iPad to miss out on apps that utilize the iPhone 4's Gyro + Accelerometer

Discussion in 'iPad' started by 3N16MA, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. 3N16MA macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2009
    As of now there is two kinds of apps in the app store. iPhone apps that can be used on an iphone or iPad and iPad apps that can only be used on an iPad. The iPhone 4 is going to ship with a built-in three-axis gyroscope. I have a feeling that developers are going to heavily utilize this function in games. This means that there is going to be a bunch of apps that can only fully work on the iPhone 4, almost a third category. Kind of odd that Apple did not introduce this with the iPad. There will be a bunch of apps in the coming months that will have features the iPad cannot take advantage of.

    I love my iPad so far but will be getting an iPhone 4 when it's released in Canada. If developers start utilizing the gyro in games I can't see myself getting the iPad version without this function.
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Actually, I'd say there are three kinds of apps right now -- ones that work on iPhone, iPad *and* iPod touch, ones that work on iPhone only because they require camera/phone functions (not available on the touch and iPad), and ones that are iPad only.

    But you are right that the introduction of the gyroscope means that there will be apps that work only on iPhone 4 -- although I'd expect that the iPod touch 4 will also have the gyro. And if the new touch has a camera... Wow, I'm really getting a headace now!

    I sure hope Apple comes up with a way to clearly mark which apps work with which devices, or I see lots of angry/disappointed customers in the future who purchase an app only to find it doesn't work with their device.
  3. jtara macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2009
    You're really thinking of this wrong. Hopefully, developers aren't.

    Other than the unfortunate OS situation with iPhone/iPad (with iPad for now running on a "forked" OS, but that will be fixed in the fall) you really need to think of this in terms of specific, individual features that may or may not be available (or enabled) on a specific device.

    The APIs provide developers the means to determine is a specific feature is available on the device the app is running on.

    So, an app that would like to use the gyro need only check "does this device have a gyro"? If so, it can enable functionality that uses the gyro. If not, obviously that functionality will have to be disabled, or else perhaps some other feature (e.g. accelerometer) might be used to accomplish something similar.

    Same goes for "does it have a camera"?, "does it have a front camera?", etc.

    Your initial statement is at least partially true, if obvious: iPad doesn't have a gyro, so OF COURSE iPad owners will miss-out on gyro functionality. But not necessarily on apps that happen to support the gyro if it is there.
  4. 3N16MA thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2009

    Good point, I always forget about the iPod touch. I guess that's what happens when you don't own one.
  5. Aydin macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    iPhone 4 to miss out on apps that take advantage of iPad's much larger screen.

    Seriously, Apple makes the products as different as possible to make people buy them. That's why iPod touch always has less features than iPhone otherwise people would get a dumbphone and an iPod touch which would be much cheaper.
  6. northernbaldy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2010
    the north, UK
    I bet the gyro is already built in to the iPad ;)
  7. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I doubt it, or SJ would have been crowing about it.
  8. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
    shame that it isn't just a OS upgrade away for the iPad.

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