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Old Oct 25, 2009, 09:33 AM   #1
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Porting iPhone OS to other phones?

Is it possible to do so? Any gurus capable of such a feat/project

Just thinking if its possible to bypass apple's hardware restrictions.
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Old Oct 25, 2009, 07:12 PM   #2
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Is it possible to do so? Any gurus capable of such a feat/project

Just thinking if its possible to bypass apple's hardware restrictions.
There is no way. Good luck.
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Old Oct 25, 2009, 07:16 PM   #3
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"Porting" an OS requires all of its source code, which of course no one outside of Apple has. The best you could hope to do is emulate the OS on another phone, but I don't know why anyone would do that as opposed to just having the developers port individual apps.
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Sure, I'll give it a shot. Got $5 million to fund the effort?

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What hardware restrictions are you trying to bypass and why to do you think porting the OS to other phones is going to solve those?
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Sure, I'll give it a shot. Got $5 million to fund the effort?


What hardware restrictions are you trying to bypass and why to do you think porting the OS to other phones is going to solve those?
Me thinks he works for pystar
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Hence the name 'muttonhead'?
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Wouldn't the OS not be optimized? And it would probably be disabled anyways by Apple in an update or something. And how would it connect to iTunes?
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Old Oct 26, 2009, 04:18 AM   #8
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since apple is rather behind in terms of hardware for the iphone, and companies such as nokia and motorola are churning out phones with impressive hardware, better camera, better built quality, better screen, support for microSD, etc i just thought maybe it would be nice to take whats great about the iphone (not the hardware, just the appstore) and putting it on a great hardware platform.

Anyway i am just imagining, since we've already done it for leopard and snow leopard.
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Anyway i am just imagining, since we've already done it for leopard and snow leopard.
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I think you may be right.
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Anyway i am just imagining, since we've already done it for leopard and snow leopard.
Leopard and snow leopard were not ported to another platform. Since they are already meant to run on Intel processors, all Pystar had to do is create an EFI for their computers that mimics the Mac's EFI and then install OS X on them like normal.

I don't know if anyone really knows exactly how tightly coupled the iPhone OS is to the exact hardware that it currently runs on, but at the very least the OS could only run on other phones with a similarly powerful ARM CPU, and drivers would have to be written to take advantage of any new hardware (different screens, camera, different radios, etc.). It couldn't run at all on either a Palm Pre or the Motorola Droid, for example, since they don't use ARM processors.

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Many other smartphones do use ARM CPUs for the application processor(s). Including Android and Palm. They aren't necessarily the same ARM ISA though. And the boot process and IO driver customization for a devices particular hardware configuration probably represents a few man years of development.

VMWare is trying to sell a OS virtualization layer for smart phones, but I doubt it will host Apple's iPhone OS.
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I probably have an over simplified view, because i though just like the mac os, if i had a different camera on another phone, it would just be a matter of plug and play and the iphone os would automatically use similar drivers to run it.

I must be wrong. would have been nice though.
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