Apple Is Slowly Killing Everything We Love

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. 

Open some of your favorite GBA4iOS games right through Notification Center on iOS 8!

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Update: The app used in this article has been taken down by Apple, citing they don’t want apps that do this in their store. 

iOS 8 may not look that much different from iOS 7 on the outside, but on the inside, it contains a ton of new features that now allow developers to take advantage of previously restricted areas.

One of these areas included Notification Center. Of course developers could always use it to inform you of new updates, messages, requests, and tweets, but never quite like this.

On iOS 8, developers are now able to add widgets right in Notification Center. These widgets can work as an extension of their applications to provide an even better experience. One of my favorite finds so far is an app called “Launcher" (which works a lot like one of my favorite apps, Launch Center Pro). 

The concept is very similar; they both use URL Schemes (which I blogged about extensively here) to open apps or actions. Launcher took it a step further (although LCP thought of this idea back in 2011 first) and now allows us to use URL Schemes through Notification Center — which gave me the idea to use it as a way to launch GBA4iOS games!

I’m going to share exactly how you can take advantage of this and enhance your GBA4iOS experience by launching all your favorite games through the readily-available Notification Center.

  1. For starters, head to the App Store and download Launcher (free).

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  2. Once downloaded and opened, you will see a default selection of apps. You can delete these easily by tapping the “edit” button on the top-right corner and tapping the red “x” on each app. 

  3. Now you can start adding some new ones. We will choose the Custom Launcher option.

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  4.  Now you should see this page where you will be adding a custom image as well as the URL code that makes GBA4iOS open a specific game.

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  5. First let’s add a custom icon. I will be using one that I have designed myself for the game Super Mario World. You can adjust the image and even change shapes if you wish.  

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  6. Now we will add the unique URL Scheme. This isn’t as hard as it seems (and I have a whole guide on this here). In my case, since I’m making one for my game called Super Mario World (this is the exact name inside GBA4iOS), I will simply add:

    gba4ios://Super%20Mario%20World

    Notice that I’m using “%20" to substitute spaces. This is very important, otherwise, the URL Scheme won’t work.

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  7. After that’s done, all you do now is tap the “checkmark” button on the top-right corner. The URL Scheme is set up and you should see it update on Notification Center.

  8.  You can always add many more URL Schemes (although there’s a limit to how many unless you pay).

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  9. You are even able to add a URL Scheme for the app (GBA4iOS) itself very easily by using the code: 

    gba4ios://

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Just like that you are on your way to create a quick selection of your favorite games you can launch on GBA4iOS through Notification Center on iOS 8. To help you get started, I have made my own icons featured on this post available for download here: download them now!

If you have any issues with URL Schemes, please head to the guide I made a few months back here

Post brought to you by Dario Sepulveda (@mithical)

iEmulators 2.0 launched today!
It has been an exciting (and tiring) few months working with my team on this new, redesigned site. For over a year, iEmulators has grown at a steady pace to become one of the most recognizable forms of downloading non-jailbroken applications. 
We wanted version 2.0 to receive the attention it deserved and to give back to the users that have been supporting us from the very beginning. It was, honestly, about damn time. 
iEmulators 2.0 is now a fully-realized hub for the Start3rs. This new version still gives you access to the emulators and apps you have grown used to seeing (plus a lot more coming in the near future), but it also provides even more. 
We have added a dedicated “Home" section where you will find news and information by yours truly, the latest videos by OPERATIONiDROID, and even a featured skins selection from GBA4iOSkins. We intend to update this section as much as possible and use it to push us further than never before.
The “Apps" section is what you may have already guessed, the sections for all the emulators and apps available for download. Although we are starting out by giving the same emulators you have seen before, some of them have been updated. We have taken the time to research, get in contact with developers and obtain working versions of these apps - it’s a hard thing to do, but we think the time and effort put into this is worth it. 

In the near future, we will be hosting a beta to bring even more emulators into the site and you definitely shouldn’t miss that. Follow @iEmulators for more info.

