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Minesweeper, Anyone? Hacker Installs Windows 98 on an iPhone 6

·Assistant Editor
Windows 98 running on an iPhone
Windows 98 running on an iPhone


Retina screen, meet Blue Screen of Death.

As noted by TechCrunch, a savvy Chinese programmer over the weekend posted to an Apple iPhone forum to report his success with installing Windows 98, Microsoft’s incremental follow-up the classic Windows 95, onto his iPhone 6.

Apple’s iPhone is probably more, uh, sleek than the beige PC you used to run Windows 98; but according to the industrious programmer who put it together, the setup still works.

Windows 98 running on an iPhone
Windows 98 running on an iPhone


Of course, not that that matters to us real people.

It may be a funny or possibly intriguing idea to forgo Apple’s new and useful iOS 8 for a generations-old desktop software platform, but no one, including our expert tinkerer, would ever imagine trying to make actual use of a phone running software from the Clinton administration.

Raise your hand if you would want an iPhone that can’t make a call or reply to text messages. How about an iPhone that can’t run any apps? Yeah, us neither. Besides, the App Store has plenty of versions of Spider Solitaire, so you’re set on that front.

All the same, this type of “proof of concept” hacking is well-charted territory, as programmers have enjoyed slipping desktop operating systems onto pocketable devices.

Just last month, a similar brand of retrofitting saw Samsung’s Gear Live  tweaked to run Windows 95, with much worse results, of course. And, in a slightly more practical use case, Android phones, known for their software versatility, have been reconfigured to run Linux, the fan favorite desktop software among most computer programmers.

So, sure, parlor tricks of this type might be worth showcasing. But if you want to really change the world, you’ll have to figure out a way to get an Android phone to run a version of System 7 that can also run a version of Candy Crush and send texts via iMessage. Also, it should be able to microwave a Hot Pocket.

Hackers, you have your assignment.

Have questions, comments, or just want to tell me something funny? Email me at danbean@yahoo-inc.com.