Friday, May 24, 2024

Drama about emulators on the App Store has only just begun

The weekend drama surrounding emulation on the App Store isn’t the first one, and it won’t be the last. Here’s what you need to know about emulators in the App Store and the complexities surrounding them.

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Emulation is coming to the App Store – eventually

To make a long weekend saga short, a developer released a GameBoy Advance emulator called iGBA onto the App Store. However, this was, in essence, a clone of GBA4iOS and the follow-on Delta. The latter of which has already been approved for distribution in the European Union.

Apple let it sit for a few days, seemingly unaware of the situation — until it gained media attention. Then, on Sunday, Apple killed it with vague reasoning about copyright violations and advertising spam at the time.

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