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A young tech enthusiast just bought iOS 4 to life and Twitter loves him for it

The OldOS app brings back the Home button and the “slide to unlock” bar. 
The OldOS app brings back the Home button and the “slide to unlock” bar.  (Twitter/SnazzyQ)

While Apple lovers are all excited about iOS 15, an 18-year-old tech enthusiast has recreated iOS 4 as an app.

Apple recently announced the iOS 15 at WWDC 2021 and is currently rolling out beta versions of the operating system to developers. And at a time like this, a young tech enthusiast has decided to take us back in time to the iOS 4. Ten years after the iOS 4 made its debut on the iPhone 3G, 18-year-old Zane, who according to his Twitter bio “loves to invent” shared on June 9 that people could use the OldOS app to bring iOS 4. This iOS 4 has been “beautifully rebuilt in SwiftUI”, which is Apple’s developer program.

Zane explained in his tweets that the app has been designed “to be as close to pixel-perfect as possible” and added that it was fully functional and usable as a second operating system. He added that the app was also fully open source for all to learn, modify and build on. The OldOS app brings back the old and iconic home button on the iPhone which Apple has now removed on the newer devices. The app brings this home button back on the screen and uses touch vibration to give the feel of a real physical button.

Zane’s tweet got Twitter all excited and nostalgic with people marveling at how cool the app is. One Twitter user also asked Zane what made him create an app like this. To this Zane said that it was the love of nostalgia. “I have such a special place in my heart for this operating system and wanted to bring it back while showcasing the power of SwiftUI,” he said. Other users asked Zane to add more beta invitations.

The best part of all this is the return on the “slide to unlock” bar which was a classic iPhone feature. Zane’s OldOs app brings that back too and it works as well as one user showed in a video he shared.

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