UPDATED: Hopefully Apple doesn't stop it

UPDATED: Hopefully Apple doesn't stop it

Apple offers great benefits to the iPhone and the ecosystem that has now launched in the 27 EU member states, but this applies to everyone.

Updated, 17:09:

Henrik Rydgård, the man behind the popular PSP emulator PPSSPP, says he will try to bring the software to the App Store, but there is still uncertainty about what is legal and what is illegal:

“It seems to imply that older game console emulators (the PSP is almost 20 years old and should be considered 'old') will be allowed in the iOS App Store – but also later states that 'links must be provided for all downloadable downloads'” Rydgård explains, who points out that he obviously does not own the rights to the games and that it is therefore uncertain whether it is possible to run the application:

“If it turns out that the rules now allow emulators with ISO/ROMs, PPSSPP will be available on the App Store later this year. If not, well, not happening!”

And not just European Union countries this time

After introducing the DMA, Apple rolled out iOS 17.4 with major changes for the region. It later became known that users there would also be able to download applications from websites, and that it would be easier for music services to send users to external websites: “With the special right, music streaming applications can also invite users to enter their email address to receive a link.” To purchase music or digital services through the developer's site,” 9To5Mac explained after Apple updated its policy.

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Regarding updating the terms related to this matter, Apple also officially announced support for old game emulators, and at the international level. Apple says you can, too download Game:

“In addition, older game console emulator apps may offer the ability to download games.” But as 9To5Mac points out, there's also wording in the terms that can make it a bit difficult, because developers are “responsible for all software provided in the app, including ensuring that such software complies with these Guidelines and all applicable laws.” In other words, the question is whether anyone can run an emulator, or whether e.g. Only Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo are allowed.

This is how to read Apple's guidelines regarding emulators in the App Store:

“Apps may offer specific software that is not included, especially HTML5 widgets, mini-games, live streaming games, chatbots, and plug-ins. In addition, older game console emulator apps may offer the ability to download games. You are responsible for all software provided in your application, including This includes ensuring that the software complies with the Guidelines and all applicable laws. Software that does not comply with one or more of the Guidelines will cause your application to be rejected. You must also ensure that the software complies with the additional rules set forth in 4.7.1 and 4.7.5. These additional rules are important To maintain the experience App Store customers expect and to ensure user safety.

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