This emulator allows you to use a 1991 Mac just by opening a website

We always talk about the history of macOS as if the beginning of that operating system was in the year 2000, with the launch of the first version of Mac OS X. But before that there was a whole saga of versions of the so-called macOS Classic that only those most veterans we will have used at some point. Fortunately those versions can live on through simple emulators like Mini vMac.

Welcome to macOS 7

Minivmac Macos 7 Emulator

We talked about Mini vMac a while back along with more examples of emulation of old macOS systems: Normally its operation starts from you installing the emulator on your Mac and booting a classic system ROM. Now the configuration tasks are reduced to zero: you just have to open a website.

minivmac emulator macos 7 system preferences
minivmac emulator macos 7 system preferences

Does it ring a bell? There are still traces of this user experience in macOS Monterey’s System Preferences.

You can check it from this website from MinivMac, the result of the work of the developer Leonardo Javier Russo executing all the emulation through said web instead of executing it natively. When we open it, it appears directly macOS 7 startup and desktop.

A tip: reduce the size of the browser window, since the resolution used by macOS 7 was very small. You can browse system folders and see what it was like to use a Mac in 1991, with an interface that on some computers it still had to be seen in black and white.

Special mention also to the System Preferences, since some traces of design and user experience that endure today are still recognizable in them. Of course, who claims that these Preferences they need a redesign don’t lie, and we are likely to see in macOS 13 that will be presented next Monday at the WWDC 2022.

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