The “Help" section is your best bet to answer any questions you may have. We provide the all-too-familiar date trick instructions, a few answered frequently asked questions, and even a comments section where you can leave any inquiry or doubt you may have.
Aside from these main sections, we have added other external links that take you to different pages within iEmulators.com
After much consideration, we now have a functioning “donations" page where you can help support the on-going development of the site. It is entirely optional, of course. We just thought it was time we made it available. 
An about page that tells you a little bit about how iEmulators came to be and what our mission is. 
A team page where you can find the faces behind the Start3rs team that brings you iEmulators 2.0, as well as their other social media sites and contact information.
A disclaimer page that serves to detail everything you need to know about the responsibilities of using this site and other legal information. We highly recommend you familiarize yourself with this when you have the time.
A dedicated contact page where you can email iEmulators Support directly or one of the individual Start3rs.

One more thing I need to address is the ads on the page. I know, nobody likes ads, but the truth remains and that is that they help pay the bills.
We contemplated doing this for many months while designing the site and we have arrived at the conclusion that all the man hours alone spent coding site (not mentioning the hours contacting developers, obtaining new apps, testing said apps and even future hours going into the beta) was enough for us to consider them. 
We ran the site for over a year free of charge (and will continue to be free), taking whatever we could out of our own pockets. We switched hosts three times during that time and now we have two new ones - it is only natural to add them to cover the costs. 
We’re being careful not to add them in a way that will distract or annoy you. We are also in no way asking you to click them in order to support us, as that is against our policy agreements - but we will have them there and let them do their jobs.
We will never include ads inside applications, these ads are only for the site. 

Come check out the newly, redesigned site over at http://iemulators.com!

iEmulators 2.0 launched today!

It has been an exciting (and tiring) few months working with my team on this new, redesigned site. For over a year, iEmulators has grown at a steady pace to become one of the most recognizable forms of downloading non-jailbroken applications. 

We wanted version 2.0 to receive the attention it deserved and to give back to the users that have been supporting us from the very beginning. It was, honestly, about damn time. 

iEmulators 2.0 is now a fully-realized hub for the Start3rs. This new version still gives you access to the emulators and apps you have grown used to seeing (plus a lot more coming in the near future), but it also provides even more. 

We have added a dedicated “Home" section where you will find news and information by yours truly, the latest videos by OPERATIONiDROID, and even a featured skins selection from GBA4iOSkins. We intend to update this section as much as possible and use it to push us further than never before.

The “Apps" section is what you may have already guessed, the sections for all the emulators and apps available for download. Although we are starting out by giving the same emulators you have seen before, some of them have been updated. We have taken the time to research, get in contact with developers and obtain working versions of these apps - it’s a hard thing to do, but we think the time and effort put into this is worth it. 

In the near future, we will be hosting a beta to bring even more emulators into the site and you definitely shouldn’t miss that. Follow @iEmulators for more info.

The “Help" section is your best bet to answer any questions you may have. We provide the all-too-familiar date trick instructions, a few answered frequently asked questions, and even a comments section where you can leave any inquiry or doubt you may have.

Aside from these main sections, we have added other external links that take you to different pages within iEmulators.com

  • After much consideration, we now have a functioning “donations" page where you can help support the on-going development of the site. It is entirely optional, of course. We just thought it was time we made it available. 
  • An about page that tells you a little bit about how iEmulators came to be and what our mission is. 
  • A team page where you can find the faces behind the Start3rs team that brings you iEmulators 2.0, as well as their other social media sites and contact information.
  • A disclaimer page that serves to detail everything you need to know about the responsibilities of using this site and other legal information. We highly recommend you familiarize yourself with this when you have the time.
  • A dedicated contact page where you can email iEmulators Support directly or one of the individual Start3rs.

One more thing I need to address is the ads on the page. I know, nobody likes ads, but the truth remains and that is that they help pay the bills.

We contemplated doing this for many months while designing the site and we have arrived at the conclusion that all the man hours alone spent coding site (not mentioning the hours contacting developers, obtaining new apps, testing said apps and even future hours going into the beta) was enough for us to consider them. 

We ran the site for over a year free of charge (and will continue to be free), taking whatever we could out of our own pockets. We switched hosts three times during that time and now we have two new ones - it is only natural to add them to cover the costs. 

We’re being careful not to add them in a way that will distract or annoy you. We are also in no way asking you to click them in order to support us, as that is against our policy agreements - but we will have them there and let them do their jobs.

We will never include ads inside applications, these ads are only for the site. 

Come check out the newly, redesigned site over at http://iemulators.com!


Featured on OPERATIONiDROID’s latest NEWS4iOS.

