Techie Installs Windows 95 In Apple Watch
Windows 95 may have already been relegated to the dustbin of history but a tech savvy guy just pulled off an impressive feat to put in the 20-year-old Microsoft operating system into one of the hottest wearables in the market today- the Apple Watch.
Similarly, the guy responsible for such an incredible tech blasphemy had already installed the OS into a number of other devices like Nintendo 3DS and Android wearables. For most people, pairing Windows 95 with a highly advanced smartwatch platform is utterly useless but it does make you laugh quite a bit for sheer fun of it.
As per BGR report, developer Nick Lee took troubled himself in cracking whatever loopholes he could find just to get the old OS up and working on the Apple Watch. The smartwatch's internal specs- 520 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage - are no way close to the extremely sluggish PCs back in the 90's. The wearable device's processing speed is roughly 20 times faster than the average CPU back then.
"As a result, I was feeling confident that the Apple Watch had the ability to run one of the most revered desktop operating systems Redmond has ever produced," wrote Lee on his blog as quoted by Techno Buffalo.
Obviously, there a few hurdles he need to overcome first especially the fact that the Cupertino-based giant is not really fond of enabling people installing non-Apple OS (especially old ones) on any of its devices.
So how did he do it?
According to The Verge, Lee needed to tweak Apple's development software in a number of unconventional ways to emulate a more suitable environment for Windows 95 OS to operate on.
Apart from the abovementioned challenges, Lee also had to contend with the fact that the smartwatch automatically turns off when not actively used so he solved the issue by setting up a motorized tube to keep the gadget from dozing off.
And the result?
Well, it didn't really turn to be fast like what you expect in most computing gadgets these days. Nevertheless, the device did turn out to be impressively functional albeit extremely slow. Still, it was a perfect way to driving boredom away when you have so much time in your hands.