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DOS, Windows app runs on an iPad, iPhone

Somehow, Apple has approved a DOS emulator for the iPhone and iPad and it's on the App Store for 99 cents.
Written by Ina Fried, Contributor on


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.

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