Sunday, April 14, 2024

Game Boy Emulator Now Available on iPhone Following App Store Rule Change

 Apple changed its App Store rules last week, seemingly allowing game emulators on the iPhone for the first time.

Following this policy change, the first emulator app has now appeared in the store. iGBA is a free Game Boy game emulator for iPhone and iPad, which can indeed load and play downloaded ROMs on the device — a category of apps that was definitely rejected by Apple two weeks ago.

The developers of iGBA clearly took advantage of the surprising rule change. This app is a slow copy of the open-source project GBA4iOS, albeit monetized with embedded ads.

Nevertheless, this is a feature-rich emulator. You can indeed download Game Boy Advance or Game Boy Color ROMs from the web, then 'Open in' iGBA to start playing them. Save states, customizable virtual controllers, haptic settings, and AirPlay external display projection are all available here.

The changes to the App Store rules are somewhat ambiguous regarding whether it will allow installations through sideloaded ROMs, as the language refers to licensed emulation programs within host apps.

However, assuming the approval of iGBA wasn't a reviewer error, there seems to be no limitation on the functionality of loading ROMs, and as a result, the App Store is now an open season for game emulators to exist and thrive.

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