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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 developer’s 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 today’s 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 King’s 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. You’ll have to jailbreak you device to get in on the old-school gaming action, but then I’m 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.

    It’s 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. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by mburlingame View Post
      Well almost have it running OS 8.1
      That would be pretty slick!

      Don't you need a disk drive tho? Maybe someone can adapt an IDE to the iPlug?
    1. wrcsti's Avatar
      wrcsti -
      Saw it at noon and wondered about it but wasn't going to buy it.
    1. desepticon's Avatar
      desepticon -
      could you post a quick tutorial on how to install win3.1.1
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      First, System 7 is emulated using Mini vMac from the namedfork.net source you can find in the Cydia > Repositories section. Secondly, if you go to add the shockdevteam.com source (manually), you can get Bochs for iPhone (the one for iP4 works on iPt4) and Windows 95 for Bochs. Voilà! You have Win 95 and System 7 (you have to find your own System 7 and vMac ROM)! They're both super useless though, just that Win 95 is cool to show off to people.
    1. radioboy's Avatar
      radioboy -
      It's called DOSpad on Cydia. Source is http://www.litchie.net/cydia
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      I copied Leisure Suit Larry 6 to the Documents dir and it runs nicely.
      Full sound and mouse/keyboard support.

      Gonna try a few other DOS games I have lying around.
      Now where are they hiding?

      BTW, I'm using the cracked IPA, not the cydia version.
      Will have to get it from cydia now that I know its there.
    1. mburlingame's Avatar
      mburlingame -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      I copied Leisure Suit Larry 6 to the Documents dir and it runs nicely.
      Full sound and mouse/keyboard support.

      Gonna try a few other DOS games I have lying around.
      Now where are they hiding?

      BTW, I'm using the cracked IPA, not the cydia version.
      Will have to get it from cydia now that I know its there.
      The Cydia app does not allow loading of files via iTunes like the app store one does - the next update to Cydia I hope will contain the iTunes file sharing

      Quote Originally Posted by desepticon View Post
      could you post a quick tutorial on how to install win3.1.1
      We are working on some tutorial's on the official forum at DOSPAD Fourm when we are finished with it I will try to post it here as well unless someone beats me to the punch
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Even if iDos doesn't, DOS is always all upper case.
    1. EddieLeonard's Avatar
      EddieLeonard -
      mmi... your behind on a lot lately... this news was a few hours old by the time you posted it.... anyway. thanks for the information

      i wasnt able to get my hands on it does anyone know how i can it from cydia? i heard the pp can access root directories...
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Quote Originally Posted by mburlingame View Post
      The Cydia app does not allow loading of files via iTunes like the app store one does - the next update to Cydia I hope will contain the iTunes file sharing
      Does it have file sharing via iTunes? I SSH'd into it and uploaded the files that way so anyone can still do it.

      Just find where the 2 games already are and put files there.
    1. Blacktouch2000's Avatar
      Blacktouch2000 -
      What are MB models
    1. citopr's Avatar
      citopr -
      That is too too cool.. I love this stuff... Windows 3.0.. lol..on an Apple product.. That's probably what drew the line... block that and block access to iOS and resubmit..
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      That is absolutely amazing
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Nice novelty. Now you could run old DOS adventure games.
      All we need now is CP/M, DR-DOS, or maybe even DESQView so we can multitask in our emulated world.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      I was one of the lucky ones to pick it up! I currently have Window 3.1 installed on my iPad... hahaha
    1. iDeving's Avatar
      iDeving -
      If u can't find iDos on cydia, use hackulouse repo's Installouse... Who said it's just for pirating ... Same thing when flash light tethering got pulled, still on instalouse
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by iDeving View Post
      If u can't find iDos on cydia, use hackulouse repo's Installouse... Who said it's just for pirating ... Same thing when flash light tethering got pulled, still on instalouse
      I think the reason people can't find DOSpad in Cydia even after adding litchie.net/cydia is because no one wants to see the mostly horrible games on Cydia and they all have the 'Games' section turned off.
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      <>
      You can install a dos version of a Mac emulator and do this, possibly even more recent systems (probably not OS X though)
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      so...why doesnt it accept common commands and how does it allow root access to ios filesystem? Also, how can I download windows?
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Turb02 View Post
      so...why doesnt it accept common commands and how does it allow root access to ios filesystem? Also, how can I download windows?
      Well considering Windows isn't free and you don't even use Windows on your computer it would be highly 'pirate' of you; most people on this forum don't support piracy.