With million of apps at your fingertips, there’s little you can’t do with an iPhone. You can even get one to run Windows XP without jailbreaking — as demonstrated in the video below — but don’t expect it to replace your desktop.
Apple’s latest A10 Fusion chip found in the iPhone 7 series makes it one of the fastest smartphones on the market today. It’s far more powerful than the desktop PC you owned many moons ago, which means it’s capable of running older versions of desktop operating systems.
Of course, you can’t just uninstall iOS and replace it with OS X or Windows. But you can use an emulator like iBox, which can be installed through Xcode without the need to jailbreak, to run Windows XP inside a virtual machine.
YouTube channel Hacking Jules demonstrates this in the video below.
You’ll notice that even with that A10 Fusion chip and 2GB of RAM, you get a less than smooth experience in Windows XP. That’s because it’s running inside an emulator, which impacts performance significantly.
You won’t be using this to do anything productive, or even to play Solitaire, then. But it’s certainly a neat trick.
Getting setup with iBox and Windows XP is a complicated process if you don’t know what you’re doing, so we’ll save the how-to for another time. But if you’re familiar with side-loading apps via Xcode and you want to give this a shot, you’ll find all the files you need on GitHub.