I'm looking for an iOS emulator for Windows. I would like this software to meet the following requirements:

  • Works on Windows 10
  • Emulates latest iOS (Currently, 9)
  • Runs iOS apps
  • Emulates an iPad
  • Interface is English

Some features that are not requirements but wanted are:

  • Can emulate either/both an iPhone and an iPad mini
  • Gratis
  • Has access to the App Store
  • AFAIK there aren't any (any that actually work, I mean). Even Apple doesn't make one. (The Android development kit comes with an emulator: a program that emulates the hardware of a phone/tablet, on which the actual OS is running. Apple's devkit comes with a simulator: you can compile your source code to link against libraries that provide the iOS APIs and run that on your x86 processor.) Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 21:18
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    @Gilles Sure, I haven't heard of any myself, but I figured if anyone did, this would be the place to ask
    – Tom
    Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 21:25

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There is absolutely no possible way that you can run iOS 9, with the full App Store at all, if a solution did exist, I'd be really surprised.

The closest to get iOS on a PC is to install Mac OS X in a virtual machine (that is if your PC is even compatible), then using the Mac App Store to install Xcode(which is a software development it). Xcode comes with a iOS simulator. Then you'd make a blank iOS app within Xcode, and run it. This would open the iOS simulator, and therefore have a iOS simulator/emulator.

This would take a while to setup and depending on your PC specs, might not work. Also, you'd need a Mac OS X ISO file and a copy of VMware or VirtualBox. So depending on how important this is, it might not be worth it.


As far as I am aware, there are no emulators that will actually emulate a real iPhone/Pad. There is iPadian (I have never used it), which says that it will run iOS apps, but that appears to have its own app store, and it certainly looks nothing like iOS.

  • Exactly, they do have their own app store with a very limited amount of apps, moreover they have no way that I could find to use my own app and at least in the past it has contained malware :/ (I don't know if it still does but if anyone were to use it, run it in either a sandbox or vm)
    – Tom
    Commented Nov 28, 2015 at 14:44

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