Commodore 64 Emulator Approved for App Store


Apple has taken an awful lot of flack for the mysterious process of having an app approved for its iPhone and iPod Touch App Store, recently it had blocked a Commodore 64 emulator on the grounds that it could be used to run all kinds of code on the iPhone.


Of course, that was a bit of a bee in the bonnet of the original developer, who had been assured by Apple already that its Commodore emulator would find a warm welcome on the App Store. Now that some of the offending features have been thoroughly excised, App Store users will soon be able to find the classic games console emulator in Apple’s online shop.

For us it’s starting to look fairly clear that Apple is backpedalling on an awful lot of its high profile, apparently dubious (or at least strange) App Store rejections. Even Google Voice, we’re informed, hasn’t been rejected but is simply undergoing an extended delay in testing, though we suspect that particular titbit might have something to do with the ongoing FCC investigation of some of Apple’s business practices.

We’ll have to wait and see whether the App Store approval process gains a little transparency, but at the very least it looks as though we’ll be able to play some classic arcade games to pass the time.

If you’d like to read more about the Apple/Commodore argument, you should check out the really excellent Apple Insider report on it. It’s got a lot more details and history on the whole thing than we do.


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