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Traverse
Sep 21, 2013, 03:41 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm just nosy, but how many of you decided to "Reduce Motion" and turn of the parallax in iOS 7?

Either because it caused heat, used battery, or just distracted you...etc.

cambookpro
Sep 21, 2013, 03:42 PM
Nope, I find it really cool so it's still on here.

Tubamajuba
Sep 21, 2013, 03:43 PM
I turned it off. I didn't mind it, but I just prefer a static screen.

SandboxGeneral
Sep 21, 2013, 03:46 PM
Yep. Seems a bit gimmicky to me and a potential source of battery drain. It looks neat and all, but I don't see it as useful.

Doublea6
Sep 21, 2013, 04:00 PM
I turned it off cause I can hardly notice it. I've also heard it doesn't use extra battery because the gyroscope are always on anyway.

Neebee
Sep 21, 2013, 04:03 PM
Umm. What's parallax?

adamgbiggs
Sep 21, 2013, 04:07 PM
Mines been off since beta 2, it's just distracting as hell to me.

Adam.

Traverse
Sep 21, 2013, 04:10 PM
Umm. What's parallax?

I don't know if you're being sarcastic or not, but it's the pseudo 3D effect whenyou move your phone around.

ffnc1020
Sep 21, 2013, 04:10 PM
Turned off.

Can't even notice it when it's on, and I'm kind worry about the battery drain; although it seems that the time you spend on home screen and lock screen is rather minimal, I just like a static motionless screen.

JayCee842
Sep 21, 2013, 04:13 PM
Nope, I find it really neat!

ali.mofadal
Sep 21, 2013, 04:19 PM
Turned off.

Can't even notice it when it's on, and I'm kind worry about the battery drain; although it seems that the time you spend on home screen and lock screen is rather minimal, I just like a static motionless screen.


Same here, I can't see the difference when it's on and off so I just turned it off, my phone is already two years old and I don't want it to die faster.

zbarvian
Sep 21, 2013, 04:21 PM
Yeah it's a potentially battery-draining gimmick that only distracts me. Sad to think how much time some poor Apple developers spent trying to get it up to snuff.

WeegieMac
Sep 21, 2013, 04:30 PM
You can't turn it "off" you can only choose to see the effect or not, but the work is done by the system to compute the parallax effect regardless.

I was told this by an iOS Developer who said that the parallax is always computed in the background, and it explains why wallpapers take so long to apply even on newer devices, as the parallax is being computed and applied to your image so that if you choose to "Reduce Motion" it can be reenabled at will with no delay.

So, that's why I leave it on. The device is already doing the work for parallax, you can only choose to see the effect or not and instantly enable/disable it, but in the end if the device has done the work and is using resources regardless, I may as well keep it enabled.

If you could truly turn it "off" there would be a substantial delay in turning it on/off ... you are merely choosing to see or not to see what the device has already pre-computed.

faxao
Sep 21, 2013, 04:44 PM
It makes me sick....I turned it off regardless battery drain theories :rolleyes:

Aniseedvan
Sep 21, 2013, 05:01 PM
Turned it off, I found it distracting!

Kissaragi
Sep 21, 2013, 05:04 PM
I was surprised how subtle it was actually so I turned it off because i didn't feel it really added anything.

The slight lag between moving and the parallax effect ruined the effect a bit too. I assume the 5s doesn't suffer from that with its motion processor.

apolloa
Sep 21, 2013, 05:14 PM
Absolutely I turned it off, I have an iPhone 5 so ANY way I can increase battery life under iOS7 is a given.

WeegieMac
Sep 21, 2013, 05:15 PM
I was surprised how subtle it was actually so I turned it off because i didn't feel it really added anything.

The slight lag between moving and the parallax effect ruined the effect a bit too. I assume the 5s doesn't suffer from that with its motion processor.

No lag on my iPad 4 or iPhone 4s.

I tilt the device, it responds instantly and I see behind the icons.

Z3man
Sep 21, 2013, 05:17 PM
No vote from me because i can't even work out what your talking about, tried it on and off and can't see any difference, but then again i am not sure what i am looking for, does this not effect the 4S or something.

WeegieMac
Sep 21, 2013, 05:19 PM
No vote from me because i can't even work out what your talking about, tried it on and off and can't see any difference, but then again i am not sure what i am looking for, does this not effect the 4S or something.

