It’s been a whirlwind of a week if you’re an iPhone owner, as Apple has opened the floodgates for emulators to arrive. Although Apple’s guidelines didn’t specifically prohibit emulators from the App Store, app submissions were repeatedly denied. Thankfully, those problems seem to be long behind us, as we’ve seen a few emulators make their way onto the official App Store.

The latest of which is Delta, an emulator that has been around for years, and was derived from GBA4iOS. However, this has left many wondering whether other popular emulators would arrive, including the likes of PPSSPP, Provenance, and RetroArch. Well, at least in the case of the first two, the developers of both emulators have confirmed that they will be arriving on the App Store.

Henrik Rydgard, the developer of PPSSPP, wrote a blog post confirming that the excellent multi-platform PSP emulator “will come to the App Store later this year.” This comes after Apple confirmed that emulators will be able to rely on ROMs and ISO files that are downloaded from the internet. This has been one of the sticking points when it comes to emulators on Apple devices, as the company doesn’t want to get involved in the piracy debate.

Provenance is another popular emulator, but like Delta, has only been available for Apple devices. In a statement to iMore, the project lead of Provenance stated the team “are working on a release. I need to investigate these new rules before an App Store submission, and to improve some quality-of-life issues. Also, I need to change some things to adhere to the App Store’s rules, such as mentioning “beta.”

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There are a couple of reasons why you’ll want to get excited about the release of Provenance. The first of which is that it’s compatible with more retro gaming systems than Delta. It can be used with systems including the PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, and GameCube. The developers are also working on updates that bring support for the Dreamcast and PS2, of which there currently aren’t any solutions available on the App Store.

The other reason to get excited about Provenance is that it can be used with the Apple TV. While Delta offers the ability to AirPlay from your Apple device, it currently cannot be downloaded on an Apple TV. If everything goes according to plan, Provenance will be perfect for playing your favorite retro games from the comfort of your own couch, without needing to worry about an unstable AirPlay connection.

While all of this news is great, there’s one emulator that we haven’t heard anything about, and that’s RetroArch. The team has yet to confirm, nor deny, whether the popular multi-system emulator will make its way to the App Store. While Provenance, PPSSPP, and Delta are doing a great job so far, RetroArch offers a level of customization and control that the other emulators simply don’t provide. In the meantime, we’ll keep our ears to the ground in the hopes that more emulators arrive on the App Store.

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