We’ve already seen someone create a tool called touchHLE that allows some old iOS apps to be emulated on the Mac and PC and now someone has gone a step further. Now, Android has been added to the mix.
The original developer behind the touchHLE tool was Hikari no Yume, but developer ciciplusplus has now been able to port that to also run on Android. However, don’t go getting too excited just yet.
This is all only made possible by an older version of iOS that doesn’t have the same security protections as modern versions. Only specific apps can be run as well including Super Monkey Ball, notes 9to5Mac.
The touchHLE emulator has many limitations of its own when running on a computer, and all of these still apply to Android. For example, the apps only run on chips with the AArch64 architecture. Also, this iOS emulator hasn’t been tested with other apps and games besides Super Monkey Ball. And, of course, you need to have the original installers of the apps you want to run.
That, effectively, means that most people aren’t going to be running iOS apps or games on their Android devices. But that doesn’t make this any less cool.
There’s no indication of whether anyone will be able to get a full iOS emulation to run on Android, despite this latest news. And it seems unlikely at best, especially if you’d hoped to be able to run something modern like iOS 16.