Why do you think Apple made the screen moving parallax effect in the iPhone 5s/iOS 7?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by user-name-here, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. user-name-here macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    I'm not complaining much as it's a cool trick to show at parties, but is that really the only reason Apple created the parallax effect? :confused:

    It's not like it helps you read better if you have your phone sideways.

    Any ideas besides a party trick to show off?
  2. Irock619 macrumors 68000


    Sep 16, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    Not sure but if you don't like it you can turn it off in settings.
  3. user-name-here thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    Yeah, I saw this article on how to turn it off, which is what reminded me of it and spurred me to ask the question.

    I'm just not used to Apple making party tricks into their software. Usually they just make things that either have a purpose and don't mess with fluff. The closest thing I can think of is the rubber band effect, but at least that has a purpose to let the user know they have hit the end of the scrollable space. I can't think of any actual purpose to the parallax effect though :confused:
  4. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    I would bet they did this for future gaming on the device. Will give games more depth perception.
  5. Vctr macrumors regular

    May 24, 2012
    Its a cool little flourish that differentiates the look and feel of the operating system more. It really has no utility behind it.
  6. mzd macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2005
    Apple said it is there to give you a real sense of layers and depth to your interface. with the retina display clarity, they could do away with drop shadows and other visual tricks to simulate depth. they can have the system font be very thin, yet still readable, and now crisp without the drop shadows. part of the minimalist thing.
    i'd say the precursor was changing the highlight of the slider controls when you tilt your phone with iOS6.
  7. user-name-here thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013

    That's exactly the drop of knowledge I was after.

    Thanks mzd :)

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