Is it possible to install the IPHONE OS onto a Mac?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by jeffwarrington, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. jeffwarrington macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2009
    Previously I heard rumors that Apple was considering a "Quick Boot" option which would allow Macs to boot directly into Front Row, or maybe into a modified version of the Iphone OS. Has anyone hacked the Iphone OS and successfully installed it onto the boot partition of a Mac?
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    The iPhone OS is for ARM CPUs, and will not run (at all) on Intel/PPC systems. The only possibility is if somebody pokes around with the Intel files included in the iPhone Simulator (at least I'm assuming that it's Intel-compiled).
  3. WPeterson macrumors member


    Dec 14, 2008
    New York
    right. such iPhone OS can be properly installed on Mac, and it's great for any further iPhone apps development. but how can i get the OS to install?
  4. doug in albq Suspended

    doug in albq

    Oct 12, 2007
    I am bumping this thread because I am wondering the same thing.

    Is there any way, through virtualization or emulation, to try the iphone OS in a separate window on a Mac?

    Wouldn't this be great for iPhone App. developers?
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    If you want to recompile the entire thing to run on x86, go right ahead.

    It runs on ARM processors. It is simulated in the iPhone SDK. That's as close as you're going to get without some MAJOR changes.
  6. doug in albq Suspended

    doug in albq

    Oct 12, 2007
    Thanks for that answer.

    I could have sworn I saw some 3rd party app that let you emulate the iphone OS in a window on a Mac...must have been in a parallel universe!
  7. benflick macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    There is an app that allows you to control your phone via your computer. It is called Veency and it is available through Cydia.
  8. doug in albq Suspended

    doug in albq

    Oct 12, 2007
    What about this: (from another thread), pretty close to what I was asking about...

    "It's easy like that:

    1. Register as an iPhone software developer here at Apple

    2. Download and install Software Development Kit (it's huge - 1,75 GB) - for free

    3. Search with Spotlight for "iPhone Simulator" (here the desired result shows up after the i already)

    4. Start iPhone and you'll get a nice vivid picture of an iPhone on your big screen. - And it works! (You can't make phone calls admittedly.) You can rotate it to landscape view."
    EDIT:the iPhoneSimulator in the iPhone SDK is exactly what I was looking for.

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