Possibility of other tablets running iOS apps

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  1. jtrosky

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    I'm curious - I'm wondering why we haven't seen other tablet devices (Android-based devices, for example) setup in a way where they can actually run iOS apps as well as their native apps.

    It would be huge for a competitor to have access to the iOS app library...

    I guess what I'm asking is if you think an Android device could eventually be setup to also run iOS apps with some sort of iOS emulator or something? I know it's not available right now, but just curious if it's even realistically (or legally) possible?

    Any thoughts?
     
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    Will not happen as Apple will not licence the iOS to other vendors it is that simple
     
  3. jtrosky

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    What about a non-official way (in other words, illegally)? Not that I'm condoning that or anything, but again, I'm more interested in if it is technically possible (realistically)?

    If it is possible, I guess I'm just a little surprised that we haven't seen any sort of "underground" iOS-emulator that lets you run iOS apps, regardless of the legality of it...
     
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    No it is not possible
     
  5. jtrosky

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    Just curious - WHY is in not possible? Because of the A5 architecture? Not trying to be difficult - just try to understand why it's not possible. I see emulators for other things, why not an iOS emulator?
     
  6. graywolf

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    Apple incroporates each app from the app store with a code. You authorize your iPad and apple checks to make sure those codes are matching with what you bought through iTunes and app store. Other operating systems don't get approval from apple, therefore the app won't run. (correct me if I am wrong)
     
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    Which is why said emulator would need to emulate a jailbroken ipad to use cydia ;)

    I would not call it impossible, just unlikely. And difficult. I would also like to add difficult. Maybe mix in a little bit of "not going to be as smooth so why bother".

    But, stranger things have happened.
     
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    I think the bottom line is it would be illegal guys. You would have to crack the apps DRM to run them on another device. It's almost unthinkable that a developer could code an IOS emu from scratch without using any Apple copyrighted code. Possible, but just far too challenging and time consuming a task.
    Nice idea though.
     
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  9. jtrosky

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    It just seems that other device makers are always getting the "yeah, but there are no apps yet!" line...

    Just think if they could say that their device will also run all iOS apps - it would be a HUGE win - I'm just a little surprised that someone hasn't come up with a way yet (even if it was just in the "underground"!).

    Oh well, it was nice to dream for a while...
     
  10. graywolf

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    That pretty much sums it up. :)
     

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