Chinese hacker proves iPhone 6 Plus was made for running Windows 98

Chinese hacker proves iPhone 6 Plus was made for running Windows 98
Out of the ways to celebrate Microsoft Windows' decades-old history, this has to be the most creative one by far. A Chinese tech-whiz went ahead and installed Windows 98 on an iPhone 6 Plus. We are still baffled at the sight and thought he might be running an elaborate script-based emulation of the pre-millennium Windows version, but this seems to be the real thing. He even enabled Chinese menus! 

We got to say, it's a beautiful sight, in a way. The iPhone 6 is much faster, and its display is ways better than any computing hardware we had back in 1998. Computing has changed so much, yet Windows 98 is as vintage Microsoft as it gets - teal wallpaper, gray windows, and massively cryptic error messages. Oh well, at least it has a working Start menu! 

Now, we are clueless as to what the Chinese hacker did to run this piece of desktop history on the iPhone 6 Plus, but reportedly, he used a legal version of iDOS, which probably does a fine job at emulating an ancient PC. So there's that. Meanwhile, you should check out Windows 95 running on a Samsung Gear Live smartwatch if you missed it! As for us, we'll be busting some Solitaire while keeping any Chinese guys away from the microwave, lest they install Windows ME on it!

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40 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

" Oh well, at least it has a working Start menu! " TROLOLOLOLOL

26. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I remember when I was running Windows 95 on my old Nokia N95 8G via emulator. YouTube is full of videos about that emulator.

2. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

You sure that's an iPhone, not a Goophone? Lulz

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I would've expected this from the HD2, not an iPhone

4. JOHNNY8573

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

could i install all my old games that i have in my basement?.....

29. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Sure but you would have to first buy the Apple iPhone Floppy Disk Adapter that cost $100.

5. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

awesome. Its amazing that people spent thousands on a beheamith box. like me and now you can put a win98 system in your pocket. For those ofcourse who really owned a WIN98 system. IBM aptiva yeah baby!! My system was upgraded however I had a packard bell which had -Intel Pentium 133Mhz -1.2GB hard drive -8MB RAM -32 bit graphics card. 15 inch (BIG A$$) moniter with the loop back speakers lol oh man the days the days.

10. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

If you wanted big you had to get a 17 inch monitor. Though I am sure you are speaking of a time when 17in was still just fantasy. I remember getting my 17in crt though and thinking it was huge.

20. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

The 17 inch cost to much and it literally wouldn't have fit my desk at the time.

36. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

My brother bought a monitor from a healthcare provider selling it's old equipment, it was a 21" CRT. It was absolutely huge! IIRC it was around 1.5 feet deep and weighed around 100 pounds.

24. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

xtroid2k, the Samsung Q1 Ultra did just that. What the article didn't specify was if that was 98 Embedded on the iPhone, which is a 2 gig pseudo-OS.

38. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Oh man I remember having the first PC to break the 1GHz barrier in our neighborhood. Pentium 4. I was the #coolestguy lol

6. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

That's crazy

7. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Chinese can do anything.

22. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Except choose democracy...

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

it should be rated at democracy per minute

40. liftmeup unregistered

Democracy doesn't exist anyway

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I am surprised that no one has installed Android on an iPhone or IOS on an Android flagship yet. It seems like companies are good at locking that down. Probably because Apple knows IOS cheats on benchmarks like crazy and can't afford to let the cat out of the bag.

11. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

yes but by all means it would be damn slow. ios emulating android which is already emulating java like apps... would be fun even

13. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

And fact is that iOS and Apple processors are just designed to work with each other. Bit like Nissan GT-R with it's transmission, engine, chassis and all those computers inside working together (sorry car analogy).

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I could've sworn I've seen stories about people putting Android on an iPhone in the past. And we've all seen just about every OS running on the old HTC HD2. But I agree I've never seen iOS running on anything other than an iPhone.

16. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I run iOS on my iPad. I must be good.

15. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

iOS cheats on benchmarks? Lol, I think you spelled SAMSUNG wrong.

23. wilsong17 unregistered

True nobody know what process goes on a iPhone when benchmark are done

35. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Valid point only Apple phone run iOS. For all we know Apple determine the score they want the phone to display to their flock.

9. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

God Damn Windows 98!

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

"F#%king Windows 98!" from South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut. That was my startup sound file on my Windows 98 machine back in the day. It was great because it played right when the Windows 98 image showed on the monitor. Good times.

27. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Ha! I could have sworn it was god damn. Good call

17. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"He even enabled Chinese menus!" - Luis D. Why state the obvious? The hacker is from China. You expect him to enable Spanish menus? "As for us, we'll be busting some Solitaire while keeping any Chinese guys away from the microwave, lest they install Windows ME on it!" And I love your anti-Chinese sentiment. Good job, PA!

39. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

How is anything he said Anti-Chinese? He made a joke, hold on to your panties, about a guy who just installed Windows 98 on an iPhone. Oh, and the guy happened to be Chinese. It's called comedy. I got a chuckle out of it. I don't think he really thought anyone would install Windows Me on a microwave. And besides everyone knows that only a Korean could figure out how to do that. This world was a much more enjoyable place to live before you politically correct A-holes took away everyone's fun.

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