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  • Palm Emulator Released for Jailbroken iPhones

    It's now possible to enjoy Palm OS apps on a jailbroken iPhone. Thanks to StyleTap, your iPhone (or iPod Touch) can essentially be modded into a Palm device. Granted, the iPhone is kind of arriving late to the party. StyleTap, after all, already serves up Palm OS emulation for Symbian and Windows Mobile. And while it may seem strange to some that there is still such demand for the Palm OS, it does exist.

    Of course, since Apple strictly prohibits emulators, StyleTap had to turn to Cydia to bring this opportunity to iPhone users. And if you're willing to fork over $50, you can give Palm OS apps a whirl on your iPhone, which is kind of a trippy experience. Luckily, a 14-day free trial is available if you want to test it out before committing to that price tag.

    Some of the features include: Copy and paste of text and bitmaps between Palm OS apps and native iPhone apps, a virtual memory card, backwards compatibility, audio recording with playback, TCP/IP connectivity, exporting vCards into iPhone contacts, and familiar virtual “function buttons” for the simulation of the Palm hardware buttons. As you can imagine, the iPhone enables users to run Palm OS 5.2 apps even faster than on the native Palm OS devices.

    Whether its due to sentimentality or simplicity, it's difficult to understand why running Palm OS apps is such a popular reality with so many smartphone users, given that the App Store and the iPhone's OS literally blow the Palm OS so far out of the water that it's difficult to remember it being in the water in the first place.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Palm Emulator Released for Jailbroken iPhones started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 50 Comments
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      well it's for the same reason you would get iClassic...
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Haha I remember when people were talking so much about it.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      well it's for the same reason you would get iClassic...
      i used that for about 2 weeks, then i was like, wait a minute!

      the reason i got an ipod touch was so i wouldn't have to do this!
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      looks cool, but wort no where close to 50 dollars...
    1. Fodd1337's Avatar
      Fodd1337 -
      Darn. I saw the heading and thought it was teh Palm Pre >.< What a disappointment. Like I need to pay $50 to play Jawbreaker on my iPhone.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      What are the legalities of actually selling an emulator like this? Are you left to find the palm OS yourself and the software you purchase simply allows you to use it or are you actually purchasing a package with Palm OS in it?
    1. The Digital Alchemist's Avatar
      The Digital Alchemist -
      Quote Originally Posted by ikesmasher View Post
      ewww. this is even worse then windows mobile on iphone.
      There's windows mobile on the iPhone?

    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      Exactly Kwick! LOL! Damn!
    1. L00i3's Avatar
      L00i3 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gsmumbo View Post
      Why would you ever want to use an emulator to play Mario World?
      Exactly. I wouldn't. If I wanted to play SNES games, I would buy the SNES and the couple games I wanted to play. Emulators suck.

      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      well it's for the same reason you would get iClassic...
      I do like the iClassic idea. Hell, I like it so much, I still have (and use daily) an iPod Classic and a Nano. The virtual click wheel just can't emulate a 160GB hard drive very well at all. Or the ease of controlling the iPod blindly in the case of the Nano while running.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      I think the major question here is $50???????? WTF!?!?!?
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      no, the major question is who would want to use an OS that is at least 10 years old, when you've already got the iphone OS, which is the best from right now
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      It's not all about which is newer or better for these people obviously. Can't you tell that they love it(for some reason that I don't understand). But I'm not gonna knock anyones preferrences! So, with that said... It comes down to the money. It's not for me. Won't even try the free trial version. Point made.
    1. quicknight's Avatar
      quicknight -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Palm Emulator? Really? Why?

      I cannot understand people who run emulators of other OS's on their device. You bought an iPhone, use the iPhone OS!
      Generally, i agree with you. But think of an ANDROID OS on the iPhone. (Now THAT'S impressive!)

      Quote Originally Posted by The Digital Alchemist View Post
      There's windows mobile on the iPhone?

      the only think I can think of are the bing app and docs to go (which run MS Office)
    1. riku98523's Avatar
      riku98523 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gsmumbo View Post
      It was popular but dated. Think about SNES emulators. Yeah Mario World was a good game, but we have so much better now. Mario Galaxy, NSMBW, etc. Why would you ever want to use an emulator to play Mario World? Same kind of thing here. There are much better things, but some people actually liked Palm OS, just needed more. This gives those people the apps they used to love, along with that nostalgia feeling.
      Because mario world (Super mario world+ all stars which is the one I played I owned both but obviously played the + all stars one lol) has much better games than mario galaxy. Super Mario bros 1, 2, and 3 are so much better than mario galaxy its not even a competition but here's the catch iPhone OS is so much better than this palm crap there really isn't any reason for it. Its called a gimmick it scams people out of money by tricking them into paying for something that's not practical and will stop being used after a short time period.
    1. chriskaraokeman's Avatar
      chriskaraokeman -
      I don't care to emulate anything,except a frigging 3gs locked to orange taking an 02 sim card
    1. Kroo's Avatar
      Kroo -
      WHY??? A stupid waste of time, and only an idiot would pay $50.
    1. gurustevie's Avatar
      gurustevie -
      $50? Wow. I'm sure there'll be people who like it, but I'll stick with my current iPhone OS, cheers.
    1. andrewbrimberry's Avatar
      andrewbrimberry -
      I use an app on a Palm device to track my bowling performance and stats. The current iPhone apps aren't as good as the Palm app. And I have almost 1000 bowling games entered in the Palm app. Would prefer to use one device so this solution is interesting to me. Plus my current Palm device will quit working.
    1. scottjl's Avatar
      scottjl -
      I still have my Palm T3 and it works great. I use it now and then for nostalgia, there are a few good apps on it. Would I check this out? Sure. Would I buy it for $50? Hell no. There are plenty of native apps that work just as well and look far better in 2010 than my 2000 Palm apps. $5, sure, $10 maybe.

      But I still want to applaud the effort of the developers to make this even possible, and wish them the best of success. It is too bad Apple won't allow this sort of application in their store, I imagine there would be something of a market for it.
    1. victis's Avatar
      victis -
      I get that if you have an iphone and somehow you put ANDROID OS on it thats cool even if its useless... you can still show it off to your friends...

      But this, ? This is crap! its like running windows 95 on your idevice and trying to show it off... It you do that you are a moron and deserved to be publicly humiliated !!!