You can now try iOS 4 on your shiny new iPhone 12 thanks to a new app. Zane, an 18-year-old developer from the United States has developed an app called OldOS that mimics the behaviors of iOS 4. The app provides a fairly close experience to the official iOS 4 operating system, with things such as wallpapers and apps very close to official look.
Apple just announced the fifteenth iteration of iOS this week. The new iOS 15 comes with a bunch load of features and has changed a lot since its first introduction. For the users who have never used an iPhone with the iconic skeuomorphism design language, the OldOS app is a good try.
The app recreates every single element of iOS 4. Users are greeted ‘Slide to unlock’ lock screen with a water droplet wallpaper. Since the app recreates an iPhone 4, a virtual home button is also present. The developer has taken advantage of the latest Apple technologies, like SwiftUI and Taptic Engine, and has added vibration for every time a user presses the home button.
Today is Launch Day 🚀
Introducing OldOS — iOS 4 beautifully rebuilt in SwiftUI.
* 🎨 Designed to be as close to pixel-perfect as possible.
*📱 Fully functional, perhaps even usable as a second OS.
* 🗺️ Fully open source for all to learn, modify, and build on. pic.twitter.com/K0JOE2fEKM
— Zane (@zzanehip) June 9, 2021
You can even use the in-built apps like Notes, Weather, Maps, and Phone. When a user opens the Photos app, they can scroll through their entire library, but with the Photos app with a UI of 2013. Zane also plans to add the 2013 versions of Twitter and Facebook apps to the OldOS app.
Despite a few bugs here and there, the OldOS app is definitely worth a try. It is currently available on TestFlight. You’ll have to install TestFlight on your iPhone, and then use the link given below to register as a tester for the OldOS app.
➤ Download – OldOS (TestFlight)