Apple reportedly killing off ‘Date Trick’ in iOS 8.1, could mean the end of emulators without jailbreak

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For fans of emulators, which allow people to play old-school games from consoles like the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), the Game Boy Advance or Super NES on their iPhone or iPad, the end of your favorite gaming pastime on a mobile device may be coming to an end if you don’t like jailbreaking your gadgets.

According to a report published by Pocket Gamer, beta testers with their fingers on iOS 8.1 (which recently had its second beta released to developers) have found that Apple has patched the “Date Trick” exploit within the mobile platform, which essentially kills off the possibility of any emulators on iOS without obtaining a jailbreak first.

According to the developers of GBA4iOS, the developers behind a popular emulator for iOS, Apple closing the loophole, which essentially allows a user to roll back the date of their device to allow for the installation of apps that haven’t been approved by Apple, could mean the end of emulators on iOS for good — unless you jailbreak.

The Date Trick fuels the emulator communities nowadays,” says Dario Sepulveda, a beta tester for GBA4iOS 2.0. “Without it, everything looks bleak.

According to a report published at the start of October, Apple is gearing up to launch iOS 8.1 on October 20. The official software upgrade is meant to focus on the launch of Apple Pay, the Cupertino-based company’s mobile payments initiative, but it will obviously offer other tweaks as well. As it stands right now, there’s no telling if this patch will be a permanent end to emulators on iOS without a jeailbreak, but it certainly doesn’t look promising.

[via Pocket Gamer]