It's Here.. an iPhone Simulator for Windows

On February 20, 2009

mobile application development

There are plenty of different places to get a mobile application designed. The problem is that they’re quite expensive. You might be able to figure out how to create your own, but it will probably look very basic. Instead, a good mobile application development software can make it even easier, so that you can build great looking apps all by yourself.

The Mobile design Starter Kit includes all the themes and scenarios you need to build whatever app you want. There are customizable and standard files that allow you to sell or offer anything you want through the kit. Everything is there, so once you spend the money, you can create as many mobile apps as you want – and even sell the apps if this is your thing.

windows-iphone-simulator.png iPhone development is typically a Mac OS X only proposition so, naturally, Apple hasn’t released an iPhone simulator for other platforms, such as Windows. It dawned on developer Shaun Sullivan, however, that Webkit is both available on Windows (within Safari) and that it can render iPhone-specific content well.. so why not combine the two into an iPhone simulator?

Shaun’s iPhone Simulator for Windows is called iBBDemo and you can get it here. You can watch a screencast of it in action too if you like.

Why’s this useful? Well, it gives iPhone webapp developers stuck on Windows a pretty useful tool and.. if you’re a regular iPhone app developer who has to give a presentation with only a Windows computer to spare, this could be a life saver. As a “no frills, weekend project”, it’s pretty simple (no gestures, zoom, scrollbars, shrink to fit..) but perhaps it’ll pave the way for something better.

Note: This is not an iPhone Simulator in the full sense, but a simulation of the iPhone’s Safari browser.

  • Pingback: iPhone Web App Simulator For Windows | iPhone 3G Hacked()

  • Benjamin Ragheb

    It’s a MobileSafari Simulator, not an iPhone Simulator. In other words, good for testing your web site but unable to test native iPhone Apps. Do you realize this post is misleading?

  • Oisín

    Agreed, the post title is extremely misleading. It is not an iPhone simulator.

  • Markelein

    I have noticed small inconsistencies in rendering on the iPhone compared to Safari on a desktop. Pages that render fine in Safari 3.2 have layout problems (e.g. overflowing page) on iPhone. The iBBDemo is cool and looks right but unfortunately renders just like desktop Safari.

  • stevo

    can the ibbdemo turn on its side to simulate landscape the same way as the iphone can?

  • Pingback: » Blog Archive » January 5, 2010()

  • Diane

    It doesn’t seem to test local files so you can use it for development before upload. Any ideas how to do this testing for iPhone on a Windows machine?

  • Prasanna

    How do I use https URLs. Every time I type https, it adds http in front of it. How do I use this similator for https?

  • artofj

    hi, where can I get the simulator?

  • microphone


  • microphone
  • Arno.Nyhm

    i would like to it also as a mac program ..