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Developing IOS application

A quick questyion: in this page (http://docwiki.embarcadero.com/RADStudio/XE5/en/IOS_Mobile_Application_Development) the first line says:
The FireMonkey framework and the RAD Studio IDE provide the tools you need to develop applications that target the iOS platform.
But in section Hardware requirement it says:
In addition to your development PC, you need the following to develop mobile applications for iOS:

    A Mac running OS X
    An iOS device, connected to your Mac by USB cable

The question is: Do I must buy a Mac and an iPad to develop an application for iPad or the IOS simulator allows me to develop and test the app?

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Marco Gasi
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jimyXCommented:
No not really. There is what is called virtualizer.
But for producing professional apps, at some point the experience on Mac/iPad is required and it is different than on a virtualizer.
At least you need Mac to get started professionally:
iOS Simulator on Mac

But that should not be the limit:
http://www.macbreaker.com/2012/07/mountain-lion-virtualbox.html
http://www.smartface.io/ios-and-android-emulator-on-windows/
http://www.hackintosh.com/

Mind license violation.
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Marco GasiFreelancerAuthor Commented:
Hi jimix, thanks for your reply.
Interesting resource, but can you explain or link a tutorial which explains how use Delphi XE5 to develop an Ios app using let's say the VM you told about? Are you saying I can tell Delphi that a VM residing on the same machine is another computer? Sorry, but I'm really new to this kind of things.
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jimyXCommented:
>   "...link a tutorial which explains how use Delphi XE5 to develop an Ios app using let's say the VM you told about?"
Use your Delphi to produce the apps and manually load it in the VM and start using it.

>   "Are you saying I can tell Delphi that a VM residing on the same machine is another computer?"
Keep in mind that VM is not like emulator which Delphi uses. VM is stand alone workstation and if you need to communicate with it, you need to use Network, File Sharing, or Plug-ins, if supported.

I have no real experience using it with Mac/iOS. I tried it once with Android, but dropped it, since it's heavily consuming resources.

You can either enable folder sharing in the VirtualBox (settings) or if not possible use USB memory-stick and capture it (Devices menu) after loading your apps on it.

More options are explained in the link you referred to earlier.

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Marco GasiFreelancerAuthor Commented:
Thank you so mutch, JimyX.
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