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iPhone, iPad, iOS Simulator For OSX

Posted on November 3, 2011 by Anthony James Founder/CEOAnthony James Founder/CEO

Recently I’ve been getting a lot of questions about where to get the iOS simulator that is used in our screencasts. In this quick written tutorial you will learn how to download the iOS simulator, where it is stored on your computer, and how it works. It’s important to note that this only works on OSX computers. Windows simulators probably don’t have the same abilities as the native OSX simulator.

1.) The first step is to download xCode 4.x from the app store. Apple used to require you to be a developer to have access to xCode but I don’t think that is the case anymore.

2.) The second step, once it is installed, is to find the simulator in your computer. Apple keeps all the developer tools in one spot.
They are located under “Go->Computer->Macintosh HD->Developer->Applications”
Here you should see the iOS Simulator. If you don’t you can always type “iOS Simulator” in Finder to find the location as shown in the second picture.

I personally like to copy my iOS simulator into the applications folder because it is used so frequently. However, you can leave it where you want, xCode at some point in time might just ask you to identify the location if it is moved.
Once you have the iOS simulator open you can navigate to the “Hardware” menu and simulate things that the native iPhone can do. You can also choose to use the iPad simulator as well.


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