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iDOS returns to the App Store

FastIntelligence has re-released its iDOS virtual DOS application onto the App Store in the form of an update. Originally released last November, the original version of iDOS was a DOS emulator for iOS devices that allowed users to run old PC DOS based applications ranging from Doom to Windows 3.1 on an iOS device. Applications were loaded onto the device over USB using the iTunes File Sharing feature and a simple DOS prompt and virtual keyboard was provided to extract and run DOS commands and applications transferred to the device. The application was removed from the App Store after only a day, presumably for violation of Apple’s App Store policies against running external code in iOS applications.

Late last night iDOS 2.0.1 appeared as an update for owners of the previous version with the significant change that the iTunes File Sharing feature has been removed, preventing users from installing their own external code. Instead, the package includes a number of DOS freeware/shareware games from 3D Realms including Wolfenstein 3D, Major Striker, Duke Nukem I and II, SuperNova and Kingdom of Kroz II. The update also adds a simplified game launcher so users are not required to use the DOS command-line and a virtual gamepad/joystick within the app. Improvements have also been made to landscape view and Bluetooth keyboard support for text-based games has been added. iDOS 2.0.1 is available from the App Store as a free download. Users of iDOS 1.0 may wish to back up their existing version before downloading the update.

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Comments

1

If you install this app and run Windows 3.1 with it, your iPhone will have the functionality and appearance of a Nokia S60 device. (Take it from someone who used a Nokia E50 before his first iPhone.)

Posted by Farnsworth on January 19, 2011 at 12:42 PM (CST)

2

Heh, or an E90 for that matter (which is what I used prior to the iPhone).

Sadly, the new iDOS won’t allow Windows 3.1 to be installed on it anymore, since you can’t load stuff in through iTunes, at least not easily.  I’m hoping that if there is a backdoor in there somewhere nobody actually reports on it, lest this app suffer the same fate as Camera+ did last summer.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on January 19, 2011 at 1:23 PM (CST)

3

Ah man so no playing Theme Hospital, Little Big Adventure or LBA 2 ? lame :|

Posted by Andy in London, UK on January 19, 2011 at 2:07 PM (CST)

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