I’ve been busy since I utterly rewrote SpeakerClock in SwiftUI. That was model 1.2.0.
The App Retailer supplies an idea referred to as Common Buy, which is the place buying an app on one system 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 similar, but all three variations profit from enhancements.
As on the opposite platforms I needed to maintain the UI similar, 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’re 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 present it a white glow. Whereas the timer is thus focussed you possibly can regulate it by swiping horizontally in your Apple TV distant.
I needed to keep away from having the white glow being lively whereas the timer is operating, it might quickly be annoying to the person. So in case you begin the timer by way of tapping on the distant, I place focus again on the at present lively preset.
The second massive 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 effectively.
In the long run I discarded the ScrollView and as an alternative put the person person information sections on separate tabs. Since there was quite a lot of empty house across the textual content, I added some eye sweet. A few of which is definitely interactive.
Lastly, the hidden bonus function which probably solely builders would care about considerations the a number of layers of the app icon. The icons are all generated with unique stay person interface components from the app. The non-TV icons had 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 lively LED components within the center and the site visitors gentle within the entrance.
Subsequent up I’ll be trying right into a Watch app. Though there it would make sense to attend for the iOS 15 function the place you possibly can proceed to replace the display each second. Additionally you must be capable of use the watch as distant management for SpeakerClock operating on some other platforms.
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