ClickWheel: The iPod Simulator

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by harry20larry, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. harry20larry macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    Hey guys,
    The development of my app (ClickWheel) is nearly complete.

    I set out to recreate the experience of using an iPod with a clickwheel on the iPhone and iPod Touch and I am very excited to see it nearly complete.

    The app isn't meant to replace the current iPod app, as it is far easier to use, this is for the 90% of the iPhone market who bought an iPhone after having owned an iPod and still enjoy the nostalgic feeling when using one.

    Here is a teaser video I created:

    Please visit the website and follow on twitter:

    PS. This is my first app so please use the kind side of your heart ;)
  2. dubhe macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Norwich, UK
    Be nice if I could play all the games I bought for my iPod classic on my iPhone.
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    While I enjoy the nostalgic feeling, the first iPod owned was not the 4th or 5th gen for me. Can you repeat the 3rd gen look and feel? ;)

    It's novelty and offers no additional functionality but it looks cute and looks like it works well for the intended purpose. I hope it is free so I can try, otherwise I'd like not to spend money on making my iPhone go back a few gens in time.
  4. harry20larry thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    I am hoping to add more themes (different iPods) later on.
    I will be giving away promo codes soon, I will PM you one if you want. It will be priced at $1 (£0.59)
  5. designgeek macrumors 65816


    Jan 30, 2009
  6. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    Yeah, very nostalgic indeed.

    Can I install Peggle with it? jk :D
  7. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    That looks awesome. I'm assuming it actually uses music on your iPhone or iPod touch, yeah?

    If so, I'll buy it on launch day.
  8. Goodeye macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2009
    Man this looks AWESOME!

    I remember when the rumors floated around about the iPhone back in 2005 and 06 there were mockups people made that showed the click wheel I thought it was the coolest way to use the device. Apple showed us that wasn't the case. But it will be awesome to see and use once you release it.
  9. harry20larry thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    Yes, library access works well!
  10. liptonlover macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2008
    It actually looks almost compelling enough to pay for... I wish I could spend more on entertainment apps. But if you completed the experience by simulating EVERY iPod, including the shuffle and the new accelerometer nanos w/games included, I would pay. Just saying.

    Good luck!
  11. anim8or macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2006
    Scotland, UK
    I have been waiting for an app like this for a while as i do miss my wheel...

    My first ipod was a 3rd Gen... i loved it.

    Unfortunately i am a little disappointed by this app....

    I think that the way that you have tried to isolate the ipod within the touch screen makes it too small... you have the opportunity to use the full width of the screen for the 'internal' sreen and 'internal' click wheel....

    Is it too late for you to redesign?

    I dont want this to sound like I am criticising, only trying t be constructive....

    Are the dimensions the exact same as the ipod you are emulating....??
  12. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    It sounds cool. Novelty but cool.
    It'd be nice if it stayed when you locked the screen, of course it would only be visible when you double clicked the home button.
  13. harry20larry thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    I did consider the idea but it iphone proportions a quite different to that of an ipod, where as the screen of the iphone is nearly exactly the same.
    This is why I decided it would be safer to use the exact proportions of the the iPod 5th gen inside the screen.
    Who knows, I am hoping to design new themes for all ipods! (this could include the moderations you outlined)
  14. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    I was actually going to do the same thing when I finished my current project! Very nice implimentation.
  15. yalag macrumors 65816

    Nov 18, 2007
    haha you just wasted a truckload of time because there's no chance in hell will this get approved by apple
  16. macjram macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2008
    If that's true, there's always Cydia. :)
  17. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    It'll be interesting to see if Apple approves this app or decides to reject for either a) duplicating existing functionality, or b) infringing on Apple's trademarks. I really hope they approve it though.
  18. yalag macrumors 65816

    Nov 18, 2007
    It will be both, I wish developers would actually read their guidelines
  19. vettori macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    Italy, near Venice
    I was trying to find the words to say the same thing even if a bit more friendly :rolleyes:

    Even if you have not used the Apple logo they probably have a copyright on the clickwheel, so I'm sorry but I don't think you'll pass the review system.

    That said the app seems very nice and I was thinking to make the same thing a couple months ago.

    Good Luck !
  20. TheZimm macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
  21. ChrisN macrumors 65816


    Aug 27, 2007
    Demarest, NJ
    That's cool and funny, cool app but I dont know if I would spend money.

  22. harry20larry thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    I was thinking the same thing.
    Hopefully by the time I have submitted it, the FCC would have sorted out the rejection policies!
    Regards the clickwheel, the patent only extends to hardware, not virtual emulation.
  23. yalag macrumors 65816

    Nov 18, 2007
    You are not allowed to have any products showing in your app (the images of iphone, ipods, macs etc are banned immediately). Again, read your agreements and guidelines before coding.
  24. MacToddB macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    It will be rejected.

    I remember reading a similar story here on MacRumors. It was Rowmote.

    Rowmote was forced to change the GUI for the same reason your app will be rejected, it looked just like the $15 remote that ships with Macs & Apple TV. The developer had to change the look to be more like a plus sign. Reviewers complained because the screenshots still showed the Apple look and feel.

    Sorry. Better to change it now to be subtly different.
  25. harry20larry thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    I can see where you are coming from but I can't see how I could change the design that would still keep the authenticity of the app.

    Also, somebody said you can submit apps to cydia, but for the life of me I don't know how, could you share?

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