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March 10, 2008

New PC Emulation Solution for iPhone and iPod Touch

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributing Editor

iEmulator.com, a provider of emulation solutions for all PowerPC and Intel (News - Alert)-based Macintosh computers that run OS X 10.3 or late, recently announced the launch of the iEmulator Touch, which offers a full touch-enabled PC emulator environment for iPhone (News - Alert) and iPod Touch users of firmware version 2.0.

John Czlonka, General Manager of iEmulator.com, said it is a “perfect opportunity to also provide PC emulation functionality to the leading mobile computing and connectivity platform: the iPhone and iPod Touch” since the complete internal redevelopment of iEmulator would soon be completed.
Apple’s (News - Alert) new iPhone and iPod Touch software development kit is allowing us to quickly port iEmulator to these innovative devices,” he said. “It’s an amazing development and operating environment. Imagine being able to run most popular PC software anywhere, with full Internet connectivity, without having to lug a notebook PC around. It’s a fundamental shift in how people will use mobile devices, and makes thousands of new applications available for the platform.”
Some of the limitations with iEmulator for OS X Touch include the initial lack of physical CD or DVD access. However, iEmulator.com is currently developing ways of working around this limitation. The iPhone and iPod Touch are reputed to have significant connectivity options, wherein the downloading and use of PC software and data on devices from the Internet or a host Mac or PC would not pose problems.
iEmulator Touch is due for release in the second quarter of 2008, right after the release of iEmulator 1.8.0 for Mac OS X. Although pricing is undecided, iEmulator.com aims to provide “powerful, usable, well-documented, and well-supported emulation solutions” at reasonable prices.
“All iEmulator customers have always benefited from having no-charge access to iEmulator updates,” Peters stated. “If you purchased any version of iEmulator in the past, iEmulator 1.8.0 for Mac OS X will be available to you at no charge. When you purchase iEmulator Touch, all future versions of iEmulator Touch will be available to you for free. We’re also trying to work out a way to provide iEmulator Touch at a reduced cost for current iEmulator for Mac OS X customers. We’re going to have to see what options Apple gives us with the iTunes Store.”
Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page .
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