A MacBook Pro, Air or iMac may come pre-installed with the latest version of OS X, but it hasn’t always been the case. Once upon a time, when buying a new Macintosh computer, users would have been opting to let their computing needs be handled by the old Macintosh operating system that may have served its purpose at the time and formed the foundation for what we have today. But it was in no way as functional or as aesthetically pleasing as OS X Lion or Mountain Lion. We have seen in the past that some people do love that nostalgic trip down memory lane and now that is possible with the Mini vMac emulator software for Android on the Play Store.
Rather than sifting through eBay looking for an old Mac Plus computer with an original installation of the Macintosh OS, a crafty developer has pulled together the Mini vMac emulator for Android tablets that allows Mac OS to be installed to an SD card for use on the device. Follow the relatively simple steps below to get up and running.
Step 1: Head on over to the Play Store and download the Mini vMac application. Download link at the source link at the end of this post.
Step 2: Download your very own copy of the Mac Plus operating system. Download link at the source link at the end of this post.
Step 3: Open up your favorite file manager and navigate to the SD card on the device. Create a new folder and name it minivmac (/sdcard/minivmac).
Step 4: Find the downloaded Mac Plus operating system and extract all of the files to the newly created minivmac folder on the SD card.
Step 5: Open the app drawer on the device and run the vMac.apk file before pressing the Menu button on the device and selecting Insert Disk.
Step 6: Tap on 896K to boot the Mac Plus operating system.
Step 7: Tap the Menu button on the device and select the Scale option to run the software in full-screen mode for the best possible experience.
It may not actually allow you to do a great deal or act as a fully-functional old-school operating system but it’s extremely interesting to see the roots of OS X and play a few classic games in the process. After all, who wants to sit and look at those shiny polished Android visuals all the time?