Windows 95 Running on iPhone

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Russian site GooDiPhone demonstrates Windows 95 running on an iPhone via an emulator. While the performance is terrible, it does function as a proof-of-concept, and they note that performance would be improved if they had had access to an iPhone 3GS for testing.

    Article Link: Windows 95 Running on iPhone
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Engadget noted this too, they also noted it had been done on an N95 before.
  3. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
  4. alexbates macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2008
    Georgia, USA
    Nice, I would love to get a copy of that... Cydia maybe? Or even better: the Simulator build which obviously runs better.
  5. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Personally, I would prefer DOS. :p

    Actually, pretty cool being able to run Windows 95. :)
  6. lilmul123 macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2009
    This isn't really that impressive... The iPhone simulator basically runs a copy of iPhone OS built for Intel processors. The real question is... would it actually even RUN on the iPhone? It has to emulate the Intel architecture on the iPhone's ARM CPU whereas it's running natively on the simulator.
  7. zaphoyd macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2002
    THe video shows it running on an actual iPhone as well as the simulator. Unsurprisingly, it appears to run quite a bit faster on the simulator. Is there no way for Apple to make the simulator "simulate" the speed of the various iphone models to help developers cross test applications without physically having every single possible iPhone configuration?
  8. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    That's cool in a weird way, but Jaadu already lets me do that, on an unmodified iPhone--and with good performance! I just operate my iMac remotely via the iPhone, and launch VMWare. (Interface is sluggish unless I'm on my home WiFi--very sluggish on Edge--but things load and process very quickly regardless.)
  9. brasscat macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2007
    Dallas, Texas
    Finally! I'm going to figure out how to use Windows 95 instead of the overly flashy iPhone OSX from now on. AND I can use ActiveSync instead of overly featurefull iTunes, to sync contacts too!
  10. blybug macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2003
    Galveston, TX
    It is cool in a weird way, but watching this "demo" doesn't really convince me that this couldn't just be a movie of slow Win95 playing on the iPhone while the "scrolling" finger plays along with the pre-recorded action.

    But right, aside from the gee-whizziness of it if it's real, not very practical. Several VNC clients as well as the excellent just-released Citrix client for iPhone allow for a very real Windows experience as long as a decent connection is available.

    Wish Apple would add Back-to-My-Mac to the iPhone...
  11. mygoldens macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2005
  12. 3goldens macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    I'm wondering the same thing, who cares about an operating system that is obsolete and no longer used for the ,most part?

    I think some of these guys have way too much time on their hands!
  13. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    So, what concept is it proving? I could put a lawnmower engine in my jeep, but why would I want to? Why would someone want to run Windows 95 on an iPhone? To prove that Windows XP could? Heresy!
  14. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005

    Looks real enough. Just watch when he tries to open a folder on the real iphone - it takes a long time even to highlight the icon!

    The simulator version looks just about usable, but bare in mind that the version compiled for the simulator actually runs natively on the mac. That makes it MUCH faster than the real thing (which is one thing I really hate about the simulator!) For comparison, the last app I wrote initially had a launch time of a couple of seconds on the simulator. On actual hardware, it was 43 seconds, so you're looking at 10-20x faster perhaps, depending on the mac's CPU. (Note that this launch time figure was before optimising - it now loads in a couple of seconds on the phone too ;)
  15. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005
    The point of emulation...

    Nobody is suggesting that they replace the iPhone OS with windows (which would be just as insane as putting that lawnmower engine in your jeep). The idea is that if there's some long-lost game or application that ran on win95 that you'd really love to see again, you can fire up the win95 app and load it whenever you want.

    Personally, I really doubt that the iphone has enough power to do anything useful with win95, but I guess by the time they've got everything working right and as fast as possible we might have a much faster iphone? I wish apple would allow emulators on the app store though, there's a huge amount of classic games out there that would run brilliantly on an iphone!
  16. Cubert macrumors regular


    Apr 30, 2005
    Anyone puke watching the video yet? I almost did.
  17. mrboult macrumors 6502


    Jul 29, 2008
    London, England
    (laughing) . . . I can hardly think of anything I'd like less than Win95 on my iPhone.

    It made me miserable back in '95 and was the last version of windows I ever used at home before switching to OS9 and Mac. Seeing it again actually made me feel a little sick.
  18. bug67 macrumors regular


    Feb 1, 2007
  19. Gyrferret macrumors regular


    Jan 19, 2009
    To everyone above (is it me, or did all the negative responses flood in after just ONE GUY said something bad)....

    BECAUSE YOU F**KING CAN! Are you gonna come and say that putting Windows via Boot Camp on a Mac is a sin?
  20. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


  21. bibhnarp macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2009
    i started watching it

    but then the music kicked in and my chair began to bleed.

    I like my chair.
  22. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Running W95 is a test of the emulator and not and end in of itself. No one wants Windows 95 on the iPhone but the ability to run anything on the iPhone that you could run on a PC would be nice.

    What they are testing is a general purpose abilty to run "PC Stuff" on the iPhone. Windows 95 is just the test case.
  23. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
  24. macduke macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Yikes. Someone has a short attention span. Watch more than just the first minute of the video.

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