An emulator is a software that allows your device to behave like another device. In other words, it is a virtual software for your pc on which you can check how different apps will work on an actual android or ios phone. You can play your most loved game on a bigger screen and even test the apps if you are developing one.
You can find a number of android emulators for both mac and windows pc but there are rarely any for IOS. To ease your search for the same, I have listed 7 Best iOS Emulators For PC To Run IOS Apps. Just so you know, most of these are free to use but the ones that are premium have a limited free trial period. Also, iOS emulators can be a little tricky to use. So, this blog will be more useful for developer and App testers.
Appetize.io is the first one on this list because of the ease offered by this freemium (free for a limited period, with a premium version available afterward) service. It is not easy to find a solution like this. All you need to do is to upload the app you want to use on the website and you are good to go.
Appetize.io is a web service that you can use on your browser for the purpose of embedding apps in websites, testing or other phases of development. Coming to its pricing, trial period gives you 100 minutes of streaming time for apps. You can monitor your usage from the dashboard and set up alerts for when you reach your limit. After that, you can go for the premium version if you wish.
Ripple does everything like Appetize.io but as a chrome extension. It is popular for the testing cross-platform mobile and HTML5 applications without going through the complicated setup process.
The extension is absolutely free and is targeted towards platforms like PhoneGap and WebWorks. It aims to help developers by providing features like HTML, DOM Inspection, Automated Testing, JS Debugging, and more. Apps can run in different resolutions in real-time and restart is not required if you choose a new device. This makes the app pretty convenient to use.
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iOS Simulator in Xcode
In the list of best iOS emulator, we have Xcode. Xcode is apple’s homegrown software and if you use Xcode suite as primary app development, then it is sufficient to emulate different types of interactions like taps, device rotation, scrolling, and other actions performed by the user.
Mac users can directly launch their app from the Xcode project. Safari has an edge here as web apps can be tested by accessing safari directly in Xcode. If you are wondering about the pricing, it is absolutely free.
Testflight, now owned by Apple, is the official way according to apple for developers to test their apps using Xamarin.
Testflight’s extensive documentation is a plus point for this iOS emulator for PC. This free app supports apps for almost all Apple interfaces and also includes an option for beta testing of the apps before the final review. The only catch is the technical setup and needs to create an App store distribution profile.
Electric Mobile Studio
First things first, it is a paid service to test and run iOS apps on Windows PC but it has a 7 day full trial period. The app offers full-fledged emulation of iPhones, iPads, and responsive apps, and the ability to use the same product on two machines for common work setup at work and home.
This is a prior choice for some developers as the emulator has an integrated WebKit and Chrome debugging tools to make the job easy. You can add hot-key navigation keys for mapping your favorite shortcuts. It can easily be integrated with Visual Studio.
Remote iOS simulator for windows
This is yet another popular way to test iOS applications on Windows PC. It comes pre-installed with Xamarin in Visual studio and is targeted towards developers. The detailed documentation available on their website can be of great use.
The tools windows show a useful toolbar at the top that has all the useful options like home, settings, screenshot, etc. You can also enable touch ID-like functionality, and simulate moving conditions such as shaking, rotation, etc. The tool also provides iPhone-like touch gestures and stylus input.
There are many tools like iPadian which are popular for providing iPhone or iPad like experience on PC. However, iPadian lets you upload your codes and test them. iPadian will be a good choice if you simply wish to use an iOS emulator that imitates the design and appearance of iOS hardware.
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