Will Mac's have Parallax in the future?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by thisnottre, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. thisnottre macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2013
    Parallax is not included in os x mavericks.. do you think they will add it later?
  2. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    No... you dont move your mac like you move a phone or tablet. The mac usually sits on a desk, so paralax would be pointless as you wont see a difference really. Its not really a feature for a laptop
  3. pmontanarella macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    Macs, at least for now, don't have Accellerometers or Gyros which are needed for Parallax to work (to change because of movements)

    I don't see Parallax coming anytime soon to OS X.

  4. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Do you hold your iMac out in your hands while you are using it so that it has motion to sense and be based on?
  5. dsdevries, Jul 17, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2013

    dsdevries macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2009
    You don't need a gyro or any kind of motion sensors to enable parallex on your mac. You need just a system that keeps track of your eyes. Others have done this before using a MS Kinect or Nintendo Wii. So maybe it will come to the mac as apple has shown interests in the firm that makes these.

    To be honest, the way this is implemented in io 7 look pretty fake because it does not track your eyes
  6. z2daj macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2011
    Worcester, MA
    Actually, Macbooks have had accelerometers in the past in order to limit damage to data stored on HDDs due to sudden stops. I think it was labeled as a "Sudden Motion Sensor" or something like that... The "Newton Virus" took advantage of this sensor in a really cool way.

    That being said, the newer retina models don't include accelerometers because they use SSDs instead... but I had to chime in. :)

    I do agree though, a desktop UI that has Parallax baked into its core would get really tiresome... imagine reading an email or a long article in which several planes of content are constantly shifting around...
  7. Ddyracer macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2009
    Live wallpaper please. Its already possible via terminal but it just needs to work without running in terminal.
  8. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    It would be technically possible to do by tracking your head position with the camera, but thats kind of feature is a horrible idea for a desktop/laptop computer. It's niche are small, individual devices. I am sure that Apple's designers aren't as incompetent to bring it to the desktop OS ;)
  9. fivedots macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2011
    I feel like invoking parallax by tracking my eyes and without the device itself moving would likely induce vomiting on my part.
  10. SirithX macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2007
    San Francisco
    The eye-tracking parallax would be cool. More simply, a more Android-ish parallax effect when scrolling between desktops would be cool, I suppose we can already do that by slightly offsetting the same wallpaper for each desktop though.
  11. MarcBook, Jul 19, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 21, 2013

    MarcBook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    United Kingdom
    On topic, I strongly doubt that Macs will get a parallax effect in their GUI in the near future, considering that they do not normally move in their designed-for environments (i.e. sat on a desk).
  12. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    No but people do hold their MBAs and MBPs in their hands ;)

    I've seen a number of people walking around in my office with a laptop on their arm as they type.
  13. pmz macrumors 68000

    Nov 18, 2009
    So for that circumstance, they should add parallax effect?

    I was thinking too, when adjusting the angle of a MB screen, this would affect the parallax movement, if the sensor was in the display. But that would be exceptionally annoying, that my wallpaper would be cut off on the top or bottom based just on movement.

    This is one of those things that makes sense on iOS and not OS X. One of thousands of things.
  14. nc57, Aug 29, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2013

    nc57 macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2013
    It would be neat if they made the wallpaper shift slightly when using the trackpad to swipe between desktops. The Yahoo weather app currently does this with its pictures while swiping between locations. This wouldn't require a gyroscope and would add a nice sense of depth to the screen.

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