BlackBerry PlayBook hacked to run iOS apps, including ours
A clever dev has managed to shoehorn full-blown iOS apps onto the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Such App Store titles as Tiny Tower (opens in new tab), Super Monkey Ball (opens in new tab), TomTom Navigation (opens in new tab), Sushi Cat (opens in new tab), iFart (opens in new tab), Frogger (opens in new tab), Galcon (opens in new tab), SketchBook (opens in new tab), and a few others. Oh, and the iMore app, of course. This has been made possible through a kind of iOS player that a developer has managed to get to work on Windows too. The dev has gone into a few technical details as to how they've pulled off this feat.
Obviously, this is all well outside Apple's interests, but it may be within RIM's; after all, they made lots of accommodations to bring in Android apps into the BlackBerry ecosystem, and though there's no direct porting of iOS apps, RIM has generally been good about getting cozy with middleware providers that also happen to support iPhone and iPad apps. There's still a lot of work to be done in the emulation environment, so don't expect anything soon. Even if it's polished enough for the public, the dev says "I would like to release to the public, but not sure if I will be able to."
Although the solution to do this isn't publicly available, it poses a fairly grey area for users. During the hayday of PlayBook rooting, there were lots of leaked versions of Android apps floating around, some paid, some not, and if this solution ever goes public, we would likely see a similar boom in app piracy. Those that picked up a PlayBook while it was cheap would be happy to get a bit of added functionality out of it, but I doubt anyone will go after a PlayBook or a BlackBerry 10 device for its iOS app support - just get an iPad, or if you're really married to the 7-inch form factor, hold out for the iPad Mini.
As someone who has put a fair bit of time into the PlayBook, I find it's impressive that the development environment is proving to be this flexible. I was always a fan of the bezel gestures on the PlayBook, and despite all the bad press, the app ecosystem is starting to pick up. Heck, BB10 might even get Jetpack Joyride before Android. What do you guys think the prospects are for BlackBerry 10 and the PlayBook in light of iOS 6? Will RIM actually be able to rope in developers?
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QNX is a super powerful OS.
BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 is going to explode as soon as smartphones start selling and we have millions of users. Remember, even now with people knowing BBOS is transitioning to BB10, BlackBerry was still able to sell 10 million phones in one quarter!
Its one thing to go out and try to get developers to work on bb apps its another entirely to tell developers, hey you know that app you already have finished? why dont you submit it to blackberry app world.
Apple : ~500,000 apps
Android : ~250,000 apps
BlackBerry : ~850,000 apps
One device with cross platform access to all apps...killer
Just because I want the iOS apps on a blackberry doesn't mean I want the OS as well...
Anyway, I just wanted to say (and I'm only speaking from an observer's/insider's POV), most BB users care about whether their equipment can USE particular apps and features, not who is better. You have those that feel they speak for everyone (trolls and naysayers) and their opinions need to be taken with a grain of salt (or pinch). Thanks for reading this with an open mind. Not all 'other' consumer/users are the same.
Over the years all I have seen is Apple take someone else's idea & change it up a tad & reap the rewards by loyal fans.
Andriod in the other hand gets slandered by said fans for using an icon that looks similar, or something the functions in the same way.
I'm still waiting for quick reply! On my iPhone, 4 bloody years I have been waiting to be exact, thank god for the JB community they are the only thing keeping me here & all the money I have spent in the AppStore.
Just hope he give it to rim, because what holds me to Apple is the apps.