IOS emulator for Android = Apple's end?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by TheComposer, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. TheComposer macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2011
    Hey, this is kind of controversial, and a personal opinion too, let me know yours:)

    Well, probably you've heard that some hackers, developers, etc, etc, are constantly trying (And failing it seems) to port IOS into PC, Android, etc, i know there are legal issues that won't allow them to do it "freely" if you know what i mean, but...

    I'm kind of waiting/expecting somebody finally do it, there was a project called IEmu (Cancelled i must say) that was intended to do this. But it doesn't mean some other people are already trying this, if they bypass the legal barriers to port them into whatever device, that'll end the Apple reign:p. More specifically, an APP emulator could work for this purpose.

    Now, imagine this, Apple's apps on a 4, 4.3, 4.7, 5 screen smartphone!!! if you want Apple only for apps, then you could easily get a Samsung product and use them from there, that's the whole point of the thread.

    Any thoughts?:apple:
  2. ericrwalker macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY
    That's like saying making a hackint0sh will put the mac out of business.

    Not to mention, there isn't another phone out there with the quality hardware as my iPhone4...except maybe the 4S.
  3. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Bypass the legal barriers? You can't bypass them. Apple would go nuts and sue who ever makes it into oblivion.
  4. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    So this emulator is going to scale the apps to the larger screen and make them look like crap and put Apple out of business?

  5. iDuel, Oct 25, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2011

    iDuel macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2011
    No way. An emulator would never work as fluidly as the official iOS on supported hardware. Just look at the hackintosh; it's a pain to find the supported hardware PLUS you have to worry about an update bricking the system.

    It may be a coinsedence, but what's up with people creating new accounts to start android vs. iOS/ PC vs Mac
  6. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

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  7. marcusj0015 macrumors 65816

    Aug 29, 2011
    You can't port an OS you don't have the source code to...

    not to mention Apple would sue them like crazy. and the fact that people want iOS devices not for the apps, although that helps, but for the interface and ease of use (minus the stupid ass layout)
  8. TheComposer thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2011
    Well, i'm just saying that eventually will happen, under the water if it has too.

    I know there are reasons right now to make it impossible to do, but it'll happen, just as any other developer can emulate consoles, etc, etc.

    And then they'll adjust the screen size too.

    Easy as this, if i had it right now, i'd buy a Samsung phone and use the IOS apps, that's the point.
  9. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    I currently use a Samsung SGS2 for a specific reason relating to Exchange Emails and security policies but before that I had an iPhone, 3G, 3GS and 4. If I wanted to run iOS on my phone, I'd get an iPhone 4S - there is no advantage that I can see in anyone wanting to run a half baked version of iOS on a device it wasn't designed to work on.

    There are several reasons this is a complete non-starter IMO

    Firstly, there are no Android devices that have the same resolution as an iPhone, so everything would be scaled and look like crap

    Secondly, anyone even attempting to release a working iOS for Android would be sued so fast they wouldn't know what had hit them

    Thirdly, why would you want an App emulator - there aren't many mainstream apps that are on iOS that aren't on Android apart from games and they would be completely pointless under an emulated environment

    Fourthly, a lot of people buy Android phones specifically because they run android (strange concept, I know) - either because they can do something on Android they can't do on iOS (like me wanting to partition my work Exchange mail away from my personal mail and avoid getting my phone wiped by my employer), or they simply prefer Android. Even if someone released this and it worked perfectly (which would never happen), what makes you think millions of Android users would suddenly jump to iOS? The cost of entry to iOS is no higher than Android nowadays...

    If you want to run iOS get an iPhone. If you want to run Android, get an Android Phone
  10. Invincibilizer macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2011

    If it does come out I would be willing to use it, after all I only use my ipods for the apps.

    Imagining iOS on a Nexus Galaxy or GS2!!!! WOW
  11. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    This. People buy Apple hardware for the "it just works" principle. An Android device running a ported/emulated iOS is not going to "just work". Sure, a few die-hard techies might use it, but not the vast majority of Apple's users.

    If you think that's going to happen, you obviously have no sense of who's buying Apple products. Tip: people like us are the tiny minority of Apple's customers.
  12. Rubo Draco macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2011
    I saw on twitter that someone is working on an Android emulator for iOS... Does that mean the end of Android?
  13. takeshi74, Oct 25, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2011

    takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Doubtful. I'm not aware of any emulator that has killed anything. It's not just software that drives sales of Apple's products.

    That's fine and dandy. The market isn't driven by your preferences (or that of any one person) alone. One data point does not make a trend. It doesn't even make a straight line if you remember any of your math. How much of the overall market do you represent?
  14. Dewaine macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2011
    Call me crazy, but I'll buy some Apple stock, and see what happens. Between the iPod/iPhone/iPad killer syndrom and other rants of doom, I have found that while the others come and go, for some reason the iPod/iPhone/iPad stay.

    Maybe more sensational attention getting media? You think?
  15. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    In Steve Jobs's words: "This is ****."
  16. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    Emulators for any given platform have more often than not existed on whatever the competing platform is. Not once has anyone been seriously affected by them. They are the playthings of techie nerds and not 99.9% of consumers, mostly because the experience they provide is utter crap and difficult to set up.
  17. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    I buy for the hardware, the software and the seamless experience. Not for spec sheets and giant screens. I am not alone.
  18. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    It's already been done. But of course it's buggy and only for 2G & 3G iPhones.
  19. Duperman macrumors newbie


    Oct 13, 2011
  20. ericrwalker macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY
    Not sure if that was directed toward me, but I think that's pretty much what I already said. :confused:
  21. RafaelT macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2010
    Lakeland, FL
    No, that would just mean it would be a much better experience :D
  22. srazz macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2010

    Its the hardware that really separates the iPhone from the rest. Just last night at dinner I looked over at another table and a guy had one of those Andriod phones. Well, he was poking away at the screen and then, oops. Had to remove the battery and reboot the phone. :D

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