John Gruber’s Talk Show discussion with Dan Frommer about how to implement split screen on iOS got me thinking about how this feature could be implemented. A hint could be in how “Open In…” is currently handled. In the “Open In…” feature, apps register as being capable of handing certain types of files. Likewise, an app could register as being capable of split screen mode. Then, from within an app that has this enabled there would be an icon indicating split screen mode (or possibly another menu item in the share menu) that would bring up a grid of capable apps, again like in the “Open In…” feature. Tap on your choice, and the new app opens opposite the app you’re working in.
One can certainly imagine shortcomings in the approach, but perhaps it’s a start.
Dave Bowman: Hello, GOOGL. Do you read me, GOOGL?
GOOGL 9000: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.
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Dave: Alright, GOOGL. I’ll go in through the furnace room.
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…you have to label your sink to keep people from peeing in it.
Since I’ve been using iOS almost exclusively in my music making for the last few years (mostly with custom apps I’ve built using iRTcmix), it’s been exciting to witness the progress in the computing power of these devices. I’ve idly speculated about their power relative to their Mac predecessors, but I haven’t seen any direct comparisons. The current devices, while still limited compared to MacBooks, have started to feel a lot less computationally cramped. Considering I replaced my 2008 MacBook relatively recently, this comparison from John Gruber was encouraging:
To put that in context, the iPhone 5S beats my 2008 15-inch MacBook Pro by a small measure in the Sunspider benchmark (with the MacBook Pro running the latest Safari 6.1 beta). The iPhone 5S is, in some measures, computationally superior to the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro from just five years ago. In your fucking pocket.
And it looks like Gruber just about called it 5 years ago.
If a 2007 iPhone is loosely equivalent in terms of computing power to a 2000 PowerBook or 1999 Power Mac, that puts the spread at around seven or eight years. Extrapolate forward, and it’s therefore not at all unreasonable to think that a 2014 iPhone will pack the computing power of today’s MacBook Pro.
Why yes, I am tired of typing. Thanks for asking! On the other hand, and I mean this in the nicest possible way, fuck you.
Playing a game is a voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles.
– Bernard Suits