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Hidden AVFoundation Gem

I've probably written aspect ratio code a hundred times. Each time I approach the topic, I write a quick and dirty implementation, get it wrong, debug it with pencil & paper, and then fix my mistake.

Since this is something I need sparingly, I figure it's not worth pulling in a library, or trying to find a reference implementation.

A couple years ago I came across AVMakeRect, which is a built-in function to do exactly that!

Usage is simple:

let screenRect = CGRect(x: 0, y: 0, width: 1024, height: 768)
let aspectRatio = CGSize(width: 16, height: 9)
AVMakeRect(aspectRatio: aspectRatio, insideRect: screenRect)

This returns to you the largest rect that fits inside the specified rect, while constraining the rect to the aspect ratio. Extra super bonus points: It even centers the rect for you.

You can find the docs here.

Cheers to the engineer who added this. 🍻