iPadian 3.0

IOS emulator for people who own an Apple device and a PC

  • Category:

    Operating Systems

  • Version:

    3.0

  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free (gpl)
  • Vote:
    6.0 (322)
iPadian 3.0
iPadian 1.0

If you have a Windows desktop, and you want to alter the user interface to simulate that of an iPad, iPadian is the ideal solution. This small piece of software provides a nearly perfect simulation of the standard iPad interface, and it applies that interface to a Windows PC.

True fans of the iPad enjoy the impressive graphical capabilities of the device, and this software brings that aesthetic to a Windows system. In most cases, iPad owners also own other Apple products, and that sometimes extends to their line of personal computers. It seems that just about anyone who would consider this software for Windows would probably already have a Mac computer so they don't have to bother with emulation. However, there are certainly scenarios in which this software could be quite helpful.

Perhaps you acquired an iPad as the first piece of your collection of Apple products. If this is the case, you were probably accustomed to Windows systems before that. Operating the iPad convinced you that Mac systems are the superior option, but you have yet to replace your system due to the associated costs or some other reason. For those in situations like this, iPadian is the best way to bring the feel of an Apple device to your Windows PC.

When you first open iPadian, you'll be greeted with a Dashboard that contains a number of elements, including two dedicated widgets for Facebook. There will also be a dock filled with the most commonly-used apps, a search bar, and icons that connect you to other apps. The software comes with many popular pieces of software, like Instagram, YouTube, and Angry Birds.

Whenever you launch apps inside iPadian, they will open in a separate browser window. The right side of the app holds a secondary list of apps that act as shortcuts. Since the apps open in separate browser windows, they aren't actually located on your system. Instead, they take advantage of the web to produce a browser-based version that is accessible from anywhere with the proper credentials. Those who consider themselves to be the staunchest fans of the iPad might find the web-app experience a bit cheap compared to the real thing, but others will see the software as a way to take advantage of specific web apps in a fun and unique way.

One issue with the software is that it doesn't include any of the advanced functionality that can be gleaned from the iPad. The emulation looks quite nice from a purely aesthetic point of view, but it's still a Windows system under the new flashy exterior. As a result, many of the native features of iPadian are often slow and irritating. You also need a fairly strong internet connection to take full advantage of all the different web apps in the software.

Pros

  • Many Integrated Web Apps
  • Facebook Widgets
  • Sidebar Mirrors App Store
  • Custom UI

Cons

  • Slow Performance
  • Limited iPad Emulation

iPadian is a unique program that transforms the look and feel of your computer from a basic Windows theme into the theme of an iPad, including the background, buttons and toolbar options of the system.

What iPadian Offers

The iPad made a huge splash due to a combination of different features, which include the size of the device, the various functions of the device, and particularly the look and layout of the device. The way the original iPad was set up, with large and rounded icons over a bright and vivid backdrop, can now be transferred to your personal computer with the free program iPadian. At only 238 KB in size, this program isn’t going to take up much space at all, and it's compatible with Windows 7.

Of course, this software only appeals to those individuals who really love the iPad. There are plenty of different theme options out there, including some provided by Windows, which provide larger, more rounded icons and similar features. Though iPadian provides the entire iPad experience, even with the way some of the programs open (though operation cannot be the same, for obvious reasons).

Different Features of iPadian

The first noticeable feature of iPadian is that, graphically speaking, the emulation is incredibly similar to the real thing. It looks as if your monitor is a larger iPad, and that extends to the way notification boxes are displayed and how your PC’s toolbars are replaced completely by iPad-like elements. Speaking from a visual standpoint, it’s quite impressive.

The famous iPad Dashboard is also there with iPadian. You get your Facebook widgets, your search bar, a common apps dock, and even popular iPad apps like Instagram, YouTube, and the famous Angry Birds game.

The difference in function comes through loud and clear once you begin to run your programs. Most programs will open up in a separate browser window. This doesn’t happen with the iPad OS, and it's a quick reminder that you only have the iPad theme, not the iPad function. Not to mention that there aren’t any touch-screen capabilities. It’s not magic.

There are also times where iPadian can run really slow, but this is mostly an issue with slow computers or computers that are packed full of programs. If the program starts to slow the computer down, many of the app icons won’t load up and you may be left with an incomplete theme. Computer tweaks may fix this, but if you’re having serious issues, uninstalling the program is probably in your best interest.

Pros

  • Program gives you a very similar look to the iPad
  • Free program that does not take up much space at all
  • You receive different applications, the same as the iPad
  • The sidebar and Facebook widgets add to the iPad experience

Cons

  • The program may start to run slow or glitch
  • You only get the iPad look and feel, not the function
  • You cannot mix and match themes

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