Yesterday, Apple briefly approved Dos emulation app iDos
, but then quickly pulled it after discovering users could access the entire iOS file system. Apple does not allow developerís access to the iOS file system from within apps. This kind of access requires users jailbreak their devices first. The app was a steal at just $0.99 and was universal as well. iDos on the iPad, recreated the look and feel of a twenty-year-old beige PC and included realistic details such as a post-it note and dingy keyboard.
iDos was quite a versatile little app too. Not only could you access the file system of your iOS device, but users could also install Windows 3.0. Apple has approved emulators in the past, just look at the Commodore 64
app with its ability to run BASIC.
Apple recently loosened restrictions on what developers can include in their apps. When the App Store first opened, emulation software was summarily rejected. With the updated rules and regulation, some emulator apps are now being approved. iDos just crossed the line when it comes to acceptable emulation.
iDos is based on popular emulator DOSBox
, which is available for Mac and PC. By todayís standards, the Dos operating system is quite ancient. The real appeal of iDos, however, lies in its ability to play classic computer games such as Wing Commander and Kingís Quest. Many classic games are not available unless you use emulation software. If iDos had not been pulled, reliving the good old days when video games less advanced, would have been a fun way to spend an afternoon.
The fact that Apple approved iDos in the first place is a bit of a mystery. Had Apple known that users would be able to install Windows 3 on an iOS device, it would surely never have been approved in the first place. Microsoft has not commented on the matter, but you can be sure that if Apple had not pulled the app over their own objections, Microsoft would have requested it be pulled, sooner or later.
Fortunately, this app is not dead and buried quite yet. It is still available though the Cydia store. Youíll have to jailbreak you device to get in on the old-school gaming action, but then Iím sure most people who remember using actual beige PCs back in the day, will remember putting up with a lot more than just a simple jailbreak.
Itís unfortunate that more people will not have access to iDos and get a chance to see a bit of computer history come alive using current technology. Now that Dos can be emulated on an iOS device can Macintosh System 7 be far behind?
Source: 9to5 Mac