Take a trip down memory lane with Apple.
We’re feeling somewhat nostalgic and want to take you back. For those loyal iPhone readers, the mere mention of iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 might be stirring memories you thought you’d left behind.
The rounded design with that thick silver frame and a back so thick it made it look like the TVs we all had, pre-flatscreen.
But it’s the operating system that really has us feeling some type of way. iOS 4 may sound like something from the Stone Age considering the fact we’re currently rocking iOS 14 – soon to be iOS 15.
iOS 4 was the iPhone software used 11 years ago. And while that’s over a decade, we can’t forget that famous raindrop background and the way our favourite apps looked on the home screen.
This update was pretty huge way back then and brought over a 100 new features for iPhone users. One feature we’re super-grateful for is the addition of folders - lots and lots of folders.
So simple, yet something we’d be so lost without now. We’re talking about the little boxes on your home screen that collect similar apps together to keep everything organised and in one place.
There’s nothing worse than a cluttered home screen with random apps flying about all over the place. You’ve got your emails in one folder and then your Nando’s app right next to it? Absolutely criminal.
Anyway, we’ve got iOS 4 to thank for this as well as a whole bunch of other bits and bobs. If you’re reading this and are sat thinking, what on earth are they rambling on about? Hold tight.
Apple have devised a way that you can take it back to iOS 4, temporarily, on your current iPhone – courtesy of a really cool app.
A developer named Zane has recreated a version of iPhoneOS into an app so you can test it on your iPhone – for free!
Whether you’re new to the iPhone game and simply want a taste of what was, or your nostalgia is consuming you – get a taste of iOS 4.
We know, super-creative name. We wonder how long it took them to think of that? We’re just teasing of course, we’re beyond excited about it.
It’s not only the home screen of iOS 4 that has been incorporated into the app, everything else from Maps, Settings, Safari, and everything in between has too.
We’ve come a long way from the 3.5-inch display that we saw on older iPhones and using iOS 4 on the iPhone 12 display may feel a little strange – but it works perfectly!
The app even speaks Apple’s SwiftUI language and has been coded to operate exactly as the old operating system once did.
Where do I sign up?
If you want to get in on all the action, load up the site TestFlight and search for the app OldOS. It’s worth noting that the enrolment list to TestFlight is looking a little long, so you may have to wait until a spot opens up.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, open it up and follow the instructions. From there you’ve got a one way ticket down memory lane – and you don’t even need to be doubly vaccinated for this trip!
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