The Apple Watch seems to be the latest toy of option for developers and tinkerers seeking to get to grips with something new and interesting. We have actually currently experienced prominent developers and community figureheads like Adam Bell, Hamza Sood and Steve Troughton-Smith hacking Apple’s smartwatch to run truly native apps. Now it appears to be the turn of designer Nick Lee, who has opted to utilize his Apple Watch to run an operating system that was very first released for the Macintosh nearly twenty years ago.

No matter whether you in fact see the point in utilizing a cutting edge piece of technology like the Apple Watch to run Mac OS 7.5.5 from 1996 is besides the point itself. That Lee in fact managed to have the idea, then subsequently execute it, is a hugely outstanding accomplishment in itself.


For those that may not have an existing relationship with Apple stretching back that far, the original Mac OS 7.5.5 was released on September 27, 1996. That’s some major backwards compatibility hacking right there.

In order to get this working, Lee needed to use his Apple Watch running a beta version of watchOS 2. He also had to make use of the Mini vMac Macintosh Emulator, which is primarily supplied to enable more current devices to run earlier versions of software application that was originally created for much older Mac machines. We aren’t sure that it was exactly created for this function, but taking a piece of software application initially created to run on an Intel PowerPC and controling it to work on among Apple’s most sophisticated devices is unquestionably a task of technical brilliance.

The embedded video provided by Lee shows the software launching and carrying out on the little screen of the Apple Watch. The iconic Mac OS splash screen looks pretty awesome on the small screen, but the entire experience cannot exactly be called efficient. As you might think of, the UI availability is limited and tapping and connecting with numerous aspects of the software application is exceptionally laggy and sluggish to respond.

Still, it’s an Apple Watch, running Mac OS 7.5.5 from twenty years ago. Just get your head around that.

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