How to find the iOS Simulator in Xcode 4.3 / 4.4 / 4.5 / 4.6 / 5.0

In version 4.3 (and later) of Xcode (Apple’s development environment), Apple made some changes to how Xcode appears:
The Xcode 4.3 Toolset Is Repackaged as a Single App

This definitely makes handling Xcode much easier, as it is not spread across several folders. But since you’re not a developer, why should you care about it?

Because the Xcode package contains the iOS Simulator, which you use to perform all iOS simulations on your Mac, such as previewing self-designed apps using QuarkXPress and Quark App Studio.

Though with App Studio you never need to use Xcode and never need to code (unless you want to) you will need Xcode for two things: 1) Using iOS Simulator to look at your self designed iPad layouts and apps and 2) to use App Studio Factory to create an app (it uses Xcode in the background).

So where is iOS Simulator now? It is within the Xcode package. To access it:

  1. Go to ~/Applications, and right-click Xcode.
  2. Select “Show Package Contents”. A folder opens.
  3. Browse through the folder structure to “Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneSimulator.platform/Developer/Applications/”
  4. There you’ll see the “iOS” — it’s best to add it to the dock, so that you do not need to go through these steps again.
  5. Close all the folders, as you won’t need them to use the iOS Simulator.
  6. Start iOS Simulator from the Dock.

So next time you need iOS Simulator you just click on the Dock icon, which looks like this:

Showing iOS Simulator in Dock