The Remoted iOS Simulator (for Windows) just came out for Visual Studio, and if you haven’t tried it, I definitely recommend doing so if you are tired of remoting into your MAC build server to debug your Xamarin iOS apps.
The Remoted iOS Simulator allows you to “Test and debug iOS apps entirely within Visual Studio on Windows”. I must say having tried it out, I found it works as advertised! It’s wonderful to be able to run a fully live, real iOS app in a simulator window locally. It saves time as I don’t have to remote into my Mac build server or be physically near it to interact with a running app.
Simply download the installer, run it, and you’re good to go. Set your iOS Xamarin project as the startup project. When you hit ‘debug’ a local iOS simulator pops up and runs locally right on your machine. You can interact with the app as it runs on the Mac.
The simulator has some basic but useful features like locking the home screen, setting the location, and the ability to rotate and shake the device.
Here is a screenshot of a map view in a real app. Giddy! Best of all, the simulator stays running and connected to your Mac after you stop debugging so can use a live Xaml previewer like Gorilla Player for design time visuals. This is one breakthrough that deserves full applause from the masses.