Kickstarter Project Wants to Bring iOS Apps to Android & Windows Devices, But Good Luck

Kickstarter Project Wants to Bring iOS Apps to Android & Windows Devices, But Good Luck

iEmu is a Kickstarter project from Chris Wade — one of the guy’s behind the first iPhone jailbreak — and his team, which is aiming to emulate iOS applications on Android, Mac and Windows devices. But is it really possible?

The project is being built on top of the open-source QEMU emulator, but according to TechCrunch, it’s not going to be an easy one. In addition to finding a way of emulating the Apple A4 chip built into the current iPhone 4 — which the team claims to have done — they’ve also got the emulate a number of other iPhone components, including the GPU, USB controller, multitouch controller, the memory, the audio system, and all of the secondary components like Bluetooth and GPS.

So it’s by no means going to be easy, which is why Chris is hoping to raise $20,000 to support the project. That money will go towards living expenses for 3+ months, as well as costs incurred from hosting and the production and shipping of Kickstarter rewards.

Of course, Apple already makes an iOS emulator of its own, but unfortunately it only works on a Mac… and there’s another issue, noted by TechCrunch:

Apple’s iOS testing system is a simulation, not an emulation. While it looks like iOS and acts like iOS, Apple’s simulator isn’t actually running a virtualized version of iOS. It’s a trivial difference for 99.9% of the world (and even the very vast majority of iOS developers) — but for a tiny chunk of people (security engineers digging for system flaws, for example), the difference is massive.

Once Chris and his team raise that $20,000, and then work out how to emulate all those components, the battle to bring iOS apps to other platforms is going to remain a tough one — especially if Apple’s legal department catch wind of this. But the idea certainly gets us excited.

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  • scottdot

    How do you get an actual “license” to run iOS to begin with? Why would backers want to support something that is so far in the legal gray area? You know Team Cupertino is not going to let this happen.

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  • prof_peabody

    Yes.  The legality of the project is always going to be controlled by Apple.  Why would anyone invest money in a project that ultimately has no control over it’s fate?  

  • Aufdenschlips

    kickstarter, really?

    where is the unique artistic value in porting apps??

    kickstarter is just a lame scam

  • Adrian Werner

    I’m actualy pretty surprised there’s no emulation of iOS for Windows yet. iOS hardware is so weak (in comparision to PC one) that it shouldn’t be a problem.  I guess it just lacks hardcore games, as it’s always been the gaming nutjobs that developed the best emus. I mean, they even made perfect PS2 emulator, which ought to have been far harder to pull off than emulating anything inside iPhone could.

  • iDaBoss

    for lulz

  • iDaBoss

    what a dick

  • Aufdenschlips

    yeah, thanks, it´s lovely and big

    but what has that to do with the topic

  • humbleagent

    If any inventors out there are
    considering their own Kickstarter projects, you might want to check
    out this Kickstarter “how to” video at http://bit.ly/kikpat4
    Based on a talk to the CT Inventors Association in July.

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