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Developer hacks Apple Watch to boot and run Windows 95

Funny… and amazing what’s possible. They are powerful little computing devices, these Apple Watches!


Developer Nick Lee has managed to hack a working version of Windows 95 onto his Apple Watch. The utility of this is close to zero — but it is hilarious to watch. It highlights how smart wristwatches like Apple Watch are now as powerful as (if not more than) desktop computers from the turn of the century. Watch the full video of the ‘microsoftOS’ Apple Watch in action after the jump …

Obviously, it isn’t normally possible to run arbitrary code on an Apple Watch; the developer explains the necessary steps and workarounds he had to use in the blog post.

The process is based off a method well-known Apple developer Steven Troughton Smith found to run native UIKit apps on Apple Watch, escaping the numerous limitations of Apple’s public sanctioned WatchKit framework.

As the OS is running in emulation, it is a lot slower than if the Watch ran the Windows kernel natively. Lee says it takes about an hour for the device to boot into a usable state. When…

Read the entire article from 9to5Mac here: Developer hacks Apple Watch to boot and run Windows 95


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