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Developer teases iOS apps running on BlackBerry PlayBook, stops short of releasing the software (video)

Zachary Lutz

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Sometimes, it's much more rewarding simply to appreciate a technical achievement rather than worry about its legal or practical implications. That philosophy couldn't be more true for the travails of businesscat2000, whose handiwork has made it possible to run iOS apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook. The developer likens his project to WINE, which doesn't do hardware emulation, but rather relies on a custom set of APIs to make the wheel go round. While the software was initially greeted with a heavy degree of skepticism, businesscat2000 has since risen to the challenge of CrackBerry, and not only has he personally demonstrated the software, he's shown its ability to run a wide array of apps -- one specifically at the behest of CrackBerry, which belongs to its sister site, iMore. For the moment, the implementation isn't perfect, particularly if the app relies on Apple's UIWebView or CoreData frameworks. For those curious, businesscat2000 has yet to make the software publicly available, although he's expressed a bit of interest. It remains to be seen whether this project will ever see the light of day, but feel free to peek the videos below and scour the CrackBerry forums, where you can learn more of the technical details and dream of what may never be.

[Thanks, @mosologist]

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