Wake up to iPod music: Hard Awakening

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by vettori, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. vettori macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    version 2.0 of [app]Hard Awakening[/app] is available on the app store.

    Now you can use your iPod library music as an alarm and even record your own sounds with the microphone.

    Hard Awakening also have 70 built-in sounds, some of them are very disturbing.

    Comments are appreciated. Complete feature list :

    - 70 hi-quality sounds.
    - iPod library access to use music as an alarm.
    - Record your own alarms with a microphone.
    - Display the clock.
    - Display the alarm time or countdown until the alarm goes off.
    - Snooze function with very big key.
    - Customizable snooze time.
    - Volume setting.
    - Optional increasing volume for a gentler awakening.
    - Optional nightstand in portrait or landscape mode.
    - Prevents damaging your screen pixels changing the text position every minute when in nightstand mode.
    - Auto 12/24 hours mode uses the same preference you have set on the phone.
    - Random sound option.


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  2. MadGoat macrumors 65816

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    Does it need to run when the phone is in sleep mode?

    Of course it does. so if the app crashes in the middle of the night(it does happen) or little Billy forgets to turn it on? You can't run any other apps while this is on.


    Why do people make alarm apps when they can't be integrated into the OS?

    I like the Clock app with built in alarm that is always running in the background, I never need to worry if I launched the app before putting my phone to sleep.
     
  3. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    more like why does apple not let them create alarm apps that can run in the background.
     
  4. MadGoat macrumors 65816

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    Well my point is if they don't allow it, why even bother creating it, it's nothing more than a novelty.
     
  5. vettori thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    @MadGoat,

    when I go to sleep I usually turn on airplane mode and launch hard awakening. The app remembers all settings so you don't need to do anything else. So it's simple as touching the app icon.

    If nightstand mode is off, the phone screen goes to sleep and the app will not consume much battery (no visible difference on the battery status icon).

    If nightstand mode is on it comsume some battery but it's obvious since it has to use the screen.

    The app does not crash :)

    And if you're sleeping you simply not need to run any other app ;) no ?
     
  6. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816

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    I know its not your fault and it`s only coz of SDK restrictions but still it`s a lame solution. It`s like apple saying you dont need multi tasking as you can use push notifications instead. Seriously.
     
  7. vettori thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ^^^

    All of us want background processes on the iPhone but for an alarm clock that must be on when you're sleeping (and so your device is not used) seems not necessary to me.

    In my opinion, in this case, background processes are useless if nightstand mode is used, could be useful but not necessary when nightstand mode is not used.

    Maybe I'm just accustomed to touch the app icon before turning the lights off ;)

    BTW, why Apple has not added iPod songs to the built-in alarm app is a mistery to me :)
     
  8. JCastro macrumors 6502a

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    I could never go into Airplane mode just to go to sleep so it would never work out for me. For the life of me I don't know why the songs don't work with the alarm either. The is one of things that I love about my iPod video. I wish they would enable it on the iPhone!!
     
  9. vettori thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ^^^

    Just to be precise: Hard Awakening does not need Airplane mode to work. It's just me that when go to sleep do both things, i.e. turn on airplane mode and launch hard awakening.

    However it's not needed by Hard Awakening. For example if you receive a call when the app is running, the phone app will receive the call but when the calls end, hard awakening starts again and if the alarm time has passed it also play the alarm so even in the rare case when you receive a call at the exact alarm time the app will wake you when the call has finished ringing (if you answer the call you already are awake :) )
     
  10. vettori thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone tried it ? Any comments or suggestion for next version new features ?

    Thank you !!
     
  11. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816

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    IMO such an app should never need background process. It`ll only be a waste of your iPhone battery if anything. What it does need is some APIs from apple which will allow such apps for alarm/reminders/calendars to be able to turn on and do the task assigned at a pre determined time. Apple might as well add this functionality with the current Calendar(or even Clock) app only, where all such apps just put a reminder in the calendar app(where these reminders are not visible to the user in the calendar app), which in turn will prompt the app to start up and do its business whenever the app requests it to. This way the job will be done without any more processing power required than what the iPhone is already using.

    Also, to keep things smooth they can opt for two sorts of actions. -

    1)If the iPhone is in use at the time when some app requested to be turned on, the calender should just pop up a message(like the push notifs or SMS) reminding the user about that app and giving the option to start the app or cancel it.

    2)In case the iphone is not in use at the time of reminder then app should be turned on and let it do its business (like an alarm) the screen should be turned on with app in the back ground with the "slide to unlock" option on the screen. They can add automatic snooze if the user doesnt stop the process himself.

    What I`ve suggested is just one solution. There could be so many ways it can be done without compromising any battery life. But apple wouldnt do it mainly coz.... they are Apple. Look how long copy paste took to arrive. I agree they`ve done an excellent job with it and exceeded my expectations when I first saw it in the 3.0 Preview. And it really is good. But taking more than two years for such a basic function is a bit too much.

    Please note- I dont have any idea why I drifted from the main topic and started discussing iPhone vs Netbooks here. I simply forgot :confused:. I know I had something in my mind and BAM. Theres nothing. It actually felt like waking up in the middle of nowhere and having no idea how you got there. I admit my memory is not good but this has never happened. Do I need help/therapy/medication:confused::confused::(:(. Read ahead if you wish but please remeber it has nothing to do with the Original Post. PM me if you wish to to share your thoughts about this with me. I wish I was a non vegetarian, atleast then I could blame it on MAD COW like danny crane:):D. Heres what I typed after the previous paragraph


    "BTW All those who were saying that they have copy paste on blackberrys/winmos/otherCrap for years but never found any real use for it were wrong. I never thought I`d use the copy paste much, may be occasionally at best, found out how much I`ve used it in past two days. The iPhone Safari is now another step closer to the PC. With the addition of this basic feature the iPhone/iPT are not too far behind the netbooks for a big majority of people. Yes it might not be able to do half the things what a cheapo netbook might be able to do but the other half which its capable of doing is what netbook users do with their more than 80% of the times. A lil browsing, checking social networking sites, email, VOIP, edit or create some docs, may be watch a video or two. iPhone is capable of doing all those(as much as it`s tiny 3.5" screen will allow it to). "

    And at this point I woke up. No idea why I typed all this but one thing I m sure is that there was a point I wanted to make here but now I have no idea what that point was:confused:. Hopefully it`ll strike my mind again within a day or two when I least expect it. I`ll update u if that happens in a new thread.
     
  12. whyamihere macrumors regular

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    i know your assumption may be true for a lot people, but it is by no means 100% accurate. when i'm sleeping i do run another app: whitenoise (or any of the other apps that cater to helping you fall asleep with sounds). and clearly i'm not alone given the number of different apps that are made for this purpose and the large number of downloads for each of them.

    like some others have said, i understand that it isn't the developer's fault that other apps can't run in the background. so if/when apple allows it then i'll give a standalone alarm clock app a shot. until then, my priority will be an app that has more functionality (whitenoise) and just use apple's simple alarm clock to wake me up. which i do every night without a problem.
     
  13. vettori thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You are right ! And this gives me a suggestion: add a feature to let the user choose one or more songs from the iTunes library to fall asleep with, using a timer that turn them off. This way you get both functions in a single app :)
    Is this a nice idea ?

    Thank you !!
     

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