Delta’s latest update lets iPad users emulate multiple games at once

The Delta iOS app has rolled out a new update that introduces the retro gaming emulator’s redesigned logo, along with native iPad support that allows users to play multiple games at once. Users in the EU can download the update directly from AltStore PAL, but everyone else will have to wait for Delta 1.6 to be approved by the App Store — Apple has rejected the current version, according to a screenshot shared by Delta developer Riley Testut.

Technically, the app was already available on the iPad, but due to the lack of full support, the app had to run as a letterboxed iPhone app. This affected the emulator’s touch controls and prevented games from taking advantage of the full iPad screen.

The new Delta 1.6 update addresses these issues and allows the app to take full advantage of native iPad features, such as Stage Manager support, Handoff (presumably to continue gaming sessions started on an iPhone), and Split View. Split View allows users to play emulated games in multiple windows.

Update 1.6 optimizes Delta’s user interface to take full advantage of the iPad’s full screen. It also improves touchscreen controls with new virtual controllers.
Image: Riley Testut

Delta has also finalized its new app icon, having dropped the stylized letter “D” it previously used after Adobe took issue with the similarities it shared with its own logo. Delta’s updated icon features a more fragmented look and was designed by Caroline Moore, who also creates all of the emulator’s controller skins.

The new Delta logo (pictured) should be different enough from Adobe’s to mitigate the reported threat of legal action.
Image: Riley Testut / Caroline Moore

Those features would be the icing on the cake, which is already feature-rich, as Delta currently emulates the NES, SNES, N64, Game Boy, GBA and Nintendo DS, and can be played on TVs thanks to AirPlay. One thing it won’t do, however, is run on Android, with Testut confirming The edge that there are “no plans” to port the iOS-exclusive version.

Update, July 11: Added note about Apple rejecting the App Store app.

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