This iPad Pro runs Windows 95, Age Of Empires II, RollerCoaster Tycoon, and The Sims
What you need to know
- Someone got Windows 95 running on a 2020 iPad Pro.
- Even better, they managed to get some popular games of the era to run, too.
- Age Of Empires II, RollerCoaster Tycoon, and The Sims all work fine.
Age Of Empires II, RollerCoaster Tycoon, and The Sims were all games we were playing when we were younger. But at the time it was impossible to imagine playing them on something that you can hold in your hand and control with your fingers. The idea of playing those games on an iPad Pro from 2020 is amazing and now, it's reality. Wanna see it?
Shared to YouTube by Hacking Jules, the video shows a 2020 iPad Pro booting Windows 95 inside a virtual machine (VM). That part's impressive enough but then the same iPad can be seen running some of the biggest games of the era, and well. So well in fact that they're playable – on an iPad Pro!
Check it out.
There's even a tutorial for those who want to try this out for themselves, although don't blame me if anything goes wrong on that front! This is most definitely not something that Apple, Microsoft, nor any of the other companies involved will thank you for.
Still, the fact it works at all is pretty amazing, right?
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
UTM is a fantastic project, I don't care what Apple says, stuff like this should be allowed on the App Store, especially if the iPad Pro is to be considered "Pro"