In the world of software development, there are three main areas of focus: websites, web applications and mobile applications. When an internet user visits a website, they will see a homepage with texts, hyperlinks, and images that will determine their next destination on that website.
Unbeknownst to most of these users, a lot of work has been done to make the website run smoothly on every modern device used to access the website. This work is much more than replacing links with colorful text and attractive images.
All websites, web and mobile applications need rigorous testing during all stages of their development. This is done to ensure content is displayed correctly and the website or application being built is compatible with all modern devices, operating systems, web browsers and browser versions.
For example, in 2021, Meta launched a beta test for multi-device support on WhatsApp for iOS before releasing it to the public. Testing is challenging for developers because devices come with different specifications. To tackle this, developers use virtual devices because they facilitate high-end prototyping and unit testing via a simulator or an emulator.
What Is a Virtual Device?
This software replicates the features and abilities of an existing device or operating system. Developers use it to test software they are building to observe their functionality and compatibility.
If they discover bugs during a test, they can implement fixes and check their efficacy in real-time.
iOS is one of the most used mobile operating systems on the planet. In 2021, there were an estimated 900 million active iPhones worldwide, which is a large market for software developers.
Many iOS applications are being built yearly, so there is a constant demand forVirtual iOS devices, built to scale, and companies like Corellium satisfy that demand. They provide both regular and jailbroken devices for developers to meet their needs.
There are two main types of these virtual iOS devices: Simulators and Emulators. Simulators are programs that mimic the behavior of a real-world system, device or process.
On the other hand, emulators are software that exactly replicates the functionality of another software program. Virtual iOS devices are usually built to scale, so the results obtained during testing will be the same as when using the device in a real-world setting.
Pros of Using a Virtual iOS Device
There are many benefits developers will gain from using virtual devices, and some of them include:
1. Cost Reduction
Traditionally, software development companies spend a lot of money on physical servers to host mobile and web applications. Now, they spend less on hardware to run virtual devices that can test their iOS applications.
When companies use physical servers, there would be downtime during maintenance exercises. This does not happen when using virtual devices.
3. Environmental Sustainability
With the lack of servers, software development will use less power and will create a smaller carbon footprint.
With virtual devices, developers can work remotely from any location, which lets them spend more time on their projects.
Applications and websites are constantly being created for iOS 15-supported devices and others as the internet drives many activities today.
Thus, software development needs greater efficiency and sustainability. Virtual iOS devices are a platform for developers to ensure whatever they create for Apple devices is built to scale and work as intended.
Fortunately, these devices cost less to build and run compared to physical servers.