It amazes us that how powerful todays computing machine have become. Take this example Software developer Nick Lee pulled off the ultimate Apple Watch hack and got it to run Windows 95. Yes! You heard me right Windows 95.
In the video’s description, Nick Lee said
With a 520 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage, the Apple Watch packs a lot of computing horsepower into a very small package. On paper, its processor alone is about twenty-five times faster than the average 386, and 512 MB was the size of a hard drive in the mid-nineties, not memory. As a result, I was feeling confident that the Apple Watch had the ability to run one of the most revered desktop operating systems Redmond has ever produced.
In a Medium post, Nick Lee explain how the Apple watch hack works. Nick Lee said,
It’s possible to patch certain files within a WatchKit app to load your own application code rather than Apple’s.
After the hack is been done it takes about an hour to load. Using the operating system on the Apple watch is a nightmare. Just to open a single menu multiple finger swipes are required on a very small screen, and everyday use? Yeah! Good luck with that.
While the hack is of no use to any practical application and completely useless, the Demonstration is nevertheless, reminds us that we’re all a bit spoiled when even think of calling devices like the Apple Watch useless, or a toy.
And next time when you take a look at the Apple Watch or any other small portable device – The hardware inside that device was enough to run an entire computer just a couple of decades ago.
[Nick Lees’s YouTube channel]