iOS is the name of the operating system that powers Apple devices like iPhones and iPads.
Many estimates say that iOS and Android control over 90% of the mobile user market combined. The large market share is good news for Apple mobile device owners who want to play blackjack. Your options are just as wide and varied as that of the Android owners.
We’ve already covered Android blackjack, so here’s a page about the other half of the market. Even if you’re an iOS user take a couple minutes and check out the details on our Android blackjack page because most of the information is useful for all mobile gamers.
Real Money Blackjack Apps
Unlike the Android markets, Apple has a tight control over the apps offered for their devices. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have plenty of options for real money iOS blackjack if it’s legal in your jurisdiction.
For example, you can find two Bet365 apps inside the iTunes store.
But you can only play real money blackjack if you live where it’s legal. We aren’t able to track all of the changing laws across the globe and even if we could we don’t offer legal advice. Make sure you check your local laws before playing for real money.
The easiest places to play real money iOS blackjack apps are in the countries that have put laws in place and license reputable casino operators.
If you don’t live where legal real money mobile blackjack is available you’ll have to stick to the free blackjack games available in the iTunes store.
Real Money iOS Blackjack without an App
Most iPad and iPhone owners think the only way they can play games or do anything on their devices is by using an app. Since these apps are only available in Apple controlled market places Apple doesn’t want you to think about other ways to play.
But if you use the browser on your Apple device you can access many browser based applications, including blackjack games.
Most online casinos have developed instant play browser based gaming platforms, so as long as the blackjack game you want to play fits on your screen you can play without an app. This is easier on iPads, but most iPhones are also able to be used because most blackjack games are small.
Simply find an online casino offering browser based blackjack, sign up for an account, and navigate to the log in on your phone or notebook.
Deposits and Withdrawals on iOS Blackjack Apps
We covered deposit and withdrawal methods on the Android page, but the best way to find out which methods are available is check in the app after you get it installed. That way there’s never any question about the safest and easiest methods.
Popular methods include:
- Bank wire
Social iOS Blackjack Apps
Social gaming has exploded as more people use their mobile devices to do more things in their life. Since you always have your iPhone or iPad with you the companies that develop apps have tried to make an app for everything.
Not only can you find apps to use as a calendar, phone book, map, fitness tracker, calorie counter, and everything else, you can also enjoy social blackjack apps and blackjack trainer apps.
Here are a few of the top iOS social blackjack apps available in the iTunes store.
Designed by MobilityWare, Blackjack Free is an app that works with both the iPad and iPhone. It combines the classic game of 21 with a chance to move up the leaderboard and unlock six unique blackjack rooms while playing.
You can also practice card counting by using either K – O or Hi – Lo, two of the most popular counting systems. The app tracks your lifetime results, lets you turn insurance and surrender on or off, gives you free bonus chips just for logging in on a regular basis, and lets you play with one to eight decks.
Blackjack X is designed by Tom Kerrigan and is playable on iPhones and iPads. It’s designed to be a training aid as much as a free blackjack game. You can use modes including flash cards, training, and analyze your play.
The hand analyzer mode allows you to create your own scenarios and see the best way to play each situation. This app calculates and shows you the best strategy decisions based on a wide range of adjustable table and house rules and shows the odds for each decision in real time as you play.
Card Counter Free
Card Counter Free, designed by TMSOFT, is an all in one iOS app designed to take you from an amateur to a confident card counter. You can use it on iPads and iPhones.
It includes a study guide and a card tutorial about blackjack card counting and uses the popular Hi – Lo card counting system. Though it isn’t included in the base app, if you upgrade you also have access to other polar counting systems including the Zen count, Hi – Opt I, Hi – Opt II, Silver Fox, K – O, and Omega II.
iOS Software / System Requirements
Software and system requirements are app specific so you need to read the specific details for each app you plan to use. The good news is that online and mobile blackjack casinos want as many players as possible so they design their blackjack apps to use as many older operating systems as possible.
Here’s an example:
If you look at the required iOS version for the Bet365 app you can see they currently support iOS 10, iOS 9, and iOS 8. http://casino.bet365.com/mobile/en/compatible-devices/
If you don’t have the most current iOS on your phone or tablet simply go to iTunes to download what you need. Apple is one of the best companies in the world at keeping their devices and operating system current.
Best iOS Devices for Blackjack
Unlike Android devices, all of the phones and tablets that can use the iOS system for blackjack play are Apple devices. So you only have a few choices, but the good news is all of the new Apple devices come with the most recent version of iOS and should handle all of your blackjack app needs.
Here’s a list of Apple devices to consider.
iPad Air 2
iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 2
Make sure you check for the compatibility of any apps you want to use with a specific device listed above before buying a new device. Just because it’s on the list doesn’t mean you can use all of the apps in the iTunes store. The Apple Watch uses a different operating system than iPhones and iPads.
iOS Blackjack FAQ
Is it safe to play real money iOS blackjack?
Apple does a nice job of keeping their marketplace safe, but you still need to take steps to remain safe, especially when it comes to playing real money iOS blackjack. Make sure you’re playing at a licensed and regulated online casino before depositing any money.
If you play a browser based blackjack game instead of an app you can find many unlicensed casinos, so you have to be aware of the company running the game. You also need to make sure you can legally play for real money.
Can I count cards playing iOS blackjack?
Counting cards is the only way to get an edge while playing blackjack. The problem is that when you play on your iPad or iPhone the software that runs the games, at least when you’re playing for real money, shuffles the deck after each deal.
This makes counting cards ineffective. The only thing you can do is look for the blackjack games with the best rules to reduce the house edge and use the best possible strategy. But you won’t be able to find a game where you have a long term edge no matter what you do playing mobile blackjack.
It’s possible to find a mobile casino that offers a bonus for blackjack players which can give you a slight edge while clearing the bonus, but this has nothing to do with counting cards.
Playing Blackjack on an iPhone or iPad
Apple is one of the biggest and most powerful companies in the world and has a solid track record of producing quality devices run by reliable operating systems. This is good news for people who want to enjoy blackjack on their phones or other mobile devices.
You can find real money iOS blackjack apps and free play iOS blackjack apps to use on your iPhone or iPad. The first place to look is in the iTunes store, but if you want to play using a specific mobile casino look for information on the casino site in their mobile section.