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The iPhone is a combination device that has a different processor architecture than the iPod. Then you have to consider memory on the two devices. The iPhone probably has ~512MB onboard memory for the system while the iPod might have ~16-32MB.

EDIT: These are just assumptions and mean nothing in terms of specs.

Both of them use ARM.

More importantly, who knows if the current iPod isn't running OS X ?
Apple never made public the OS of the iPod (except for the first generation ones, which used Pixo)

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Ok, a few things I would like to point out:

1. iPod OSX would be possible
2. iPod OSX would be really unusable on that small screen

It could be possible but it would really suck on that small screen and running applications on it would be useless because they would take endless time to load and the weak processor with very low memory would make the programs very slow to make simple operation. The iPod was made to play audio files not run a operating system that is on two dvds and runs on expensive computers.

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Not possible, if i recall the arm chip doesnt even have mmx or sse

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Now there is nothing saying that a BSD system wouldn't be able to run on the iPod. Right now it's just a matter of porting over quite a few changes for the proc and some various other things XD

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And making it work with a scroll wheel...

Rotate 180 right to move the cursor up, 180 left to go down, and think really hard to make it move left or right :(

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Sounds good, but not really feasible. It's prolly better for you to waste your time with hacking hardware that would eventually yield something useful. It's a novel idea, but I doubt everyone'll run to their iPods, erase everything, and try booting OSX in 25mins just to see it works. If it was me, I'd return its music functions 5mins after recording it working on video and bragging to my friends about it. The XBOX mod sounds like a better project to pursue, better to do it after warranty expires :) Much easier to code on similar hardware the OS runs on originally than to disassemble PPC/Intel code for use with ARM that has virtually no multimedia acceleration.

My 2cents.

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wel instead of running osx on an ipod how bout the REAL osx on the iphone. wouldnt it be cool to use a REAL dock and REAL programs on your iphone? i mean its completely feasable seeing as the processor is right and the iphone has all the drivers in it. so theoretically we would be able to take the kexts or whatever ti uses. SO ... whos gunna crack it and let us make it a REAL OSXphone

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the closest thing you are gonna get is an ipod touch. Witch is acually running BSD (darwin?) with a low memory UI. The ipod touch is not running full OSX so put that out of your mind right now.

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Well....its not a stupid idea, but no, it wont work. And never will unless apple releases an iPod with at least a 800mhz processor in it and at least 256 mb or ram. Which, i dont know why you would need that power for a portable music player, but w/e.



The iPod touch has a 473 Mhz ARM CPU... It would still be hard as heck....

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Other than the touch, why would want to? Even with the touch, you don't have to much room to do stuff on an os with it, even more when the screen is taken up by a touch keyboard.

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Well, as an alternative, i'm running VNSea on my iPod Touch. Sure, its not actually OS X, but I can use my hackintosh fully from my touch.

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IPhone's system is almost made up of web technology and they can't run Mac apps so they are not really mac but editied Darwin + web technology

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The iPhone/iPod Touch does run a stripped down OS X...there, goal accomplished :D

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It's MUCH easier to build a hackintosh and VNC that. Just hide the tower, and no keyboard mouse or screen. Just like a server. Ignore the hardware, but use at as you want. Dang. I might have to try that now!

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I know iPods can run OS X.
http://www.macosxhin...050401064920219
But they'd suck since iPods have like 32MB of ram (Well the G1).

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I'm pretty sure that was a joke. Sorry about that.

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An ipod could run a very stripped down version of OSX, however they do not (and with good reason)
as i recall, rockbox and ipodlinux were both horribly slow.
The ipod touch runs a heavily stripped down version of OSX over a half-functional ARM version of Darwin (which you could jailbreak and expand to a version with full BSD subsystem) and that is as close as we're going to get to running OSX on it.

The user interface is WAY too heavy to run on that little ARM processor.
It would be slow, it would stutter and eat up your battery in minutes.

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I hope I don't get flammed by this comment, but would it be possible to install OSX on an ipod, but to use it as a bootable external hard drive? I have an old ipod that's replaced by my iPhone. It would be cool to bring this back out into the sunlight and make it used for something other than gathering dust.

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I hope I don't get flammed by this comment, but would it be possible to install OSX on an ipod, but to use it as a bootable external hard drive? I have an old ipod that's replaced by my iPhone. It would be cool to bring this back out into the sunlight and make it used for something other than gathering dust.


If you wish to destroy your iPod, yes. Use GParted or some partitioning utility to completely wipe it and put one huge FAT32 partition on. Then in OSX's Disk Utility, change it to HFS+. I dunno, I never tried it, mostly because I value my iPod :rolleyes:

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If you wish to destroy your iPod, yes. Use GParted or some partitioning utility to completely wipe it and put one huge FAT32 partition on. Then in OSX's Disk Utility, change it to HFS+. I dunno, I never tried it, mostly because I value my iPod :(


I don't mind. My ipod is a 10gb I had for years. It's done its time.
But even so, how would this "destroy" it. Wouldn't all you have to do is resync it to itunes and all the stuff will be restored? or do you have to format it first. What is an ipod's native format?





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