An iOS designer is building an iPhone application that will transform the cell phone into an iPod Classic with its nostalgic click wheel. Elvin Hu, a design student at Cooper Union school in New York City, has been working on the project since October and shared an early take a gander at the application on Twitter yesterday. It basically transforms their iPhone into a fullscreen iPod Classic with a click wheel that incorporates haptic feedback and clicks sounds simply like Apple’s original gadget.
It has created a great deal of interest on Twitter, with even the “father of the iPod,” Tony Fadell, noticing it’s a “nice throwback.” Hu assembled the app because he was working on a paper about the improvement of the iPod at school. “I’ve always been a fan of Apple products since I was a kid,” revealed Hu in an email to The Verge. “Before my family could afford one, I would draw the UI layout of the iPhone on lids of Ferrero Rocher boxes. Their products (among other products, such as Windows Vista and Zune HD) have greatly influenced my decision of pursuing design as a career.”
Regardless of whether everyone will ever get the opportunity to play with it ourselves will to a great extent rely upon Apple, however. “I’ve been working on this project since October and whether I can release it or not does depend on whether Apple approves it,” admitted Hu. “I believe they have legitimate reasons not to (patents and other reasons).”
The application additionally incorporates Apple’s old Cover Flow feature, a 3D graphical interface that allows people to scroll and flip through album and melody work of art to select tracks. Hu has incorporated this with the section above the click wheel, and it additionally works in landscape mode.
In the event that Apple blocks the release, which is likely, at that point Hu may “release it as an open-source project after seeing the response from the community.” The application is still being developed, and Hu is expecting to finish it before the finish of December, studies allowing. On the off chance that Apple isn’t happy with the application, everyone can only hope that somebody on the iOS group has a heart loaded with nostalgia and includes this as a definitive Easter egg for Apple Music and iPod fans.
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