squirtleYou can already get the old version of GBA4iOS without jailbreaking through a weird workaround by rolling back your date to 2012 and installing it from iEmulators... But per a countdown on GBA4iOSapp.com, the new and improved version 2.0 is launching soon which sports an awesome feature set.

First off, it's been redesigned from the ground up for iOS 7 and it has been optimized for iPads as well. An in-app browser makes downloading .ROMs even easier and GBA4iOS has full cheat code support with five different code formats that covers basically every Game Genie and Action Replay code on the planet. They've re-worked .ROM compatibility to allow it to work with any Gameboy Advance, Gameboy Color, or O.G. Gameboy game, seamlessly, without needing additional emulators installed.

Better yet, it has full Dropbox sync capabilities, iOS 7 controller support, and some crazy sounding "event support," where the developer can do things like distribute rare Pokemon and other neat features that are hard to believe that they're included in an emulator. Allegedly it's not going to require jailbreaking to install, but it'll be interesting to see if it requires the same date changing tricks as the current GBA4iOS to install.

  • iPhone Gruru

    It is rumored not to need the date change trick. Or so says Joel from iDB

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      That's what I saw on Twitter and Reddit. CURIOUS.

  • Broli95

    Woah great news!!!

  • http://PixileStudios.com/ Michael

    Awesome, is this the same GBA4iOS from rileytestut's GitHub? Does it support link cables now? Hope that screenshot in the article is not from the actual update...

    • bendodson

      Yes it is Riley that developed it. From his blog, I think he said link cables weren't supported but the final release might have it - not 100% sure though.

    • JaJaBinks2

      The update supports custom-made skins, so you can make your own, which is the one in the screenshot.

  • shdwstar2417

    Who's looking forward to Wednesday now ?

    • 5hift

      Special hump day!

  • riggysmalls

    I always had sound bugs with this in the past, I hope those have been fixed!

    Also, I wish we could watch this with the TA app!

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Haha, well, in order for that to work we need an iTunes ID... :P

      • riggysmalls

        Thanks for the reply, while I have you here...

        When is the TA App going to get an update? It is missing some much needed improvements:

        -ios 7 theme
        -swipe right and left to go back and forward
        -not having to hit back through every page of a thread to get out of it

        Just some suggestions :)
        Cheers!

      • CausticXD

        You could get out of a thread and back to the TA home page by holding the back button. You could also click on the breadcrumb links at the top of the forum to move out of that particular thread.

      • riggysmalls

        Thank you for the suggestion about holding back. It helps, but I think the TA App could use a UI update still :)

      • shieldser99

        At this rate an N64 emulator should be out soon

      • Onikage725

        I'm still waitin on Zod's PS1 emu.

      • Onikage725

        One weird thing is there isn't much competition on ios, at least anymore. Maybe it's because of how much Apple cracks down on jailbreaks. Zod actually said he isn't planning N64 since Retroarch exists. I tried it, found it lacking. I tried its DS features and...meh. Meanwhile on my droid, Exophase himself has a fantastic DS emulator, and every other system has a few different competitors. I still hope for an ios port of SuperGNES.

  • KoRoV

    Why no one release NES emulator? :(

    • videba

      That can play Mario hacks

  • Kugiro

    OMG someone did not read the articles from earlier today......

    • Kugiro

      COUGH yesterday....

      • KoRoV

        Yes i did but thats not that :/ i wona emulator in app form not in my web browser :/ i get gredlee in time, now only waiting nes and psp emulator smugeld in appstore :p

      • JaJaBinks2

        But it is an app, ypu just download it from safari and not the app store

  • oneironaut

    Why don't people just jailbreak? There's virtually no downside to it.

    • http://afterpad.com/ Kevin MacLeod

      Without getting into stability issues or distaste of piracy or relying on the work of hackers, the upcoming iOS 7.1 will block the existing jailbreak method...

      • OrionnoirO

        Why? The last jailbreak is compatible with 7.1 Betas isn't it? Is there something they are going to throw into 7.1 without it being tested?

      • http://afterpad.com/ Kevin MacLeod

        I don't believe the jailbreak is compatible with the last beta, no.

      • OrionnoirO

        As per Evasi0n's webpage ((they are now on update 1.0.5)) "1.0.3: updated bundled Cydia, now double checking hfs modifications (for the iPad Mini Retina Cellular reboot loop issue), support for iOS 7.1beta3"
        And as far as @iH8sn0w is concerned regarding beta 4 -
        "By early analysis, Not much seems patched in 7.1b4 as far as userland exploits go. Unsure about kernel."
        So, in all it doesn't seem 7.1 has affected much so far, things could change, of course...

      • MidlifeCornet27

        Jailbreak on 7.0 then when 7.1 releases don't get it until Evasion 7 is compatible

      • http://afterpad.com/ Kevin MacLeod

        Or don't jailbreak, and stop worrying about when you can or can't update.

        I was a hardcore jailbreaker back on the iPhone 1, before the App Store. Even through 3GS I dabbled in it. Now, it's hard to imagine any jailbreak tweak as valuable as the speed and stability improvements 7.1 should bring.

      • WarMachine

        Then don't update it. What's so important on the new update that you would need to update it? Or how about instead of worrying when to and not to update, you pansies can jailbreak your phone, install RetroArch, and stop "waiting" for an app (disguised as an emulator) that's just gonna get removed by apple, or another bypass like this one, that's as easily going to get patched up.

