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Apple Wants to Kill Your Emulator in iOS 8.1

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Apple is going to block a loophole that allowed people to play classic video games and run unapproved apps on iOS 8 without jailbreaking. If you love yourself an emulator, you're going to want to hold off on updating to iOS 8.1.

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People were using something called a "date trick" to install console emulators, where they would move back the date and time at least two months on an iPad or iPhone and then download the emulator on Safari. Before this trick, you had to jailbreak an iOS device to enjoy an emulator.

Losing this loophole will cut down the growing iOS emulator community, since the easy trick meant casual classic gaming fans who don't want to jailbreak their phones were actually able to install emulators. Popular emulator sites like iEmulator, for instance, relied on the date trick.

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It's not like Apple is closing this loophole just to be a dick. Nintendo can't be too thrilled about people playing bootlegged versions of SNES on their phones, and allowing emulators could create an issue between the two. Plus, Apple has been criticized for various security failures, and it's their prerogative to close as many holes as possible.

Still, it's sad to see something that brought joy to people and didn't really cause any harm. In the meantime, jailbreaking is once again more relevant than ever. [Cult of Mac]

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DISCUSSION

I hate to be that guy but... if emulators are something you want access too, then just buy a device on which you can actually install them. Inability to install apps that haven't been explicitly approved by Apple is one of the biggest downsides to iOS devices, so if that's something you care about, then don't get an iOS device. You can easily put emulators on Android and Windows devices (well, Windows computers/tablets anyways, I'm not sure if emulators exist for Windows Phone).

Though it is probably good that Apple is closing this loophole, this emulator issue is an unfortunate side effect, but that loophole was a security issue that needed fixing.