Most people are aware of the top Android emulators, AMIDuOS, Andy, or BlueStacks, which are great to emulate Android OS on a PC or laptop. But you might be wondering what your options for iOS emulators are. iPadian is the top rated iPad emulator for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 Touch, and 10, and easily runs any iOS apps on PC or laptop.
What Is an Emulator Verses a Simulator
While the terms sound similar, there is a distinction. Emulators are used as replacements for an original device: it can run the same software and apps of the device without changing them and is unaware the difference between the original device and the emulator.
Simulators can create similar environments as the original device’s OS but does not make the effort to recreate its hardware. Because of this, some apps might not work in simulators or even work differently.
Emulators are the choice of both users and developers to test apps because of their ease of use and their ability to recreate the iOS device.
What does iPadian Do
iPadian supports the latest Apple iOS, iOS 9, which might be the biggest benefit of using this emulator. iPadian is a free iOS emulator for Windows, and it contains the complete iOS interface and a custom app store which gives you a complete iPad experience. iPadian is a go to for developers, also. It allows them to test run iOS apps during development and allows for bug detection.
According to iPadian’s website, “iPadian is the only and the Best iOS Emulator to play most of iPad games and apps free straight away from your laptop and computer.”
How to Download iPadian
The download process for iPadian is quite simple.
Go to http://xpadian.com/#intro
Click “Download for free”
When the dialog box for the setup wizard appears, click “Next”
Unless you choose to change the default folder for iPadian (C:\Program Files (x86)\iPaidan) click “Next”
If you would like to select a different folder for the program’s shortcuts in the Start Menu folder click “Browse” otherwise click “Next”
If you would like to create a desktop icon, check the box, after that click “Next”
You are able to review and change the destination location and Start Menu folder, but if you are satisfied with their placement click “Install”
You will then be asked to “update to iOS 9.1”, click “ACCEPT”
The End User License Agreement is shown and if you accept click “ACCEPT”
You will be able to choose “Express Installation (Recommended) or “Advanced Installation,” I suggest Express. Click “ACCEPT”
Then the option of “Premier Opinion” is displayed. Read the fine print before hitting “ACCEPT” or “DECLINE”
After it is all said and done click “Finish” to launch iPadian
From your desktop double-click on iPadian’s icon. The standard screen you are brought into has 16 preinstalled apps. Two games, the App Store, Facebook, Gmail, Clock, Calculator, DJ Mix, Photoshop, and YouTube are all at the top of the screen. At the bottom are Browser, Mail, Music, and Photos. At the bottom left are 4 icons: the home screen, browsers, music and mail. These follow you throughout the screens.
Clicking on “App Store” brings you to a selection of 12 free apps. Nearly at the bottom of the screen, obscured by a black bar, are options for searching apps: Top Apps, Mobile Apps, Categories, and a search field. The categories are Games, Productivity, Gameplay, News, Music, Photos, Networking, and Lifestyle.
Clicking on an app to download is simple. Click on the app, click “ok” both times it comes up and it’s added to your home screen. From there click on the app you wish to open and it opens the app.
The browser opens you to Google’s homepage. At the top left of the screen are four options: Google+, Search, Images, More (with a drop down arrow). The browser operates exactly as your Chrome browser on your device.
When you click Music there is an orange box with a plus (+) sign inside. Clicking that opens a file search box to choose music from your computer to play. Selecting a music file will add it to the playlist. Double-clicking on the song plays it. You are only able to play mp3s, so don’t expect to be able to play iTunes songs from your library that are mpeg-4 files. Adding more than one song enables the auto-play feature, which plays the next songs on the list. There isn’t an option to make separate playlists or shuffle. To remove a song from the list, simply click on the white X on the right of the song.
Choosing email brings you to the email screen where you can add email accounts. Currently you can add email from 4 services: Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, and Facebook Message. Adding your email and choosing the service opens that service’s sign in page. From there it’s business as usual.
To leave any screen, click the red X in the top right hand screen. To navigate to the home screen simply click on the iPadian logo in the bottom left. To close the program, click the power icon in the upper right corner.
Things to Make Note Of
There are some apps listed that don’t work or are no longer available. You may see that their icon shows as a white box with a blue question mark (?) inside. Or when you click on the app it takes you to another screen, but nothing loads.
When you download iPadian, it will download additional programs that you likely don’t want or need. The simplest course of action is to immediately uninstall them before they do anything. I used IObit Uninstaller and they were uninstalled and their garbage files removed in just a few minutes. I found 4 additional programs that iPadian opened the door for. One was a program to detect and fix errors in my computer, but only if you bought it. Another was a search service for the Internet, which promptly closed my browser pages and tired to re-open them. A third was a virtual phone service.