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  • iDos Pulled Just Hours After its Release


    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
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iDos Pulled Just Hours After its Release started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. Vandale's Avatar
      Vandale -
      thats awesome!
    1. Legend_master's Avatar
      Legend_master -
      Pretty cool!
    1. bcastro's Avatar
      bcastro -
      Love it!
    1. jtskinz's Avatar
      jtskinz -
      I don't see this app on Cydia?
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      I'm not sure whut this is about??
    1. Nelly998's Avatar
      Nelly998 -
      is sooooooo bad!! Hehe
    1. juggz143's Avatar
      juggz143 -
      No Windows 3.0 was soooooooo bad, revolutionary but bad, lol
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wiley John Wright View Post
      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.

      LMAO!

      Man, I would actually buy this app. At least, it is in the Cydia Store.
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      ok,, I downloaded n its useless? it's not for me,,,,
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      Quote Originally Posted by CX3NT3_713 View Post
      ok,, I downloaded n its useless? it's not for me,,,,
      I tried basic commands and it didn't do anything. Couldn't even do ipconfig
    1. aj8600's Avatar
      aj8600 -
      cant find on cydia. is there a special source?
    1. fchrist16's Avatar
      fchrist16 -
      Quote Originally Posted by aj8600 View Post
      cant find on cydia. is there a special source?
      I guess there is because I can't find it either.

      Regards,

      -Frank C.
    1. PeezaPi's Avatar
      PeezaPi -
      Very cool, luckily I was able to get it while it was available. Only downside to these apps that get pulled is they will never see an update....I wish there was away...oh well.
    1. Davesdream's Avatar
      Davesdream -
      I used Commodore 64 a couple of times. I owned and was a ZX Spectrum enthusiast
    1. mburlingame's Avatar
      mburlingame -
      Quote Originally Posted by fchrist16 View Post
      I guess there is because I can't find it either.

      Regards,

      -Frank C.
      Install requirements: Jailbreak iPad, with Cydia installed.

      Installation: a) Start cydia; b) goto manage->Sources; c) Add the following source.

      http://www.litchie.net/cydia
      DosPad Beta is recommended.

      Source can also be downloaded from:
      DOSPad Source Code

      Official iDOS / DOSPAD Support Forum
      DOSPAD Forum
    1. jrentzke's Avatar
      jrentzke -
      Add the following source to Cydia:
      http://www.litchie.net/cydia/
      DosPad is the version that got pulled from the Appstore.
      He recommends installing DosPad Beta though.

      I just installed Win 3.1.1 - soooo retro & funny to see this running on my iPad, especially in full screen.
      You can go to the website for more info. http://www.litchie.net. There is also a forum. Someone actually installed the Borland compiler & successfully compiled the demo that comes with it.
      I think Steve might be having some heart pulputations seeing his beloved iPad make all these PC moves...
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Thats cool. Really Cool.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Awww... Another app I would love to have, pulled before I even know it existed! Good thing I jailbroke!

      I wonder if the win3.0 paint program works, hours and hours were spent with paint when I was a kid.
    1. mburlingame's Avatar
      mburlingame -
      Well almost have it running OS 8.1
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Defiantly gonna check this out on Cydia