• SNES Emulator Found Hidden in a Recently Released File Manager App in the App Store



    A recently released file-sharing app called Remote File Manager holds a secret that managed to get past Apple: it can boot up and play Super Nintendo games via built-in emulation software. According to TouchArcade, the *.smc files that hold SNES games arenít actually on the list of supported file types that the app claims to be able to manage but the app can handle them just fine.


    One of the most interesting features about this particular emulator is that it allows you to play games that are stored in a Dropbox account. This feature proves to be especially useful because you donít actually have to ever move the software to your iPhone or iPad in order to play it. The whole concept is pretty cool despite the practice of emulation coming off as shady, immoral, and illegal to some. The Remote File Manager is available for $0.99 USD as of right now but chances are it wonít be up for very long as Apple is likely to pull it once news of its additional feature begins to spread.

    Source: iTunes via TouchArcade
    This article was originally published in forum thread: SNES Emulator Found Hidden in a Recently Released File Manager App in the App Store started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      Just DL'ed it...
    1. tankz504's Avatar
      tankz504 -
      Nice! Thanks! If only it had icontrolpad support too
    1. Cmds187's Avatar
      Cmds187 -
      If i buy it and apple takes It off will I still have it , if so will they refund me
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Its ridiculous that emulators are not allowed in the App Store.

      Quote Originally Posted by Cmds187 View Post
      If i buy it and apple takes It off will I still have it
      Yes.
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Pretty smooth. Thanks.
    1. Titan3636's Avatar
      Titan3636 -
      Nice!!!!!
    1. Jato_BZ's Avatar
      Jato_BZ -
      Yes!!
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Downloading now
    1. StuG III's Avatar
      StuG III -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      Its ridiculous that emulators are not allowed in the App Store.
      Maybe because emulators play copyrighted games? :P
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Right about that and their are so many sites u can use to download the roms from. Anyway get it well u can if your not jail broken its worth it. If your into that sort of thing.
    1. solares103's Avatar
      solares103 -
      Not paying for something u can get free... Emu4ios.weebly.com people no jailbreak needed sios emulator is the app this remote file manager is using
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      it's awesome, but should we be concerned that devs are getting things past Apple, I mean what if somebody has created an app with malicious code hidden in it. It just crossed my mind
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      it's awesome, but should we be concerned that devs are getting things past Apple, I mean what if somebody has created an app with malicious code hidden in it. It just crossed my mind
      Good point. How do we know this app itself doesn't do this?
    1. Gamemaster77's Avatar
      Gamemaster77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mlee19841 View Post
      Good point. How do we know this app itself doesn't do this?
      Because then they would have to have broken past Apple's app sandboxing, which is only done by jailbreaking.
    1. Mahboi's Avatar
      Mahboi -
      Quote Originally Posted by solares103 View Post
      Not paying for something u can get free... Emu4ios.weebly.com people no jailbreak needed sios emulator is the app this remote file manager is using
      I'm aware of this, but how do you get sios or the other SNES emulator to work? I couldn't run games on sios and the other one was just corrupted (in terms of controls) on my iPad.
    1. solares103's Avatar
      solares103 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mahboi View Post
      I'm aware of this, but how do you get sios or the other SNES emulator to work? I couldn't run games on sios and the other one was just corrupted (in terms of controls) on my iPad.
      U have to install it and run it the first time with the date before july or before this year like it says.. Then i can add the games throu itunes in that drop box.. Sios is what i use and it works fine on my ipad mini and iphone 5 both on ios 7 latest beta
    1. Italia411's Avatar
      Italia411 -
      Well that didn't last long...
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by StuG III View Post
      Maybe because emulators play copyrighted games? :P
      So do the original consoles.

      As the owner of several ROM-dumping and loading hardware units, I can attest to there being plenty of legal ways to get copyrighted games on it and they also play homebrew games that are perfectly legal.
    1. StuG III's Avatar
      StuG III -
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      So do the original consoles.

      As the owner of several ROM-dumping and loading hardware units, I can attest to there being plenty of legal ways to get copyrighted games on it and they also play homebrew games that are perfectly legal.
      Ok so you make a back up of your own game? Doubtful any of these people do. But that's not the point. I use emulators (Dolphin specifically) but I have owned all the games I use with my emulator. It's still illegal and making backup disc images is a legal grey area when considered for emulator use.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      it's awesome, but should we be concerned that devs are getting things past Apple, I mean what if somebody has created an app with malicious code hidden in it. It just crossed my mind
      Good point. Definitely makes you think.
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