Set the space wallpaper (default) and enable motion. Tilt the device from left to right and up/down and focus on some of the stars between icons. You will be able to see "behind" the icons and notice details that were obscured before you titled the device.

And yes it works on 4s.

ChristianJapan
Sep 21, 2013, 05:25 PM
Right now I keep it; it's new, it's a bit fancy and a good git to the airplane I use as background. Might switch off later in some weeks.

Z3man
Sep 21, 2013, 05:27 PM
Set the space wallpaper (default) and enable motion. Tilt the device from left to right and up/down and focus on some of the stars between icons. You will be able to see "behind" the icons and notice details that were obscured before you titled the device.

And yes it works on 4s.

When you say space wallpaper do you mean one of the dynamic ones with the circles on, if so i have tried that and still cant see any difference, everything just looks normal too me.

valypan
Sep 21, 2013, 05:31 PM
NEVER! I love it so itīs definitely always on :) I love seeing the icons float over the background and it always surprises me when I lay the phone down or tilt it :)

WeegieMac
Sep 21, 2013, 05:32 PM
When you say space wallpaper do you mean one of the dynamic ones with the circles on, if so i have tried that and still cant see any difference, everything just looks normal too me.

No, the space one is the ... space one, the default wallpaper. A blueish nebula.

The circles is dynamic and also responds. Turn your device on its side (hold it in landscape mode) and watch the circles drift to the bottom of screen (remember you're in landscape mode). Tilt the device around and the circles will drift from the (now) top to the (now) bottom.

terrywfoster
Sep 21, 2013, 05:32 PM
Off. It's useless.

valypan
Sep 21, 2013, 05:33 PM
When you say space wallpaper do you mean one of the dynamic ones with the circles on, if so i have tried that and still cant see any difference, everything just looks normal too me.

It definitely all works on iPhone 4S. I can see both the dynamic wallpaper (set on lock screen here) and the parallax effect on the home screen. When you select the dynamic wallpapers, donīt you see the bubbles move about on the screen? Also make sure you have reduce motion turned off under the accessibility settings

Kissaragi
Sep 21, 2013, 05:35 PM
No lag on my iPad 4 or iPhone 4s.

I tilt the device, it responds instantly and I see behind the icons.

I certainly don't dislike parallax, it just didn't really add anything for me personally.

Im on an iPhone 5. the "lag" is extremely small, just a fraction of a second, but it makes it feel less natural for me.

Maybe its that I was expecting the effect to be much more pronounced than it is so I'm expecting things to move further and faster than they are.

Casiotone
Sep 21, 2013, 05:36 PM
I can confirm after doing tests with Xcode's Instruments that the parallax effects only uses the CPU/GPU in the home screen or when a system alert is visible.

What percentage of the time do you spend on your iOS device staring at your home screen or a system dialog? Probably a very small percentage...

So the parallax feature in itself shouldn't significantly contribute to battery usage.

It's possible though, that there's a bug in some iOS 7.0 installations that makes the parallax effect always use CPU even though it should not.

On my 4S I left just about everything on, including parallax and background updates, and I'm getting better battery life than on 6.0. I can almost go 2 days without a charge, and I installed the GM on the 10th.

Z3man
Sep 21, 2013, 05:48 PM
No, the space one is the ... space one, the default wallpaper. A blueish nebula.

The circles is dynamic and also responds. Turn your device on its side (hold it in landscape mode) and watch the circles drift to the bottom of screen (remember you're in landscape mode). Tilt the device around and the circles will drift from the (now) top to the (now) bottom.

Thanks for your help, got it now.

I have found the space one as well, i hadn't even noticed the effect as i have been using the dark grey speckled wallpaper and it doesn't show up very well on that one, it's a lot more noticeable on the space wallpaper. Think i might as well leave it turned on as i hadn't even noticed it anyway.

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It definitely all works on iPhone 4S. I can see both the dynamic wallpaper (set on lock screen here) and the parallax effect on the home screen. When you select the dynamic wallpapers, donīt you see the bubbles move about on the screen? Also make sure you have reduce motion turned off under the accessibility settings

Thanks sorted now.

darngooddesign
Sep 21, 2013, 05:48 PM
I can confirm after doing tests with Xcode's Instruments that the parallax effects only uses the CPU/GPU in the home screen or when a system alert .

