Apple’s iOS operating system has changed a lot over the past ten years. The company not only updates its smartphones every year, but also its software. The differences may not seem extensive as a rule, but a lot has happened in the long term. If you want to take a look into the past, you can do this with the help of the iPhone app OldOS. It’s not in the App Store, but you can still download it if you use a trick.
OldOS: How to get the iPhone app
With OldOS, the developer Zane Kleinberg sends you back to the year 2010. In fine detail work, the 18-year-old has created a detailed image of the fourth main version of Apple’s operating system with his program. iOS 4 came with a very limited set of apps. In addition to iTunes, they included Messages, the calendar, the photo app and a few others. However, Kleinberg does not limit his application to these, but also puts a nostalgic stamp on modern apps.
Since the emulated operating system is essentially still a trial version, you can’t pull it directly from the company’s app store. Instead, you have to take a smaller detour via Apple’s in-house test environment. It comes in the form of the iOS app TestFlight and allows you to test unfinished work from developers around the world.
How it works:
- Install the iOS app TestFlight on your iPhone here.
- Here you can then get OldOS.
- To do this, tap on “Get” and then “Show in TestFlight”
- Now select “Start test”.
- Finally, all you have to do is select “Install” or “Update”.
What can OldOS do?
The iPhone app pays homage to days gone by and shows how iOS was ten years ago, writes the team behind The OldOS Project. “The app’s ethos is to fuse today’s technologies with a pixel-perfect recreation of the user experience of yesteryear. Most of the apps in OldOS are fully functional, meaning they integrate seamlessly with the data on the phone, providing a live experience reminiscent of an emulator.”
The best applications to use and discover the surface are as follows:
- Game Center
So let yourself be guided by nostalgic feelings and throw yourself into the past. Or you can get ready for the release of Apple’s next flagship generation. Because the iPhone 14 design is already confirmed.
Source: Apple; The Old OS Project