DOS, Windows app runs on an iPad, iPhone

DOS, Windows app runs on an iPad, iPhone

Summary: Somehow, Apple has approved a DOS emulator for the iPhone and iPad and it's on the App Store for 99 cents.

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Interested in using your iPad to emulate a 20-year-old computer? No problem, if you get iDOS, a 99-cent DOS emulator currently on sale at the App Store. (Credit: CNET)

Somehow, Apple has approved a DOS emulator for the iPhone and iPad and it's on the App Store for 99 cents. Better yet, someone managed to load Windows 3.0 on the thing.

The app, iDOS, is universal, working well on iPads and iPhones alike. It features such niceties as a retro grimy keyboard, floppy drive, and attached sticky notes, along with a coffee-stained notepad. But if you want it, you probably better buy it quick. I suspect it's going to be a race between Apple's store monitoring team and Microsoft's lawyers over who can cry foul first.

In the meantime, here's a screenshot of it running on an iPad as well as a link to Touch Arcade, which has pictures of the thing running Windows 3.0.

For more on this story, read Emulator runs DOS, Windows on an iPad on CNET News.

Topics: iPad, iPhone, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • RE: DOS, Windows app runs on an iPad, iPhone

    Excellent! Now Microsoft can take over the iPad from the inside out! :)
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: DOS, Windows app runs on an iPad, iPhone

      @Loverock Davidson
      You forgot the "Mwah hah hah"!
      endermc12
  • Actually, the best option would be a Win32 store, based on WineLib, so,

    you can re-compile the applications and then they run native.
    DonnieBoy
  • RE: DOS, Windows app runs on an iPad, iPhone

    Mac would never run WINE on the iphone/ipad, because Jobs would go nuts.
    Socratesfoot
  • Cool or Stupid?

    Not sure
    Economister
  • RE: DOS, Windows app runs on an iPad, iPhone

    So evidently I was one of the few who did download iDOS before it got pulled, as a "toy app" for my husband to play with since he's our DOS man at home... and so as I am syncing my phone right now, it occurs to me that maybe it might not stay on my phone? or should I just unclick it on the sync thing so no harm comes to it? Or will the developer be allowed to support the 5 or 10 of us who got it (I really have no idea what the statistics are for downloads?).

    Thanks...
    MsDrPepper