During 2009, the UK Parliament celebrated the 150th anniversary of its world famous Clock Tower, Great Clock and Great Bell.
The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell. 1859 was the beginning for all three elements when the Clock Tower was completed, the Great Clock started on 31 May and the Great Bell’s chimes were heard for the first time on 11 July.
Have your iPhone (or iPod Touch) display the time of day in style.
adding a digital clock display
showing a seconds hand
having it make a tick-tock sound
having it chime every quarter of an hour and toll on the hour (the chiming and tolling sounds will play even when the app is not open, so long as your device is not muted and you allow notifications in the General Settings for Big Ben)
Pointless? Maybe. Decorative? Certainly.
NB Sounds will only play through earphones on 1st gen iPod Touch.
Thanks to all who left comments and suggestions for improvement. In particular to Dave, whose persistence finally motivated us to release this new version.
• Now works with iOS 9, while still supporting versions 7 and 8.
• Supports all four iPhone screen sizes: 4, 5, 6 and 6 plus.
• Supports 3D Touch home screen shortcuts on iPhone 6s and 6s plus to quickly toggle digital clock and chimes on/off.
• Improved support for VoiceOver accessibility.
• The movement of the minutes hand is now gradual.
No full screen iPad support yet, but it will come at a later date.
Ratings and Reviews
It would be brilliant if we could set the clock on and off by being able to select a time on and a time off, rather than using the notification to switch it on or off.
Love this app! Use it daily for all sorts, made a large scale model of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben with working clocks. I have the chimes going off through the model in sync with the clocks! Somethings that would be so awesome would be if perhaps you had a few more sky variations or edits, eg. At 6pm the background faded to a dusk one and maybe around 9pm it faded to the night background. Now the spotlights on the tower go off at midnight, would be amazing if you had them off at midnight as well! I'm overthinking as I know it's just a fun app but that would be very cool!
The best Big Ben app by far
Don't waste your time with other Big Ben apps. This is the one and only, the original, the best one of the lot. Now that the original one is going to go silent for four years this app is an absolute must have. Well done to its developers for sticking to the real thing!
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.