Apple’s App Store permits game emulators for the first time

April 7, 2024
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Apple has loosened its App Store restrictions to permit more emulation software.

In an update posted at the end of last week, Apple confirmed it will now permit “retro game console emulator apps”, although the app designers are “responsible for all such software offered in [their] app”, “including ensuring that such software complies with […] all applicable laws”.

It’s thought Apple has made the change in response to growing pressure from users and legislators alike, particularly in Europe, where previously emulator enthusiasts could only access emulation apps on iPhone by jailbreaking their devices or via complex workarounds. With the recent ruling that Apple has to permit third-party app stores in the EU, this could be a way for the megacorp to prevent some users from defecting to App Store competitors.

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