What is an emulator?
Emulators are virtual programs that recreate an OS on a different machine. DOSBox allows users to play old DOS games on modern Windows PC’s by emulating the unique architecture of the system. There are many emulators available for several platforms. They range from small, homebrewed programs which usually come free to more sophisticated software which also allows you to input live code and modify a program on the fly.
Most developers use an emulator to test their apps on a large scale because it can run on the same machines used to develop the apps and it minimizes cost. The more advanced one allow the developer to debug faulty apps, a valuable tool when you need to publish the next big app.
You don’t own an iDevice but you heard lots of good things about the apps available for them and want to test them for yourself we have you covered. On this list you will find the best emulators for testing the Apple Store without leaving your home
Ipadian is the closest you can get to the full iOS experience on both Windows and Android. In includes awesome features such as Siri, TvOS, iMessages and much more. The interface is very intuitive and user-friendly. Only some apps work on it but it is still highly popular.
- Mobione Studio
Mobione Studio is great for both app testing and app developing. It also allows you to test beta apps and even enable status notifications. It is no longer officially supported but can be still downloaded for personal use. It is compatible with all the devices made by Apple.
- AIR iPhone
AIR iPhone is an Adobe AIR application that recreates the iPhone user interface on your desktop. The program is mainly geared towards developers in order to test apps but it will give you glimpse of how an Apple smartphone works. It requires the AIR framework in order to use it but the program is available for free on the official Adobe site.
- iPhone Simulator
A great problem for most apps is how to emulate games. This one has excellent graphic quality and it allows o enjoy all the features of an iPhone on your desktop. It is also free to download and use.
- Xamarin Testflight
Xamarin is very well-known for the advanced support and high quality of their programs. This emulator is easy to download and install and great for testing modern apps. It is certified by Apple as an official testing platform and it will certainly work on your system.
- Electric Mobile Studio
It is a paid alternative and the price is quite steep but you get the full bang for your buck. In addition to running apps you can also create your own apps if you have the proper knowledge. Do keep in mind that it is resource-intensive so you need a beefy computer in order to run at full potential. A 7 day free trial is available and should you commit, subscription starts at $39.99 per month.
- Ripple Emulator
Used mostly for testing apps, it also allows you to play some games. Since it is a Google Chrome Extension, installation is seamless and there are no problems to be had. It is also compatible with allt the versions of iOS. Many geeks and developers love it so it is a sure bet for playing those awesome looking games.
So here you are. Somewhere on this list the right emulator for you awaits to be downloaded and used. They are all available on their official pages, which are one Google search away. Feel free to test them all in order to see which one is the best for you.