Do you like, or loath, the use of translucency, or "frosted glass" in iOS 7?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by ra4oasis, Jun 30, 2013.


Do you like, or loath, translucent/frosted glass use in iOS 7?

Poll closed Jul 21, 2013.
  1. Love

    115 vote(s)
  2. Loath

    35 vote(s)
  1. ra4oasis macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2010
    A lot has been made of the use of translucency, or the sort of frosted glass, that is used for the notification center, control center, and folders. Some, like myself, like it a lot. I think it allows the entire OS to kind of theme itself around the background of your choice. Others hate the look, compare it to Windows Vista, and say it seems old. What do you think?
  2. Visubversa macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2013
    I think its great. I am a huge fan, and hope it sticks around!
  3. Unhyper macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2010
    In general, I like it. I think the system looks better with it than without it.

    However, and this is a big however, sometimes when I am in a window where there is a lot of white space (and there are many of those), depending on my wallpaper or the kind of content that is in the background, the darker areas come through as smudgy-looking. A few times I've wiped over the screen, unsure of whether I was seeing the background content or just smudgy fingerprints. I could see this being a real turn-off for some users. It would be nice if we could adjust the opacity, but knowing Apple that's simply not going to happen.
  4. snowman1 macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2010
    I like the frosted look in general, but I prefer the darker frost (i.e. notification center) over the brighter/whiter frost (i.e. control center).
  5. Unhyper macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2010
    Yeah, the CC really looks like ****. It feels completely different from the rest of the system.
  6. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    this i would agree with. at times i do miss the plaid grey background from the previous iOS
  7. Appledict macrumors member


    Dec 17, 2012
    It's better than linen wall. I think. A lot better.
  8. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
  9. DaveOP macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2011
    Portland, OR
    That's the "abstain from clicking my mouse" option ;P
  10. ra4oasis thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2010
    I'm not sure which one I like better, light or dark. However, it would be nice if you could choose sort of a light or dark theme. Say you choose dark, all the frosted glass, control center, notification center, AND folders, would all have that dark glass look.
  11. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    It reminded me of Windows Vista right away.

    Except that Vista mostly only used translucency around the window borders, outside of content that you wanted to read.

    Apple won't do it, but it'd be nice if they offered one or more other theme sets.

    (Didn't vote, because I'm neutral about it.)

    Edit: I see that the OP also brought up themes while I was typing this.
  12. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA

    Point taken.:D
  13. notrack, Jun 30, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2013

    notrack macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2012
    Don't really like it, looks cluttery in control center. Would prefer a clean unicolour background or slight gradient. Wouldn't mind adaptive colour. Folders look aweful but rather because rounded corners instead going edge to edge.
  14. sexiewasd macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2012
    Back in Your Head
    I like it. Having the system wide interfaces stay out of the way as much as possible is classy. Ive has one really good point, the content is what matters, and having it show though the overlays emphasizes that point beautifully. It's like the system is butting into an app's UI, and instead of screaming "yo! You ordered some controls?" It's more with the attitude of "excuse me sir, here are the quick toggles that you've requested".
  15. Tysknaden macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2013
    Frosted glass and translucency are a little "Windows Vista".
    Could Coco Chanel have created a much better looking OS? - Surely!
  16. Gogurt48 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2013
    I voted that I love it, because I do, but with one caveat. I don't like it in the dock because it can take on an unflattering color depending on the wallpaper. I had to quit using my wood panel wallpaper because it made the dock a sickening salmon color.

    I would rather the dock be completely transparent, or perhaps just barely translucent.

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  17. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I don't like it at all. The opaqueness feels very distracting. I prefer the linen or other solid background for notification and control centers, and for folders, I wish it was like Infinifolder, which is a jailbreak tweak that just makes the wallpaper the folder background.
  18. seetheforest macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2010
    I generally dislike the idea. Not because it looks good or bad, but because the design space is no longer controlled by Apple. The OS can look drastically different, and downright bad, if the wrong wallpaper is chosen.

    I'd prefer the UI to be stable regardless of what wallpaper is chosen.
  19. bigchrisfgb macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2010
    It's good but the dock should be a full 'window' not just at the top.
  20. MisterDisney macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    It's okay. Would be nice if there was a slider to control the look.
  21. Jamesesesesess macrumors 6502a

    Nov 26, 2011
    I like translucency but I think it's overused in iOS 7, making it look cheap.
  22. monkeybagel macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2011
    United States
    I am on the fence with iOS 7. I tend to agree with the Windows Vista look (and performance). At this early stage, the performance is pretty bad on older devices, to the point where it is nearly unusable. Granted I am talking about the oldest devices it supports - iPhone 4 and iPad 2. As I used it and tested it, I actually missed the classic iPhone interface that we have all grown to love, and the responsiveness of it. I read so many complaints on here about the iPhone not having "widgets," etc., but I am very happy it does not and like it fine the way it is. It is the most stable platform that I have used and is reliable. I have no complaints the way it is.
  23. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    It reminds me of the look & feel of the makeup containers at any one of a number of women's cosmetic counters in SF & NY. One glance while passing by the various company's displays reminds me of the pastel colors & frosted containers with gold lids. Feminine & pretty.

    Apple has obviously chosen to appeal to at least half of their new customers with these muted, soft colors. It's not bad, just not something I find compelling nor exciting in a smartphone. Nonetheless Apple also knows they have the power & influence to sell anything as long as it has the fruity logo.

    I expect the iPhone 5S will be declared something short of the holy grail :)
  24. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA

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