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Apple Refuse C64 Emulator On App Store, Licensing Not The Issue

Apple have rejected a Commodore 64 emulator for the iPhone from making an appearance on the App Store. Curiously, licensing issues are not the problem here; the developers actually signed a contract with the license holders for the platform to make sure there were no legal issues in that department. Instead, the application has been rejected because of this part of the Apple SDK license agreement:

"No interpreted code may be downloaded and used in an Application except for code that is interpreted and run by Apple's Published APIs and builtin interpreter(s). An Application may not itself install or launch other executable code by any means, including without limitation through the use of a plug-in architecture, calling other frameworks, other APIs or otherwise."

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SpoonyRedMage3096d ago

Rar! Nintendo refused I think an Intellivision emulator for the same reason! Just let it happen, people will buy them! It's good business and obviously the people who own the rights are okay with it!

Connoro3096d ago

I think Apple's problem is that the ROMs would be purchased (or downloaded for free, I'm not sure) via the emulator and not the App Store. Because of this, they won't receive a slice of the profits from ROM purchases.

Mindboggle3096d ago

In the new 3.0 firmware there is the ability to make in app purchases, eg new levels ect. So im sure this could be tweaked in some way to make it through the Apple QA...

GEESE3096d ago

I remember the c64 days with love in my heart.

IdleLeeSiuLung3096d ago

Are there other ways to load an app into the iPhone other than the iPhone store?

Kantraz3096d ago

Yes, you can jailbreak your device and then install apps Apple don't like through Cydia and Icy :)

Connoro3096d ago

Yep, in the way Kantraz just mentioned. Unfortunately though, every time you update your iPhone or iPod touch, the jailbroken process will be reversed and all the unofficial apps deleted. You'll have to go through the jailbreak process again and install all the apps again.

Kantraz3096d ago

Well Apple doesn't release new hardware so often, and when the does, then it is often small useless updates(read not OS 3.0), which you can live without :)

Kantraz3096d ago

I hope it will be released through Cydia, if Apple doesn't change their mind :) C64 <33

Flare1493096d ago

Now if only they'll make an official Game Boy emulator...

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