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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.

    Image via StyleTap
    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. equazian's Avatar
      equazian -
      50$ wooow -_____-
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      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!
    1. Carlos's Avatar
      Carlos -
      ill pass on this one fellas, that **** looks terrible ┌∩┐^_^┌∩┐...lol
    1. mahockey's Avatar
      mahockey -
      Akin to buying a Ferrari and putting a Mazda engine in it ? ... Why oh why would you want this ? ... Some people
    1. Purpl3 bUg's Avatar
      Purpl3 bUg -
      The only idea I got out of this is making a iPhone theme that looks retro like that. Give the iPhone a "Old School" interface would be cool. Or is there a theme like that?
    1. swehbe's Avatar
      swehbe -
      i cant imagine who would actual use for that...who knows...
    1. Count Tracula's Avatar
      Count Tracula -
      I dont see this in cydia. Matterfact, i have not seen a cydia update since 8:44 am eastern. Is this the case across the board?
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      It's not even a palm pre emulator! What is that? Like a 1998 OS? Ugly ugly
    1. after_burners's Avatar
      after_burners -
      I gota agree carlos
    1. gsmumbo's Avatar
      gsmumbo -
      I will say... I might actually try this out. Probably not buy it for the $50 they are asking for, but try it. I used to have palms and I loved them. Programming simple but fun things for them was fun and I've always wanted to get another palm just for nostalgia sake.
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      the source for it in cydia is
      http://cydia.styletap.com
      and for info bout it its
      Installing StyleTap Platform for iPhone
    1. gsmumbo's Avatar
      gsmumbo -
      Was about to post that. Haha
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -


      you're welcome
    1. kwickone's Avatar
      kwickone -
      ^ wow. I am not sure if I should be freaked out or turned on by that pic lolcats1
    1. L00i3's Avatar
      L00i3 -
      I don't get it. If Palm OS is so "popular" why did they have to come up with the Web OS just to keep from dying off? Seems like if so many people loved the platform, the company never would have been on the brink of extinction. And $50? You could probably get a palm pilot that runs it natively for less.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kwickone View Post
      ^ wow. I am not sure if I should be freaked out or turned on by that pic lolcats1
      turned on. you know it
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      No need this junk... ┌∩┐ ┌∩┐
    1. gsmumbo's Avatar
      gsmumbo -
      Quote Originally Posted by L00i3 View Post
      I don't get it. If Palm OS is so "popular" why did they have to come up with the Web OS just to keep from dying off? Seems like if so many people loved the platform, the company never would have been on the brink of extinction. And $50? You could probably get a palm pilot that runs it natively for less.
      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.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Wow, this brings back memories. Gotta give it a try...
    1. ikesmasher's Avatar
      ikesmasher -
      ewww. this is even worse then windows mobile on iphone.