First it was the removal of Launcher, the app that allowed you to launch apps (and even GBA4iOS games) via URL Scheme in Notification Center, and now our precious emulators found outside the App Store. Apple is setting their eyes on the emulators community, starting by making the now-famous Date Trick completely obsolete in an upcoming update.
iOS 8.1 beta was seeded to developers yesterday and it’s already causing panic among iOS emulator aficionados. It was reported to me almost immediately by a source that the date trick wasn’t helping at all in installing GBA4iOS 2.0 and worry started to set in.
The Date Trick fuels the emulator communities nowadays, iEmulators.com relies on this to continue distribution. Without it, everything looks bleak. Without GBA4iOS 2.0, everything seems… well, sad. Will iOS 8.0.2 become our perpetual purgatory so that we can continue to enjoy these things?
Unsurprisingly so, this was a long-time coming; we knew this would one day arrive. After the Date Trick became famous earlier last year our panic subsided and we learned to live a period of peace knowing that even though some of our favorite emulators’ certificates were revoked by Apple, we could still install these emulators by rolling our date back - we came to believe it was something that would last. Apple, it seems, had other plans.
It is still unconfirmed whether this a permanent thing come next beta update, but it all seems to spell one thing: Apple is slowly killing everything we love.
Oh cool the date trick to install GBA4iOS doesn’t work on iOS 8.1 awesome thanks Apple— Riley Testut (@rileytestut)September 30, 2014
Dang, just as I feared. Date trick is dead on iOS 8.1. Let’s cross fingers it’s only this beta.— Dario Sepulveda (@mithical)September 30, 2014