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    Question Using iPhone apps on an iMac

    How do I use iPhone apps on an iMac? I can see all my iPhone apps in iTunes but when i double click on them nothing happens. Am trying to access Instagram on my iMac. Is this possible?


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    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    No, it's not possible. iOS apps do not run in OSX
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    Member Since
    Apr 07, 2012
    Ok, thanks. I have just switched from pc to a mac and not a lot of stuff is making sense. I had kind of assumed the iMac would be more intuitive than a pc but most of the time it just leaves me guessing. No wonder there is such an active forum here!

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    Nov 15, 2009
    North Louisiana, USA
    2.8 GHz 2008 MacBook Pro 10.11, 8 GB mem, iPhone 8+, 2015 iMac 16 GB 10.13 beta
    Change is always confusing. keep those questions coming. You'll be answering questions around here before you know it.

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    Feb 21, 2011
    Columbia, SC
    2.5GHz i5 MBP, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, NVIDIA Geforce GT 330m/16GB iPhone 4 in a brick sized otterbox.
    I've never tried it, but was under the impression that you COULD run them with the iOS simulator that comes in the dev kit straight from Apple. No?

    EDIT: This post got me curious, so I went ahead and registered as an Apple Dev (it's free) and am downloading Xcode and the iPhone SDK, which do contain an iOS simulator. It's a 4GB download, so I don't have it yet. Will see how it goes.
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    That's not really the same as running iOS applications as Mac applications, which is what the OP wanted. The iOS simulator is designed for testing iOS apps on a Mac – yes, you're running them, but not in the same way that a typical user would. Also it's impractical for everyone to register as an OS X developer.

    As for the Mac being "intuitive," it is – but if you're used to a different system, you will naturally have to adapt before understanding the intuitiveness. As you begin to understand the mentality behind Apple's design and OS philosophies, things will make a lot more sense to you, I promise. It's much like the mental shift you had to make when you learned to drive a car, when up to that point all you had been used to was riding a bike.

    It may someday be possible for users of a Mac to access iOS apps in a seamless virtual environment – but for the time being, Apple prefers to keep the two systems separate.

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