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Apple rejects the Commodore 64 emulator on the iTunes App Store

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A complete Commodore 64 emulator for the iPhone / iPod Touch has been rejected by the App Store. Apple claims that the software has been rejected because the SDK clauses explicitly indicate the inability to launch executable code. The emulator (whose future therefore uncertain) allows you to reproduce many historical classics, emulating the SID (the chip that deals with the audio), provides automatic saving functionality, can work horizontally and vertically, emulates the joystick and the keyboard of the C64.

The author had had assurances from Apple's European headquarters that the product did not create problems and indeed – according to him – the Cupertino house was very excited by the idea of ​​this product; following Apple's reassurances, the developer worked to obtain licenses from some manufacturers of the games to be included as standard with the emulator (the idea was to include three regularly licensed games as standard) but after following the process to obtain the authorization to distribute the application, the author was sent an email in which Apple essentially refuses the software because it violates some of the points of the agreement in the development kit.

The author rightly very frustrated by having invested much of his time in vain for a product that has not been accepted and points out that Apple has in the past accepted similar applications: the CHIP-8 emulator, emulators of various types of programmable calculators, Frotz (the Z-machine interpreter, virtual machine for text adventures) and games such as Golden Ax and Sonic (the latter are nothing more than emulators packaged to run a single ROM).

(By Mauro Notarianni)

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