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Brine - an iOS emulator for PlayBook (not yet available).

This morning a youtube link was floating around on Twitter showing several popular iOS games playing on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Personally, I was a bit skeptical at first, but it seem fairly likely that this video might actually be legit, and is being called Brine by its developer.

Apparently the developer (Bubble Wrap on Twitter) has created an iOS emulator (check his other YouTube video at the end of this post to see it running in Windows) and ported it to the PlayBook.

Sacha (one of the key minds behind Dingleberry, who has also developed/ported several Qt apps for PlayBook) confirmed that the developer behind the Brine project contacted him about it last year. For those of you more technically inclined, iOS apps are mostly compatible with the PlayBook, except for several libraries which are called on by iOS apps that are not in the PlayBook system. Brine works by wrapping these  missing iOS libraries into the app, and therefore allowing iOS apps to be played. Sacha also mentioned that Chris Wade (one of the other minds behind Dingleberry) has been working to port his own iOS emulator, iEmu, to the PlayBook.

When will this be available? I'm wondering the same thing myself. Personally I won't be holding my breath, given Apple's willingness to (ab)use the legal system to prevent competition, for the developer to make this app public. Businesscat2000 on CrackBerry, who first posted the video and says he is the developer, stated that

I would like to release to the public, but not sure if I will be able to.

So there you have it folks. It's certainly possible, and if OpenSourceBB (or OSBBx) manages to get their hands on this we'll certainly post more videos and pics, and maybe even try to get a public leak out ;)

As promised, here's the other video:

Read more about this on the CrackBerry Forums at and

Shane Cridlebaugh

Co-founder and legal nay-sayer of OSBB. Owner of SCrApps Application Development, WebWorks aficionado, Open Source contributor. SCrid2000 on most blogs. I build awesome BlackBerry apps when I'm not doing legal work or spending time with my wife and two boys.

Follow me on Twitter - @GShaneC

Check out my apps in BlackBerry World


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