Native Support for iPad and Landscape

February 27, 2015 by

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. When we announced Vesper Sync back in June, we also announced that our next focus was on Vesper for Mac.

Trust me, nobody wants to see Vesper for Mac more than we do, and we remain hard at work on it, along with a few other interesting projects. But plans need to adapt to the environment, and with iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the environment for Vesper changed.

Until today, Vesper has been an iPhone-only app. No matter what else we want to be working on, it’s important that Vesper remain an excellent iPhone app. That meant adding proper support for the new display sizes of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which we shipped in version 2.004 back in September.

Here’s the thing. When the iPad came out in 2010, creating a universal iOS app that natively supported both iPhone and iPad was, broadly, much like creating two versions of your app’s interface. With iOS 8’s new features for supporting different screen sizes and orientations, that’s not really true any more. It’s now more like creating one interface that adapts to different display sizes. The work that we did to support the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus left Vesper fairly close to being able to natively support the iPad — and to support landscape orientation on all devices. (iPhone 6 and iPad display size support are so similar in iOS 8 that back in September, our friend Marco Arment shipped an “accidental” iPad app.)

Now that Vesper supports all iOS device layouts, we’re raising the regular price for the app to $9.99. With fast, reliable, unlimited sync, we think that’s a great value. But for a limited time, we’re making this version available for just $7.99. And it’s a free update for everyone who’s already purchased any previous version of Vesper, all the way back to 1.0.

Stay tuned for more.