    • KoRoV

      Yes ther is, my GE and FMA acounts will be suspended and unfortunatly that is only way for me to get legal copies of my games. I was jailbreaken 2 years ago and was using pirate games befoure, but when i find out for those two i turned to legal buyings to suport devs and never downloaded pirate app again :)

      • WarMachine

        No one said anything about piracy. Jailbreak doesn't equal piracy.

    • marcanthony0313

      When you have a school iPad there aren't many options.

  • TERABITDEFIANCE

    i hope the sound is fixed for games :/

    • Deebro

      It is, according to a beta-tester's blog. Ready for some seriously good Zelda Music!

  • http://afterpad.com/ Kevin MacLeod

    This is great news!
    I've always felt that the GBA lends itself particularly well to iPhone emulation. The games just seem appropriate.

    I'm especially interested in the iOS 7 controller support, and I'll be looking forward to diving into that as soon as this is released...

    • Womble

      Totally agree about gba and iphone!

  • _the_escape_artist_

    I still gave my GBA and all my Pokémon games there. Really only game I wanted to play other than the "Battle Network" Megaman series was Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories but it seems the .ROMs for that game are useless. If anyone know of one that works, please, TELL MEEEE! Or e-mail it to me. Please! Haha.

    • Deebro

      According to an operationidroid video on Mithical's GBA 4 IOS blog, it does.

      • Deebro

        See the video yourself!

      • _the_escape_artist_

        Oohh thanks. I'll check it out.

  • Womble

    Im looking forward to the warioware twisted support! Also the pokemon events seem cool too.

  • Broli95

    Wario Ware twisted support, events, all gameboy games working( colour, advance, normal), customizable button layout..... Seriously guys go check the video on the official site, great is not enough to describe it

  • Reydn

    Why would Apple approve this app? I don't see how it could possibly be approved (not that I want it to be rejected) ...

    • CausticXD

      I read it as not being an app on the App Store and could be installed via Safari so Apple approving it is irrelevant.

    • QuarterSwede

      It's not being distributed through the App Store. The current GBA4iOS uses a date changing trick to allow side loading. The downside is that only one app can be installed that way at a time (for some reason). Apparently they changed that for this release. Not sure what.

  • ste86uk

    I'd love this but last time I run an emulator I was doing pretty good in my games then apple stopped me being able to use it : ( lost everything.

  • curtisrshideler

    YES!!! Love the old one and will love this one even more. Such great news!

  • borntodie007

    iOS controller support with fast forward? Damnnnnnn well time to get a deticatex

  • Holcman

    The only problems I had with the last one was sound lag. Anyways, looking forward to it!

  • Kozio235

    PyrofilmsFX did a ton of coverage on this ._.
    From what he said, it'll use the 2012 time work around

    • Womble

      I was told by rileys special friend that it should work without changing the date

  • HansKaosu

    I don't like this trend of TouchArcade promoting piracy. >_>

    • http://afterpad.com/ Kevin MacLeod

      It's not necessarily piracy. I actually HAVE ripped some of my games to use with emulators. People like us aren't just make-believe to dodge lawsuits - we do exist!

    • timb

      Yeah, playing a 20 year old game that I've already paid for one, two or three times = piracy.

      There's also the simple fact that the majority of these games are no longer sold and haven't been for a long time. Even if I didn't originally own a copy I'm not taking money out of someone's pocket by downloading it.

      In games still available through something like Virtual Console on the Wii, you might make a case, but it's still a poor one. (That's also what I meant about buying the same game more than once! I've paid for the original Super Mario Bros. a fair number of times at this point and I'm done. They're not squeezing anymore blood from this stone!)

      If I've paid for the content (i.e. the work that went into producing the game; source code, art, sound, music) then I have the personal rights to use it however I wish. Nintendo dropping that original ROM into an emulator and selling it on the Wii does not constitute a new work, while Nintendo updating all the graphics and sound for the SNES version in Super Mario All Stars does (or at least a clear derivative).

      The same goes for music. If I buy an album on iTMS then I'm free to download a FLAC copy on BitTorrent. I've paid for my personal right to listen to the music, the medium doesn't matter.

      I know this isn't the way things legally work in a lot of cases, but it's the common sense, moral way to deal with these issues. Of course the big corporations want to charge us over and over again for something they released 20 years ago, it's free money to them! That doesn't mean it's in any way fair, moral or ethical.

      And pussies like you don't make things better. Stand up for your own personal freedoms dude, before they're gone too.

      • seinfeld95

        Awesome comment is awesome.

    • darkcrayon

      Where's the piracy? Maybe you'd feel better if they had a disclaimer that said you should only download ROMs that you legally own? Emulators alone don't necessarily represent piracy- if they did I doubt you would see them on Google's Play store, for example.

      • Guest

        emulators are useless without roms.. and its illegal to download roms.

      • darkcrayon

        It's illegal to download copyrighted material you don't have the rights to download, but it's not illegal to generically download a "ROM" as your overly simplified statement suggests.

  • Ninja_Blade_Diego

    Awesome, I can't wait.!

  • wolfie9090

    Yesyesyesyes!

  • gwarmaxx

    if i have already installed one of another emus from the old EMU4iOS website (like SiOS, iDOS, etc.), does this one overwrite it?

    • Womble

      From what I've been seeing on twitter, no, it wont! It will use a different distribution system apparently.

  • Vexka

    AWWWWWHHH YEAAH! Today's gonna rock! 1 hour and a bit from now... #FinalCountdown
    (Lolwut)

  • EvilAbdy

    Anyone else install this? It installed fine. Haven't opened it yet.