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iDOS for iPad Ran Warcraft 2, Windows 3.0

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A DOS emulator for iOS 4 allowed users to install DOS-based programs including Windows 3.0.

There are times when little nuggets of goodness come and go from the App Store like a shooting star at night--if you don't catch it in the instance, it's gone for good and you're left shuffling your feet in disappointment.

Monday night a full-featured DOS emulator appeared on Apple's App Store for $0.99. Called iDOS, the app was based on DOSbox and offered a virtual PC keyboard, virtual mouse support, virtual floppy drive support, multiple screen modes and more. The app was yanked from the App Store hours later.

Although reasons for its removal weren't provided, Apple previously stated that apps cannot execute code from within. Earlier the Commodore 64 app suffered a similar removal because developer Manomio disabled BASIC rather than remove it altogether, thus users found a way to unlock BASIC and execute programs. Apple re-approved and published the app once Manomino removed the feature.

According to various reports, iDOS worked on iOS 4 devices and allowed users to run DOS-based programs like Spellcasting 101, Space Quest, Sierra's Freddy Pharkas--Frontier Pharmacist, The 7th Guest, and even Blizzard's Warcraft II. One user even installed Windows 3.0 and played Windows Solitaire.

Like C64, the iDOS app may return to the Apps Store with a little modification. Given that Apple has eased up on its approval process, its surprising that the company still didn't see the app's potential to install and launch externally-developed programs. Then again, stripping command-line execution from a DOS app is like taking the windows out of Windows--what's the point?

iDOS for iOS 4

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    firebee1991 , October 27, 2010 8:22 PM
    Kinda sad that the opportunity to run DOS is the first thing that made me actually want an iPad... And now it's gone.
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    nick8191 , October 27, 2010 9:24 PM
    When I heard about this app, I jumped on it like a fat kid to a cupcake (windows programs on an iphone? Damn straight!). Im disappointed to hear that it got removed (though not surprised), it was a great idea for an app. Apple really needs to loosen up, they are going overboard with this stuff. The argument that they remove these types of apps to protect their users is a load of crap... Odds are that if you are aching to download dos for your iphone/ipad, you are savvy enough to fix it if something goes horribly wrong.
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    firebee1991 , October 27, 2010 8:22 PM
    Kinda sad that the opportunity to run DOS is the first thing that made me actually want an iPad... And now it's gone.
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    angelraiter , October 27, 2010 8:30 PM
    firebee1991Kinda sad that the opportunity to run DOS is the first thing that made me actually want an iPad... And now it's gone.


    Uhm, you don't need and iPAD to run DOS..
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    thebigt42 , October 27, 2010 8:35 PM
    Removed because it can launch other programs...I guess the Citrix Connector will be the next to go!
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    thebigt42 , October 27, 2010 8:37 PM
    firebee1991Kinda sad that the opportunity to run DOS is the first thing that made me actually want an iPad... And now it's gone.

    Download dosbox for windows, linux, or OS X. It will run A LOT BETTER!
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    freename , October 27, 2010 8:41 PM
    I want DOS on my iPod :[
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    danwat1234 , October 27, 2010 8:41 PM
    I wonder if I could develop apps within iDos ... assembly code and software interrupts! A virtual machine inside a ipad.
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    danwat1234 , October 27, 2010 8:42 PM
    X86 assembly code that is ;) 
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    HalJordan , October 27, 2010 9:03 PM
    danwat1234I wonder if I could develop apps within iDos ... assembly code and software interrupts! A virtual machine inside a ipad.


    I imagine so, and precisely why Apple pulled it...I'm sure the app is being studied by "Top Men" at Apple...
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    Doom3klr , October 27, 2010 9:04 PM
    Pretty cool even though that game sucks
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    nick8191 , October 27, 2010 9:24 PM
    When I heard about this app, I jumped on it like a fat kid to a cupcake (windows programs on an iphone? Damn straight!). Im disappointed to hear that it got removed (though not surprised), it was a great idea for an app. Apple really needs to loosen up, they are going overboard with this stuff. The argument that they remove these types of apps to protect their users is a load of crap... Odds are that if you are aching to download dos for your iphone/ipad, you are savvy enough to fix it if something goes horribly wrong.
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    osxsier , October 27, 2010 9:24 PM
    jailbreak your phone. Problem solved. In fact, its so easy to do now, even a chimp can do it :p 
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    Anonymous , October 27, 2010 9:30 PM
    Another reason to stick with a droid!
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    osxsier , October 27, 2010 9:41 PM
    And what reason is that? The best games and support are on the iOS platform, that cant be disputed. If you never had an iPhone, then dont talk.

    Cydia allows you to do alot with your iPhone. Droid users have by default the GUI that Motorola puts on it. In order to really use your droid, you have to root it as well.

    Besides, the interface is horrible on the android phones. I test all of them and came away very unimpressed. In fact, my buddy at work who has an EVO is constantly talking about how much better my pictures look, slingbox picture, etc. So dont hate, congratulate! :p 
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    kingssman , October 27, 2010 10:20 PM
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    And what reason is that? The best games and support are on the iOS platform, that cant be disputed. If you never had an iPhone, then dont talk.

    I know you'll be getting lots of thumb downs from the community but it is the truth. For some reason the iPhone has the best games, best looking, and best functioning games out there. I've tried some high end games on the android market and so far none seem to offer the caliber that the iPhone can put out. Almost the same when it comes to apps.

    Quote:
    Cydia allows you to do alot with your iPhone. Droid users have by default the GUI that Motorola puts on it. In order to really use your droid, you have to root it as well.

    I can't vouch for the moto gui, but i do like the HTC sense gui. the gui in general is by far better than stock iPhone. Having custom widgets allows me to focus on what i want to see first on my android vs shuffling through page after page after page of iphone apps to get to my radarnow program.

    I just hope for someday a happy marriage between both devices. An iphone with android hardware capability (led flash, cameras, slide out keyboards, widget style gui) or an android market that matches the iphone (tons of apps, easy to navigate store, good quality games, easier SDK kit.)
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    Darkerson , October 27, 2010 10:35 PM
    Id have to say that while it would be pretty awesome to be able to play some of those old dos games on there, I cant imagine its very easy to manipulate the controls on a touch screen for games that originally required a keyboard + mouse. Still, I think its a pretty neat, and I dont even own an Iphone/Ipod. Hopefully they loosen up some and allow it to return to the app store.
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    osxsier , October 27, 2010 10:59 PM
    Thanks kingssman for not immediately blasting me and actually making a thoughtful response. I dont even own a Mac and I dont plan on buying one because of the price. But I do love to game on my PC.

    And the reality is right now, the iPhone has the biggest support by the major game publishers and I am constantly getting blown away by what kind of graphics and gameplay they can pull off nowadays on these devices.

    I wont bash Android because I am some blind Apple loyalist, I am far from it. Just calling it how I see it right now. Im sure the Android games will catch up eventually, but its just not the case right now. Cheers!
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    codefuapprentice , October 28, 2010 12:56 AM
    Have apple's fanboys infiltrated this site?(my previous comment deleted)
    Damn Apple and their iron fist law, i wanted that iDos app for my Ipod touch
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    kelemvor4 , October 28, 2010 1:55 AM
    codefuapprenticeHave apple's fanboys infiltrated this site?(my previous comment deleted)Damn Apple and their iron fist law, i wanted that iDos app for my Ipod touch


    Sort of, a few months back one of the toms authors stated they post apple related stuff because it generates more hits. Sad they've gone the route of quantity over quality.
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    dEAne , October 28, 2010 3:44 AM
    It won't work by disallowing people from accessing other things it should be flexible.