The iEmulators Beta
Sounds a little exciting, doesn’t it? Originally we wanted to keep this a secret until we first launched the new version of the site, but we couldn’t contain it for much longer.
Although iEmulators 2.0 is launching with some of the current emulators you know and love (plus lots of changes), we have been working on adding a handful of others that we know you will be thrilled to install - without jailbreaking of course!
Given how close the release of iOS 8 is to the upcoming release of iEmulators 2.0, we decided early on to have a “beta” of sorts to test out a few things.
Reasons For The Beta
We got some new hosting options we would love to learn more about - more specifically, can they handle the traffic that iEmulators currently gets (plus a lot more, we hope)? This is very crucial to a site that focuses on distribution and we don’t want to release a whole new host only to have it taken down by too many downloads.
Second reason and one of the most important of all is that we have got a hold of some emulators we want to add to the site. These emulators were obtained through various means and even directly from developers themselves. We wanted to simply add them to the site on day one but we decided that given how everyone would be running iOS 8 by then, we’d figured we better take things calmly and do some proper testing first.
So far, a lot of the apps seem to run on iOS 8 - others don’t fare so lucky; however, they might just work on older devices perfectly. All these things is what we want to find out, and we require you, the users, to find out. 
With this in mind, we will be hosting a beta very soon to test all these apps as well as the host. The beta page isn’t up just yet, but we can’t wait to tell you how it will work.
How The Beta Works
You’ll find all this information I’ve just given in that beta page, and also certain steps to take in order to be eligible for it. The whole thing will be organized via a mailing list where you sign up and you can receive special emails from us with secret links and passwords to a secondary, secret beta page where some apps will be available for download - but not all at once. 
Anybody can sign up for the mailing list, but only a limited amount of users will be allowed to before we disable the mailing list. To be even considered for the group, you must do three simple things first which we will be verifying in order to make it to the beta group. 
You must be following @iEmulators on Twitter.
You must be subscribed to OPERATIONiDROID on YouTube
You must retweet a tweet to share the news of the beta.
That’s it! When the beta page is live, and all three things are done, you are eligible to join the limited mailing list. Remember, this won’t open for a few more days so there’s no tweet to retweet yet.
Even if you’re eligible and sign up for the list, only a limited amount of people can be taken in - this is a first come, first serve type of deal so you have to be alert and keep up on Twitter to find out when we’ll be releasing that mailing list link. We’ll give notices ahead of time and make sure a lot of these things are done after school in some regions.
This beta will more than likely start a few days after we launch iEmulators 2.0, so be prepared and stay tuned with everyone involved!

Follow the Start3rs:
@mithical 
@OPERATIONiDROID
@the120thwhisper
Follow iEmulators:
@iEmulators

Featured on OPERATIONiDROID’s latest NEWS4iOS.

The iEmulators Beta

Sounds a little exciting, doesn’t it? Originally we wanted to keep this a secret until we first launched the new version of the site, but we couldn’t contain it for much longer.

Although iEmulators 2.0 is launching with some of the current emulators you know and love (plus lots of changes), we have been working on adding a handful of others that we know you will be thrilled to install - without jailbreaking of course!

Given how close the release of iOS 8 is to the upcoming release of iEmulators 2.0, we decided early on to have a “beta” of sorts to test out a few things.

Reasons For The Beta

We got some new hosting options we would love to learn more about - more specifically, can they handle the traffic that iEmulators currently gets (plus a lot more, we hope)? This is very crucial to a site that focuses on distribution and we don’t want to release a whole new host only to have it taken down by too many downloads.

Second reason and one of the most important of all is that we have got a hold of some emulators we want to add to the site. These emulators were obtained through various means and even directly from developers themselves. We wanted to simply add them to the site on day one but we decided that given how everyone would be running iOS 8 by then, we’d figured we better take things calmly and do some proper testing first.

So far, a lot of the apps seem to run on iOS 8 - others don’t fare so lucky; however, they might just work on older devices perfectly. All these things is what we want to find out, and we require you, the users, to find out. 

With this in mind, we will be hosting a beta very soon to test all these apps as well as the host. The beta page isn’t up just yet, but we can’t wait to tell you how it will work.

How The Beta Works

You’ll find all this information I’ve just given in that beta page, and also certain steps to take in order to be eligible for it. The whole thing will be organized via a mailing list where you sign up and you can receive special emails from us with secret links and passwords to a secondary, secret beta page where some apps will be available for download - but not all at once. 

