iPhone Apps on iPhone Simulator

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by sbandol, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. sbandol macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    Hi all,

    Somebody know if its possible to run a app downloaded from itunes on iPhone Simulator?

    Or maybe is there another way to run iphone apps on mac?

  2. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    It won't work.

    iPhone Simulator = Intel
    iPhone = ARM
  3. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    The iPhone Simulator is for Intel ia32/x86 CPU's. ARM code won't run on it. XCode compiles completely different object code for the Simulator and for the device. Only the device code for ARM CPU's is uploaded to the App Store.
  4. factoryjoe macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2008
    Not this this is all that helpful, but I discovered that if you take on the .IPA files in ~/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications and send it through File Juicer, a .ZIP file will result that has the mobile application embedded in it.

    I dragged this application into the iPhone Simulator which of course caused the simulator to crash. Again, I don't know that this is helpful at all, but if you figured out a way to get around the "compiled for one processor problem" (heh, yeah right) you might be able to run apps in the simulator.
  5. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    You would have to write a disassembler that can disassemble ARM binaries into something that will build for Intel, then rebuild it.

    Yeah, it won't happen. Maybe just go find some Open Souce apps and download them and install them in the simulator after you build them with Xcode. ;)
  6. coolruss macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2008
    Isn't the whole point of having an emulator to be able to emulate the hardware environment. In this case that being the iPhone ARM device.

    If the emulator is a true emulator we should be able to run the apps.
  7. MadGoat macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2007
    It's not actually an iPhone emulator, rather it's an iPhone simulator. it's designed to simulate an iphones environment but not emulate the processor.

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