I’ve been busy since I utterly rewrote SpeakerClock in SwiftUI. That was model 1.2.0.
The App Retailer gives an idea referred to as Common Buy, which is the place buying an app on one gadget additionally unlocks it on all different supported platforms. Within the earlier model I added a Mac model. This replace now provides the AppleTV model. Nonetheless a minor replace, as a result of the performance is equivalent, but all three variations profit from enhancements.
As on the opposite platforms I wished to maintain the UI equivalent, whereas optimising for the display dimensions at hand. The principle problem was that opposite to the direct manipulation on the opposite platforms (with finger or mouse pointer) you might be controlling concentrate on Apple TV with the distant.
So my spherical LED buttons have an extra white circle if they’re in focus. That didn’t look good for the LED digits nonetheless. So there I used the LED digits shadow to offer it a white glow. Whereas the timer is thus focussed you may regulate it by swiping horizontally in your Apple TV distant.
I wished to keep away from having the white glow being energetic whereas the timer is working, it will quickly be annoying to the person. So if you happen to begin the timer by way of tapping on the distant, I place focus again on the presently energetic preset.
The second huge change for the Apple TV involved the person information which is proven by way of the button with the query mark. Since there isn’t a direct manipulation of a scroll view I experimented with having the person paragraphs be focusable. However that didn’t work out properly.
In the long run I discarded the ScrollView and as a substitute put the person person information sections on separate tabs. Since there was lots of empty area across the textual content, I added some eye sweet. A few of which is definitely interactive.
Lastly, the hidden bonus function which presumably solely builders would care about issues the a number of layers of the app icon. The icons are all generated with authentic reside person interface components from the app. The non-TV icons have been fairly easy to do like that. On TV nonetheless an app icon has a number of layers that are proven three-dimensionally floating in an superior parallax impact.
To realize this for SpeakerClock I divided the a number of layers such that you’ve the inactive LED bars on the again, the energetic LED components within the center and the site visitors gentle within the entrance.
Subsequent up I’ll be wanting right into a Watch app. Though there it’d make sense to attend for the iOS 15 function the place you may proceed to replace the display each second. Additionally you need to be capable to use the watch as distant management for SpeakerClock working on every other platforms.
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