Is it even possible to load custom OS on Ipod Nano 6G?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by apachea, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. apachea macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2012
    I have been looking around the internet and it seems that I can't exactly get a straight answer. Does anyone know if it is possible to load a completely new OS on an ipod touch 6G? I don't believe it is but it would be cool if so
  2. apachea thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2012
  3. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    I run Windows 7 Ultimate and Linux (dual boot) on mine.:D
  4. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    I run Windows 8 Preview on mine~ Touchscreen never felt so good :cool:
  5. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    negative on the 6G, older models were able to run non-apple stuff like DOOM
  6. iPave macrumors member


    Mar 15, 2008
    Tampere, Finland
    Of course it's possible. Although I'm not sure if anyone has done it yet.
  7. ghellquist macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2011
    Stockholm Sweden
    Should be possible

    It should be possible. After all, Apple manages to do software updates. But I have not seen that anyone actually has done it.

    My guess is that it would take a lot of detective work for you (or anyone) trying to create and install that different OS. The detective work would include writing device drivers and also decoding how the OS update really is done. Probably quite a bit of assembly language programming, and a few bricked devices along the way. Most probably the OS is organized into a single image burnt into memory, running the code directly. No files loaded from "disc" in other worlds, and hence no disc system to hack (compared to some older nanos, where the memory held a small boot loader and the disc had the actual OS).

    The bottom line is that it needs a dedicated hacker spending quite some time to do it. And my guess is that the payback for all that work is not going to be enormous, after all the machine has few resources which would limit many interesting things to run on the box. But it is a free world, just do it!

    // Gunnar

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