Is iPhone 4 and iPod Classic actually “resurrected”?

After seeing the iPhone 12 series' "return to ancestors" frame, returning to the color iMac case, and the retro-style cameras launched by camera manufacturers, "retro" seems to be becoming a new fashion in the current digital circle.

Many classic products like iPod and iPhone 4 have been eliminated from the market due to outdated performance, but this does not mean that their design will be forgotten by people.

If you are also nostalgic for the beauty of the past, now you can reminisce about them in a digital way.

"IPod Classic" that can listen to streaming media

Holding a silver iPod Classic, wearing a pair of white headphones, an album that never gets tired of listening to it, listening to it is an afternoon in the noisy summer.

The iPod Classic is the memory of many people’s school days. Some people miss its "short and fat" figure, and some miss its Click Wheel with decompression function, but more people miss the pure sense of listening to music with an iPod-put it on Only pure music is left behind the earphones, isolating all disturbances.

Unfortunately, the iPod Classic was discontinued in 2014. If you want to relive this pure music, you not only need to spend a lot of energy to identify the quality of various second-hand assembly machines, but also learn how to modify hard drives, batteries and other components. .

If you are not a fundamentalist, here is a much simpler way to let you recall "iPod Classic".

Developer Tanner Villarete has developed a very interesting iPod player (iPod.js), which can be used without downloading the app and opening it with a browser on a mobile phone or computer.

Many people feel sorry for Apple abandoning the Cover Flow view. This classic feature has been re-enacted on iPod.js. Turning the turntable is like playing with a collection of vinyl records, enjoying their beautiful covers one by one.

iPod uses the "scrubbing" dial to control everything. The same operating logic is used on iPod.js. Rotating the dial to select albums, songs, and adjust the volume and progress. From the operation point of view, its degree of restoration is still very high.

What's interesting is that you can still play classic brick-and-mortar games on iPod.js. How many boring moments have you spent with brick-and-mortar while listening to songs?

iPod.js also supports "shell swap"-it has built-in three color themes, you can always find the one you like most.

iPod.js is a pure music player, you can’t read comments or post updates.

However, unlike the iPod Classic, iPod.js does not play local music. Tanner has made some modern changes for it-making it support Apple Music and Spotify streaming services.

Playing streaming music with "iPod" sounds incredible.

Before using iPod.js, you need to log in to an Apple Music or Spotify account, so that it can access your music library, and usually click on the albums of the Red Star collection to appear in Cover Flow.

In the eyes of efficiency-conscious people, listening to songs with iPod.js is really inconvenient. It has no lyrics, no reviews, no rankings, and the turntable operation is much more complicated than the starting point.

However, this inconvenience of sacrificing efficiency for the sake of simplicity also brings some sense of ritual to the matter of listening to songs.

Abandoning the interference of any useless information, allowing you to concentrate on listening to the album cover, rubbing the record, and slowly immersing in the music, this is not a bad thing.

Transform into "iPhone 4" in a second

I believe that many Apple users have an iPhone 4 lying in their drawers.

The exquisite appearance, epoch-making iOS 4, and the best grip in the past are all reasons why people should collect and play with this classic.

It is a pity that iPhone 4 can only exist as a decoration most of the time, and the backward iOS version is no longer enough to run various mainstream apps.

▲ This is an iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 4 is outdated, but the touch that it brings to people has not been forgotten. If you also miss the quasi-physical design on iOS 4, you can try OldOS developed by the 18-year-old developer Zane to give you a comprehensive Screen iPhone returns to the era of "3.5-inch large screen" in one second.

The unlocking interface that slides from left to right, the "black and thick" frame that is full of contemporary sense, the realistic Home button is even shocked when you press it, and it is taken with the same retro right-angle frame of the iPhone 12 series. Time is really drawn back 10 years ago.

When the familiar "click" unlocking sound sounded again, after entering the OldOS desktop, you will find that the classic water drop wallpapers and the simulating icons have been restored one by one. What's more interesting is that these retro-looking apps can still interact normally.

The Camera App restores almost the same UI interface as iOS 4. Slide the lower right corner to switch shooting and video recording, and tap the upper right corner to switch between front and rear cameras. Of course, limited by the "time", OldOS can only call the main camera to take pictures, and cannot use ultra-wide-angle and telephoto cameras.

The UI styles of apps such as weather, stocks, and sticky notes reproduce the past pseudo-physical designs, and they can all be used normally. After looking at the flat style, review these contemporary designs, which is probably "digital retro" The most pleasant process.

