimber

    if its current state is unuasble, then it is hardly the best ios emulater around then, is it?! You can’t go making claims that its the best and it does this or that if it doesn’t work, can you!!

    • ijin wille

      I agree. Saying “the best emulator” about a non-functional piece of code – that is too much even for TV ads.
      Also note that iemu developers started 15 parallel projects and completed 5% in each of them (it only took them a year or two). This is not wise. They should focus their afford on one device at a time. So, working iemu might be released as early as 2030-2050 AD.

  • CL Smoove

    Stupid article about a useless piece of vapourware. By the way, did you know that I am developing a program that can emulate any electronic device including the iwatch and idog.

    • Erik V

      Yes and I am working on an app that 3D prints gold coins. It is THE BEST one out there, even though I haven’t gotten it to really make any gold yet.

  • Jeremiah Styles

    Any update on this?

  • Doccus

    What a misrepresentative article about what is, apparently, nothing more than vaporware. There hasn’t been a damn thing done on it since August 2011, almost nothing is functional, and even the kernel is a “WIP” . To say it “can do” a bloody thing is a blatant fantasy. The reality is that a great many people out there need a FUNCTIONAL iOS emulator, and there’s already a huge head start in the Apple iPhone iPad emulator. All it would require would be an interface between the app and the simulator to build any app so that they could run. Even taking cues from it in order to build an emulator would work. Nobody can tell me that it’s harder to build an emulator than it is to write an OS from scratch, and yet in less than a year or two several device OS’s have been written, and there’s plenty of places to start from.
    Many of us need a working iOS emulatior and are sick of waiting for someone to get off the pot and write one…

    • John

      Why don’t you write it yourself, you entitled brat, instead of expecting somebody else to do it for you.

      • Doccus

        Whatever, but I’m not claiming to have written one in the first place. You’re not going to get a very sympathetic response by being a rude d**head either..Perhaps my words were unnecessarily harsh, but they only echo EVERY OTHER comment made here.. Furthermore, when I checked into the project *to contribute*, incidentally, .. so that throws your rude self righteousnous outa the water,the last UPDATE was 3 years ago. It looks like it’s dead in the water, and so it the article. Neither I, nor anyone else is going to contribute to a kickstarter project that hasn’t submitted an update in 3 years.

  • Jancox13

    bitch please … this app not even can be used and u said the best emulator ?
    you stay too much in jungle… buddy

    sorry … I am a progammer too and I don’t like your article title