GBA4iOS Introduces a 2.0 Update for its Game Boy Emulator with Several New Features
GBA4iOS recently introduced a 2.0 update for its popular Game Boy emulator for iOS which includes a full iOS 7 redesign, iPad optimization, support for original and Game Boy Color games and a built-in web browser for downloading ROMs. More importantly, the software is now much easier to install and doesn’t require a jailbroken iOS device either. The emulator previously required an iPhone’s date to be set to 2012 and the new version requires setting a device date back to February 18, 2014 before downloading the software. This time though, after installation, the date on the device can be changed back to the present time.
With GBA4iOS 2.0, gamers can play Game Boy Advanced, Game Boy Color and original Gameboy ROMs directly on their iPads and iPhones but the software is only compatible with devices running iOS 7. GBA4iOS 2.0 is distributed using an Apple Enterprise certificate which are designed to allow companies to distribute iOS apps internally. Downloading games for GBA4iOS previously required navigating outside of the app to find ROMs, but the newest version includes an in-app web browser that can be used to download games from any ROM website. GBA4iOS 2.0 also includes full support for cheats, accepting five different code formats covering everything from Game Genie to Action Replay.
The GBA4iOS update also happens to include a slew of controller skins for Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color games and it seems to support third party controller skins as well. It also offers full iOS 7 controller support, Dropbox integration and “Event Distribution” to allow GBA4iOS unlock and distribute features that are not normally included within games.
Although several emulators have snuck into the App Store via shell apps, they are always short-lived as Apple pulls the apps within hours or days of release. GBA4iOS is able to overcome Apple’s restrictions as it is not installed via the App Store. Instead, GBA4iOS can be installed directly on an iOS device from the website, by tapping the download link on an iPad or iPhone.