It's also on the lock screen.

I have it on because I like it.

anyjungleinguy
Sep 21, 2013, 05:53 PM
I haven't noticed any difference in battery by having it off, so I keep it on.

It's also present when you view your open tabs in Safari; you can tilt to see a little more of each web page.

darngooddesign
Sep 21, 2013, 05:58 PM
It's also present when you view your open tabs in Safari; you can tilt to see a little more of each web page.

Cool. I hadn't noticed that. I dig it.

typeadam
Sep 21, 2013, 05:59 PM
Yes. Love looking at it but I get bored w/ gimmicky stuff really easily so I rather just have a static display..

Casiotone
Sep 21, 2013, 06:05 PM
It's also on the lock screen.

I have it on because I like it.

Yeah of course also the lock screen. Still, it should normally represent only a small percent of your global usage and shouldn't make a big difference in battery life.

Essentially, parallax is used only for things that you use only for a few seconds at a time.

gr8tfly
Sep 21, 2013, 06:19 PM
I disabled it so I don't have to go find a more loosely cropped version of my wallpaper. Because of the way parallax effect works*, it will crop your image, in some cases chopping off important parts (in my case, text was truncated on the right and left sides).

*It pre-renders the outer edges an image so it can slide it around the display to simulate a parallax shift.

libertysat
Sep 21, 2013, 07:11 PM
I like the effect

I have a picture of a wall someone made from large different naturally colored river rocks to create a scene with 2 large lizards (we are in the Arizona desert)

Lots of texture
The parallax effect is a subtle & interesting twist that I enjoy for a few moments now and then

NewbieCanada
Sep 21, 2013, 07:11 PM
I don't want to turn it off, but for the life of me I can't find where to do it anyway!

asleep
Sep 21, 2013, 07:14 PM
I don't want to turn it off, but for the life of me I can't find where to do it anyway!

Setting/General/Accessibility/Reduce Motion "On"

Techwing
Sep 21, 2013, 07:17 PM
Reduce motion in accessibility options turns it off. I have a plsin dark-gray background for my home screen and I turned it off.

Max(IT)
Sep 21, 2013, 07:21 PM
Battery drain is negligible so I leave it on, like almost every new feature of iOS 7

NewbieCanada
Sep 21, 2013, 07:58 PM
Setting/General/Accessibility/Reduce Motion "On"

Thanks - it would have never occurred to me to look for it there. I'd have put it in the Brightness and Wallpapers.

canucksfan88
Sep 21, 2013, 07:59 PM
i have had it turned off since beta 1. no need for it.

WhackyNinja
Sep 21, 2013, 08:23 PM
Yeah I turned it off.

Neat feature but it takes up to much battery.

Failurbydesign
Sep 21, 2013, 08:25 PM
Yeah I turned it off.

Neat feature but it takes up to much battery.

Agree with you, but yeah it's off

bchery21
Sep 21, 2013, 08:32 PM
I turn it off simply because it zooms in the pictures I want to set for my lock screen. Otherwise I'd keep it on.

dmrowley
Sep 21, 2013, 08:39 PM
As others have said, useless and a potential battery drain. Turned off.

Macman45
Sep 21, 2013, 08:41 PM
I had it on for a day, but found that with prolonged usage it makes me dizzy so I turned it off...It may be slower on a 5 than it will be on my 5S so I will give it another shot when my new phone comes. I also use static wallpapers as the dynamic ones distract me.

Lerxt
Sep 21, 2013, 08:47 PM
It's fluff. I have it off. Can we turn off animations as well?

AppleMacDudeG4
Sep 21, 2013, 09:43 PM
I turned it off since I have a photo on the background that does not work well with the parallax affect. In addition, I remember reading that looking at 3-D movies give people headaches if they watch movies for too long since the brain is not used to working this way. I figured the parallax will work out the same way.

adder7712
Sep 21, 2013, 09:51 PM
Not that much of a detractor on the iPad.

Probably because it's rather massive compared to the iPhone and thus less prone in moving it about.

iAmirul
Sep 21, 2013, 10:02 PM
I turned it off on my phone and ipad.. Its a battery eater and it ruins my awesome wallpaper