Friday, February 20th, 2009

Windows iPhone Simulator

Category: iPhone

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There’s no way to emulate the iPhone on Windows, but Shaun Sullivan has the next best thing: taking a Windows build of WebKit and embedding it inside an iPhone-like Chrome. It’s not perfect, but it’s as close as Windows users are going to get for now–and is very handy for checking how your site will likely look (modulo font issues).

He’s only tested it on Vista, however.

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Neat, but I’m used to just squeezing down safari to about the size of the iPhone and then using the Developer menu to change my user-agent to the iPhone’s. Works great. :p

Comment by mdmadph — February 20, 2009

Aptana have something similar. I’ve found it to be very unreliable, with very different display and different capabilities from the iPhone itself. Until Apply get around to releasing an actual iPhone build of WebKit on Windows, I’ll keep working off the real thing – it’s slow, but using anything else just gives you a very false sense of security

Comment by sos — February 20, 2009

Wait- are you sure you meant “modulo”? Wouldn’t it make more sense to use “minus”?

Comment by fatlotus — February 20, 2009

I have Safari for Windows installed and I also try viewing our site on http://testiphone.com/.

It isn’t perfect either (you can’t hide the browser’s address bar or simulate zooming), but it also gives a reasonably good idea of how your site will look on an iphone.

Comment by anotherwebgal — February 20, 2009

I need some kind of iPhone emulator
I can’t afford to buy a real iPhone, and the newest Mac I have is a G4 so I have no way of running apple’s emulator!

I guess this is a start but I do need to be able to try out some of those extra things like geolocation, etc

Doesn’t have to to be windows though … linux would be fine!

Comment by michaelmd — September 15, 2009

Ive used this application for numerous websites that I have optimized for the iPhone. Very useful tool. Anybody know if there is something like this for the blackberry or android?

Comment by iphonedevelopment — December 15, 2009

@iphonedevelopment
Why not use emulators for Android and Blackberry? They are free to download. The reason we have such simulator is because we do not have an emulator for iPhone on Windows.

Comment by roylory — December 21, 2009

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