An iOS developer is constructing an iPhone app that may flip the smartphone into an iPod Traditional with its nostalgic click on wheel. Elvin Hu, a design scholar at Cooper Union faculty in New York Metropolis, has been engaged on the venture since October, and shared an early look on the app on Twitter yesterday. It primarily turns your iPhone right into a fullscreen iPod Traditional with a click on wheel that features haptic suggestions and click on sounds identical to Apple’s unique machine.
It has generated loads of curiosity on Twitter, with even the “father of the iPod,” Tony Fadell, noting it’s a “good throwback.” Hu constructed the app as a result of he was engaged on a paper in regards to the improvement of the iPod at college. “I’ve at all times been a fan of Apple merchandise since I used to be a child,” revealed Hu in an electronic mail to The Verge. “Earlier than my household might afford one, I might draw the UI structure of iPhone on lids of Ferrero Rocher packing containers. Their merchandise (amongst different merchandise, similar to Home windows Vista and Zune HD) have enormously influenced my choice of pursuing design as a profession.”
Whether or not we’ll ever get to play with it ourselves will largely depend upon Apple, although. “I’ve been engaged on this venture since October and whether or not I can launch it or not does depend upon whether or not Apple approve it,” admitted Hu. “I consider they’ve professional causes to not (patents and different causes).”
The app additionally consists of Apple’s outdated Cowl Move function, a 3D graphical interface that permits you to scroll and flip by means of album and track art work to pick out tracks. Hu has constructed this into the part above the clicking wheel, and it additionally works in panorama mode.
If Apple does block the discharge, which is probably going, then Hu might “launch it as an open supply venture after seeing the response from the group.” The app remains to be in improvement, and Hu is aiming to finish it by the tip of December, research allowing. If Apple isn’t pleased with the app, we are able to solely hope that somebody on the iOS crew has a coronary heart stuffed with nostalgia and provides this as the last word Easter egg for Apple Music and iPod followers.