Nowadays, few people will recall Macintosh, as it is too old, but recently this antique gained vestiges of life in Apple Watch. A thinking weird developer named Nick Lee shared a video shown that f his Apple Watch running a 2o-year-old Mac operating system (Macintosh OS 7.5.5) which was first introduced in 1996.
When it first launched in 1991, Mac OS 7 ran on certain Macintosh Quadra series or then-current PowerBook models. By the time version 7.5.5 debuted in 1996, the operating system required a Power Macintosh 5500 to function effectively.
We can see from the video that Lee’s watch is running the watchOS 2 beta, as well as the Mini vMac Macintosh emulator, and the Mac OS you see loading up is version 7.5.5.
This is really a fun for geeks, as it literally puts a whole computer OS on user’s wrist. In people’s minds, a desktop OS that actually required a computer that looked like a large box to work. However, people may forget, the computer development has been past 20 years, and the current mobile microprocessor enough to run 2o-year-old Mac OS.
Of course, in practical terms, with such a small screen and no external input devices, not much can be done once Mac OS 7.5.5 is up and running, but it’s still a fantastic feat. Just think, 20 years ago this operating system required a full-blown computer to run, and now it can be done with a tiny device that can be worn on your wrist.