Anybody can sign up for the mailing list, but only a limited amount of users will be allowed to before we disable the mailing list. To be even considered for the group, you must do three simple things first which we will be verifying in order to make it to the beta group. 

  1. You must be following @iEmulators on Twitter.
  2. You must be subscribed to OPERATIONiDROID on YouTube
  3. You must retweet a tweet to share the news of the beta.

That’s it! When the beta page is live, and all three things are done, you are eligible to join the limited mailing list. Remember, this won’t open for a few more days so there’s no tweet to retweet yet.

Even if you’re eligible and sign up for the list, only a limited amount of people can be taken in - this is a first come, first serve type of deal so you have to be alert and keep up on Twitter to find out when we’ll be releasing that mailing list link. We’ll give notices ahead of time and make sure a lot of these things are done after school in some regions.

This beta will more than likely start a few days after we launch iEmulators 2.0, so be prepared and stay tuned with everyone involved!

Follow the Start3rs:

Follow iEmulators:

If you haven’t heard the news, the iPhone 6 is out today.

Many people who pre-ordered their phones may still be expecting the UPS or FedEx guy, but if you’re like my friend Jon (OPERATIONiDROID), there was also the chance to go in-store early in the morning and hope they had some in stock -  it seems Jon got lucky!

This may just be one of the first videos to showcase GBA4iOS 2.0 on an iPhone 6 and, according to Jon, it “works marvelously.” 

Bigger screens seem like the perfect fit to play some old-school games (I know I play mostly on iPad because I love the bigger screen experience), but it begs the question - what about the controller skins which are simply PNG images - will they scale up and lose their quality?

Riley has mentioned to me that he’s already working on new formats and methods that will slightly change the dynamic of creating controller skins for the bigger-screen phones. By switching from PNG to PDF using vector-based images, the controllers can scale up without the loss of quality.

This isn’t to say that skins right now, and those available from GBA4iOSkins.com,  won’t work - they will definitely still work and it appears that the first few tests show that they’re still looking as good as ever (on iPhone 6, 4.7” at least). Of course, as lead designer of GBA4iOSkins, I will be opting for the newer skin-method once I properly adjust all my current templates.

Don’t forget to follow @OPERATIONiDROID on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel. 

Thanks for reading! - @mithical

GBA4iOS 2.0 Is Compatible With iOS 8!
I figured a lot of people would be confused as to whether they should update or not to the latest iOS 8. If you’re worried that your favorite GBA emulator by Riley Testut will stop working, you can stop worrying about it now - GBA4iOS 2.0 will continue to work on iOS 8!
I’ve been playing with iOS 8 since the first week it came out in beta and although GBA4iOS 2.0 had some issues in the beginning, GBA4iOS 2.0.7 has fixed a lot of the bugs that surfaced - so as long as you have that version, you are safe to install iOS 8 on your device.
I highly recommend you activate the Dropbox feature so that you backup all your games and saves first before updating - this is very important as you never truly know what could happen when you update. This way you know that your data will still be safe.
Even the developer recommends this!

Yes, GBA4iOS will still work on iOS 8! But it can’t hurt to turn on Dropbox Sync to make sure you never lose you data ever :)
— Riley Testut (@rileytestut) September 17, 2014

Note: this does not apply to other emulators. Most of the ones that worked on iOS 7 will probably still work on iOS 8, but some may stop working altogether - this post is in regards to GBA4iOS 2.0 only.


Have fun updating! - @mithical

GBA4iOS 2.0 Is Compatible With iOS 8!

I figured a lot of people would be confused as to whether they should update or not to the latest iOS 8. If you’re worried that your favorite GBA emulator by Riley Testut will stop working, you can stop worrying about it now - GBA4iOS 2.0 will continue to work on iOS 8!

I’ve been playing with iOS 8 since the first week it came out in beta and although GBA4iOS 2.0 had some issues in the beginning, GBA4iOS 2.0.7 has fixed a lot of the bugs that surfaced - so as long as you have that version, you are safe to install iOS 8 on your device.

I highly recommend you activate the Dropbox feature so that you backup all your games and saves first before updating - this is very important as you never truly know what could happen when you update. This way you know that your data will still be safe.

Even the developer recommends this!

Note: this does not apply to other emulators. Most of the ones that worked on iOS 7 will probably still work on iOS 8, but some may stop working altogether - this post is in regards to GBA4iOS 2.0 only.

Have fun updating! - @mithical

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