New iPhone 6s pressure technology sparks an idea for a digital scale app.
Apple announced the iPhone 6s with new pressure sensitive hardware, and that got one developer thinking about creating an app that could turn the iPhone 6s into a digital scale.
Ryan McLoed and a few friends took on the challenge, a process that McLoed documents in a recent Medium post.
“We need to build a barebones testing app to hit the ground running and we need to come up with a way to weigh objects without touching the screen. Without that, we’ll be dead in the water,” McLoed writes.
In order to make use of the iPhone 6s pressure technology for scale purposes, the group needed to find an object that “was conductive, had finger-like capacitance, formed a single finger-like touch point, was a household item, and could hold items to be weighed….. A spoon was the perfect solution we had been looking for,” McLoed explains.
The group finished the app in less than four days, McLoed says. After that, all they had to do was test the onboarding, organize marketing materials, build a little website, plan a release strategy and submit the proposed app to Apple.
Alas, Apple rejects the scale app
“To make a long story short, the final answer over the phone was that the concept of a scale app was not appropriate for the App Store,” McLoed says.
There could be a number of reasons for this, including the possibility that a scale app could cause damage to the phone, or perhaps the association between drugs and digital scales, which the spoon doesn’t help, doesn’t conform to Apple’s “moral and ethical” operating policy.
Either way, McLoed says he hopes the Gravity app will one day be allowed in the app store.