Old Meets New: iPhone Running OS System 7

Old Meets New: iPhone Running OS System 7

Taryn Williford
Mar 3, 2009

Thanks to a group of what has to be the most bored Apple fanboys on the planet, we now know what it would be like to run an ancient Apple operating system on the shiniest and tiniest Mac gadget out there, the iPhone. It's pretty cool when you think about it: The OS that used to be all we knew of computing can now be run on our 4.5" by 2.5" inch handheld cell phones.

For some reason, this group was "dedicated to putting MacOS on the iPhone."

They did it, kind of. Thier Web site, the MacOS iPhone Project, gives a little photo-guided play-by-play of their tribulations while trying to make this unnatural tech pairing work in the wild.

Apparently, working the cursor with the touch screen gave them a bit of a problem when accessing menus, but the touch screen interface worked perfectly for dragging and drawing in MacPaint. MacDraw worked also, but since there's no tactile keyboard on the iPhone, typing was an impossibility. The only kinda big bug is that when you move to shut down the OS, the phone crashes and reboots to the normal iPhone screen.

The project group says that once they've got all the kinks worked out, they'll release the code, so you can expect to be retro computing in no time.

[ Via OS News ]

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