Running iPhone Apps on your computer... is it possible?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by doc412, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2008
    I just bought the Netter Anatomy application and it works great on the iphone. I was wondering if there is a way to use this application on my computer.

    Does there exist a computer program that simulates the iphone so that I can run this app from my computer. If so, where can I download it?

  2. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2008
    dont think so, iphone apps are built for the iPhone OS.

    The only possible way i can think of it working would be through the SDK iPhone Simulator, but ive never even delved into those parts so i dont even know if it work work.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2003
    The only one that I know of is the emulator they bundle with the SDK.

    I don't think you can get it any other way.

    In addition to that, I would like to get my hands on the video screen capture that they use. :)
  4. macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    Not directly. The iPhone uses a different processor architecture than your Mac (ARM vs x86 or PPC), thus you'd need an emulator.

    You can download the iPhone simulator as part of the iPhone SDK from Apple's developer site.
  5. macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2008
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2008
    Near a bunch of T-Rex
    Which one?
  7. macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    There is not a way to do it. The SDK application compiles your app to run on the computer. The iPhone apps are already compiled for the iPhone. Thus you would need a decompiler (doesn't exist) and then you would need to recompile it to run on your computer.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2009
    The screen capture is simple, hold the Home buttom and the power button. It will save a screenshot to your photoalbums
  9. macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    You resurrected a year-old thread to give this completely irrelevant advice? He said *video* capture, not image capture.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Bloomington, Illinois
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2009
    OOps. My bad. *looks at calendar* Holly molly! 2010?!
    Time travel has an effect on the eyes you know.
  12. macrumors demi-god


    Apr 20, 2009
  13. macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    The SDK simulator will not work, because it is a simulator.

    A simulator just runs native code (on your PC:x86) and has libraries built to run on that. A developer has to compile a specific build for it to work.

    An emulator interprets the byte code (arm) into native (x86). Since app binaries are compiled for Arm then you would need an actual emulator, which none exist.

    Edit:haha, just realized this was a dead post....and has already been resurrected twice.ill leave my post for reference anyways.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2010
    I think he is talking about video recording.
  15. macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2011
    Under your bed.
    Holy three-year-old thread, Batman. These spambots are getting ridiculous.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2012
    Thanks for resuscitating the dead thread - was looking for something like this
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2010
  18. macrumors 68020

    Dec 30, 2010
    Original thread was 2008/2009.

    A year later, Sep 2010 it comes back, then goes dead again.

    Nov 2011 it gets a new life.

    Then, Sept 2012 it comes back again.

    Only thing less sensible is the idiot that just wasted 2 minutes typing this.
  19. macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
    Man this forum is dedicated. Guy asks a question in 2008 and in 2012 someone comes back to answer it when the thing he's asking for is finally available :D
  20. macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2012
    ipad ipod emulator made easy.

    Bringing it further back from the grave....

    This is a simple task to do. You installed it and it pops up and looks, acts, and functions like an IPAD or IPOD depending which version you download. You can install apps and run them like they were made to run on an Ipod/Ipad.

    There is even an Andriod version that does the same. No running around with this and that. Just install and then install your games and apps and have fun!!

    go to and click the link "emulators" and then choose which one you want. You should have at least a 2 ghz CPU with 2 Gb ram. Will run on slower systems but that is what is recommended. Happy Emulating!!
  21. macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2012
    The above was written in October, 2012. Now, in December, 2012, does not contain any reference to "emulators."

    A search on the web has not been successful in finding such a thing.

    I want to run a calendaring app and synchronize it with someone else's iPhone, using possibly SimplyUs or Leave Now, or both. I feel this might be possible if I could run the apps on my computer, but all the apps do when I click on them is open up the iTunes store.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2013
    Can you believe it

    you know after 5 years you may have realized someone has probably made a similar app for windows :D
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2014
    My gosh!

    I can't believe this thread...does anything like this exist yet? hahaha
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2010
    Maybe this thread will even exist in 2114, revived every year. :D

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  25. macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2014
    The year is 2014... and here is yet another post on this thread! It has only been what... eight years?

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