Say goodbye to DOS on the iPad. We demonstrated how to install Windows 3.1 on an iPad on July 12, 2021, and the media coverage that followed seems to have woken the sleeping giant in Cupertino. Now, Apple plans to pull the iDOS 2 emulator from the App Store within two weeks.
Just yesterday, iDOS 2 author Chaoji Li announced that Apple has declined a submitted update to the popular MS-DOS emulator for iPhone and iPad currently available in the App Store. In a message sent to Li, Apple stated that “upon re-evaluation,” the iDOS app is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines because it can execute code, which “allows for downloading of content without licensing.”
As Li points out on the iDOS 2 website, the author has always been up front about the emulator’s capabilities with Apple, and after an approval last September, fans of MS-DOS retrogaming held up hope that maybe Apple had eased up on a longstanding ban on emulators in the App Store.