iOS core successfully ported to a Nokia N900, might we see iOS running on more non-Apple gear?

iOS core successfully ported to a Nokia N900, might we see iOS running on more non-Apple gear?
A developer known Winocm has managed to get the “XNU Kernel,” the foundation of OS X and iOS, running successfully on a 2009 era Nokia N900.

You remember the N900 right? It was Nokia’s Maemo OS running device which made a splash with a fully functional browser that had flash support and smooth multitasking. It was really a very small tablet that also happened to make phone calls.

In the case of Winocm, the port of this core element of Apple operating system does not include any user-interface features, and it does not run as a functional OS. In fact, the developer that went through all the hard work to make the N900 run this kernel has no plans to work on any UI support, only the core OS, “after all, that’s what’s truly important right?”

This does not mean that Apple is about to start licensing out its OS to other OEMs, but this does provide a proof of concept. Beyond the N900, Winocm has outlined other hardware that is capable of booting up this system.

What the future holds beyond this is unknown. The work has been open-sourced, and if this type of thing is your cup of tea, check out the source link to get in on the action.

sources: Winocm via Redmond Pie and



1. androidrockzz

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

not a good idea!

3. criticism

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Good idea coz Apple should know that the era of exclusive OS is finished!

2. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Apple gonna sue him soon.

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Beat me to it. Even after reading the wiki, I think they might still try to sue or issue a cease n desist. Its supposed to be open source.

4. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

my fiancee would love if she could get ios on something the size of my old Note 2.

5. Sauce unregistered

Because she doesn't have anything else that size to please her? Kidding, all jokes aside, a larger iPhone would be nice.

11. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012


19. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

Oh snap. Haha

34. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

If the resolution isn't supported (same as an existing idevice) the apps arn't gonna look good. You'll probably see the letterboxing that the 5 had for all apps.

6. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Hope not, let apple have their buggy software to themselfs, we don't want more problems in humanity. Lmao

10. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

iOS has a couple hiccups but its software is hardly buggy.

13. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

I am just WAYYY to lazy to "link you to death" when it comes to your "hardly buggy" comment... keep living in lalaland

15. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

lol, if iOS is buggy, i don't know what should i call android or WP ...

18. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

iOS6 wasn't really buggy, but iOS7, oh boy, that makes KitKat look super polished!

22. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

+1 ios and STOCK android are about on par in bugginess, they both have their little problems but at the end of the day neither are perfect

16. robinlim85

Posts: 86; Member since: May 03, 2013

yea iOS is buggy,open source and slow android is bug free,close source and super fast,in fact guiness book of world record verified that nobody ever crashed on android device

27. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Actually its been confirmed that IOS has more app crashes than android for a while now.

36. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

**time to leave earth**

7. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Hope not, let apple have their buggy software to themselfs, we don't want more problems in humanity. Lmao

8. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

It doesn't look like IOS...

9. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

must be IOS bug report screenshot

21. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

What is that?

25. Tux_Alan

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

It's running Ios, it is running the Ios Kernel (what makes the software and hardware understand each other)

12. noteseries

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

superb n900 :)

14. bakarock

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

If Apple wants more profit, they should start selling OS like Micro$oft & Google. Jaz opinion.

23. taikucing unregistered

Nah, just sell the A7X chip to android phone makers. It will make much more profit. Keep the primitive iOS exclusively for the iPhone. No manufacturer needs iOS because there is a more advanced OS (android)

33. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Why would anyone buy the A7? Without iOS and Safari sugar coating the benchmarks, the S800 is easily the better chip. An A7x would be super powerful but you need like a tablet level battery and thermals to make use of it. It wouldn't be for phones, even Android phones with tons of ram and big screens. Phones and tablets have completely different thermal throttling limits. Tablets can take much more heat.

30. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Selling iOS license? LOL And who will buy it?

17. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Nokia N900 & HTC HD2 best phones ever :D

32. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Most will be too young to remember both of them, I agree, both legendary phones that came out in 2009. HTC HD2/N9 and N900 remain my personal top 3 classics that will never, in my eyes anyway, be beaten despite the super specs and 1080p-2K screen resolutions of todays 'phones'. If I had to choose a 4th classic it would be the Galaxy S2.

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