Although all our projects so far work on iPads, we haven’t really taken the time to stop and focus on it in any depth. Well, that changes in our new project because we’re going to be building an app that takes advantage of all the extra space iPads offer, and even takes advantage of the space offered by Max-sized iPhones in landscape orientation.
Even though Apple forked iOS into iPadOS in 2019, iPads and iPhones are almost identical in terms of their software. This means we can write code that works on both platforms at the same time, making only a handful of changes to really make the most of each environment.
When Steve Jobs launched the first iPad back in 2010 he said, “because we already shipped over 75 million iPhones, there are already 75 million users who know how to use the iPad.” This means users benefit from the similarity of the two platforms as well, because they instantly know how to use our apps on iPad thanks to existing usage on iPhone.
Although a custom user interface can look and feel great, never under-estimated the power of this built-in knowledge!
Today you have four topics to work through, in which you’ll learn about split view controllers, binding an alert to an optional, and using groups for flexible layout.
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