iOS 4 brought to life by a young tech enthusiast, Twitter loves it


At a time when Apple once released a beta of iOS 15 to developers, an 18-year-old tech enthusiast recreated iOS 4 as an app, nearly 10 years after its iPhone 3G debut. Zane, who in his Twitter bio says he “loves to invent,” tweeted on June 9 that the OldOS app can bring iOS 4 which has been “beautifully rebuilt in SwiftUI,” Apple’s developer program. . Zane said the app was designed “to be as close to pixel perfect as possible,” adding that it was “fully functional” and even usable as a second operating system. The young technician added: “Fully open source for everyone to learn, modify and develop.”

The app includes the old and what was once considered the iconic iPhone home button, now removed by the company in newer models. In Zane’s phone, however, the button is on the screen and uses tactile vibration to give the feel closest to a real physical button.

Zane’s tweet filled many people on the microblogging site with nostalgia.

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“Wow. And also, what took you from doing such a thing ?! The vision and the dedication,” said a user with the handle @donmowry.

Responding to the user, Zane said, “Really, just a love of nostalgia. I have such a special place in my heart for this operating system and wanted to bring it back while showing the power of SwiftUI.”

Another Twitter user, @Mrwhoistheboss, said: “Dude I’m already nostalgic about your post. Add more beta invitations please.”

Do you remember that “slide to unlock” bar, emblematic of an iPhone? Well, yeah, Zane’s OldOS has that too. And here is a user showing the exact same thing.

Here are some other reactions:

The phone has iOS 4 icons for apps, keypad, maps, and pictures. Twitter user @SnazzyQ tweeted the images to show how the app is turning out to be a huge part of nostalgia, especially for those who have been using iPhones for a long time.

Meanwhile, Apple officially unveiled iOS 15, and as many recent rumors and leaks have suggested, there have been several far-reaching improvements to iMessage and FaceTime. There’s also a new system-wide focus on sharing and communicating, along with even more privacy-related features and new ways to harness intelligence on the device. iOS 15 will roll out to the iPhone 6s and later devices in the fall of this year.

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Developer previews begin immediately, and a public beta will arrive next month. One feature that was not mentioned in the WWDC 2021 opening presentation, but appeared in a background slide, was Hindi language support for the iOS Quickpath swipe keyboard.

In addition, notifications have a new look with contact photos for people and larger icons for apps to make them easier to identify. A new notification summary can be customized and scheduled to appear at any time, allowing you to deal with unimportant notifications in one go. Users won’t miss people’s messages as this is for apps that send periodic updates.

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