Apple iWatch Hacked to run Mac OS 7.5.5

Thanks to smartwatches basically being a complete computer on your wrist, we've seen them run everything from Tizen to full Android to Windows 95. And now you can add Mac OS to that list.

Software developer Nick Lee has hacked an iWatch running watchOS 2 to run a port of the nineteen-year-old Mac OS 7.5.5. MacRumors reported that he got the Mini vMac Macintosh emulator running on the iWatch and is running the 1996 era OS inside the emulator.

The following video doesn't show much but it does prove that the iWatch is powerful enough to simulate a two decade old OS:

When Mac OS 7.5 was released in September 1996 it required a chunky Power Macintosh 5500 with a high end PowerPC CPU. Now you can simulate the OS with a $400 smartwatch.

It's amazing how much progress we've seen n the past twenty years, isn't it?

NickLee via MacRumors

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4 Comments on Apple iWatch Hacked to run Mac OS 7.5.5

  1. iWatch is powerful enough to simulate a two decade old OS

    Which is exactly what I want my $300 watch doing. 😀

  2. When Mac OS 7.5 was released in September 1996 it required a chunky Power Macintosh 5500 with a high end PowerPC CPU. Now you can simulate the OS with a $400 smartwatch.

    7.5 actually supported the 68030/40 too, and it ran well on my 68030-based IIci. The 040 Macs were supported through 8.1, and eventually folks found a trick to get it running on the 030s as well. I had my IIci on 8.1 at one point without having to resort to a PowerPC upgrade card. It wasn’t altogether pleasant to use, but it was fun seeing the OS running on something Apple didn’t intend it for.

  3. Get your facts straight // 4 January, 2016 at 5:06 pm // Reply

    What the F*** are you talking about at the end of the article: “When Mac OS 7.5 was released in September 1996 it required a chunky Power Macintosh 5500 with a high end PowerPC CPU” ??? My Mac LC was running 7.5 on its 16mhz 68040 Motorola CPU from 1990. Get your facts straight Nate Hoffelder. It never required a PPC CPU, and nothing even magnitudes close to a 225mhz one 😛

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