You can also customize the desktop wallpaper. Changing the earth wallpaper should be a common memory of many people.

Restoring "settings" should be the most difficult part of OldOS development.

Although the UI looks exactly the same, when you flip some such as airplane mode and WiFi switch, you can't really control the iPhone. For example, if you turn off the WiFi switch but you are still connected to the network, there are many such bugs.

Zane said that more setting functions need further development, and OldOS is still in a very early stage of early adopter testing, and Zane's ultimate goal is to make OldOS a fully usable and up-to-date microsystem.

Among them, "iPod" should be the app that best meets Zane's goals. Unlike previous pure music players, you will find that when you click on the iPod app, it has opened up your Apple Music service. It can not only play Apple Music's streaming media resources, but also Synced the playlist you created.

iPod restores the playback interface to a high degree. Double-clicking the album cover will also display the long-lost "rating" function. Experience the latest content in a retro way. This feeling is very magical.

OldOS is currently being tested on Testflight. If you also want to disguise your iPhone as an iPhone 4 from 10 years ago, you can download Testflight and participate in the OldOS test . Please note that the number of test places is limited.

Back to "Macintosh"

In 1977, the Apple II launched by Apple was Apple's first popularized microcomputer. According to statistics, Apple produced close to 6 million Apple II units, which is enough to prove its great commercial success.

By 1979, Jeff Raskin, an Apple employee, wanted to provide ordinary consumers with an easier-to-use and low-cost computer, and named it after his favorite apple variety, Mclntosh. .

Later, in order to avoid the legal risk of having the same name as another audio company, Apple decided to rewrite its name to Macintosh, so the epoch-making personal computer series was born.

Macintosh replaced Apple II and became the iconic series of Apple computers, and eventually became the familiar Mac series.

If you want to relive this extraordinary history, it’s not a good idea to get a second-hand Macintosh, because not everyone is like classmate He, who has excellent hands-on skills and strong financial resources to restore such a machine. The old machine of the old age.

Fortunately, after the efforts of some developers, Macintosh was "moved" to the network, making this cross-age experience a reality.

The Macintosh, which was born in 1984, is equipped with the Macintosh System 1.0 system. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the developer Hampa Hug developed a web simulator for it in 2014. More people can recall this ancient graphical interface.

Click to start, and you will be greeted by a smiling Macintosh, very cute.

After getting started, you will find that whether it is the same menu bar at the top, the trash can fixed in the lower right corner, or the close button in the upper left corner of the window, the operation of this ancestral system is not much different from the macOS 12 you just updated.

And these inextricable relationships between grandparents and grandchildren can help us understand Apple's design philosophy of operating systems and graphical interfaces more clearly.

▲ The drawing function was very advanced at the time

However, since most of the computer software at that time needed to be read from a disk, the Macintosh System 1.0 emulator lacking disk expansion could do very limited things.

If you want a richer system experience, the Macintosh System 7.0 web emulator developed by James Friend will be more interesting.

▲ It feels like a Hollywood clerk

Since the 7.0 system runs on the more powerful Macintosh II (the memory has changed from 128Kb to a huge 8Mb), the playability will be greatly improved. You can not only type, draw, but also use Excel, Word and other office software to work.

▲ The 3D effect is not bad, right?

In addition to office work, you can also play games on it. For example, one of the hockey games called Shufflepunk uses simple lines to build a 3D game perspective effect, which is very interesting to play.

When the time came to 1997, the Macintosh system ushered in a major historical update. The system naming is no longer a complicated string of letters, but a more modern Mac OS 8, one of the most successful software in Apple’s history. Sold more than 1.2 million copies in just two weeks.

And now, developer Felix Rieseberg has made it an installable application , and you can experience this milestone-level system on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

On Mac OS 8, you can find a lot of modern software and operations, for example, you can use IE browser to surf the Internet (yes, it is IE browser).

You can also use PhotoShop to edit images, and functional logic such as toolbars, layer bars, etc., had already begun to take shape at that time.

If you want, you can also use Premiere to edit the video on it, and make a millennial-style MTV with the primitive and changeable special effects at that time.

All in all, digital retro really allows us to take a more convenient way to cross the time and space of hardware limitations.

Over time, these devices will face the dilemma of "impairable repair", but fortunately, these excellent designs have been preserved in another form and will be remembered forever.

Higher, higher.

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