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Apple to Remove App iDOS 2 From the App Store Due to Breach of Guidelines

Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is a law graduate and freelance journalist with a keen interest in tech reporting.

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Another popular software has been found to be infringing the App Store’s regulations and will be withdrawn from the App Store. Unlike the Epic Games case, when the developer attempted to avoid paying the App Store charge, this case involves a DOS emulator, which emulates the old DOS operating system so you can play incredibly old games on your iPhone.

Since 2014, iDOS 2 has been available on the App Store, and it emulates the DOS operating system on iOS, allowing you to play old games and run DOS programs on your iPhone. The program also works with a PC keyboard, gamepad, and mouse, all of which are controlled over Bluetooth.

The app’s developer, Chaoji Li, stated in a blog post that the software might soon be pulled from the App Store. Before the app is withdrawn, the developer has 14 days to submit an update that complies with the standards. The software appears to violate Guideline 2.5.2, which prohibits installing and executing executable code on the iPhone.

Apple’s Review Team got the following letter: “Your app, in particular, runs iDOS package and picture files and supports iTunes File Sharing and Files for importing games. Using executable code, you can add or update features or functionality to your app, as well as obtain material without having to pay for it.”

Li noted publicly that the app’s creators are aware of the app’s potential to violate regulations governing executable code. He did say that there are analogous apps on the App Store that execute JavaScript or Python code, and that iDOS is no different in theory. Li goes on to argue that because the user code is executing inside an emulator within the app sandbox, there is no security concern.

iDOS 2 has been accessible on the App Store since 2014, while the previous version, iDOS, was released in 2010 before being discontinued in 2011

An emulator program “imitates” the way another operating system works without the requirement for a physical device. iDOS, for example, simulates the experience of vintage DOS PCs and allows iPhone users to play DOS games. Wolfenstein (1992), DOOM (1993), and Prince of Persia (1989) are all DOS games.


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