Apple reportedly looking into 3D iOS UI elements based on ambient light

Apple logoA future version of Apple's iOS could employ unique graphical user interface features that use input from a mobile device's ambient light sensor to cast shadows on app icons thus creating the illusion of a three-dimensional workspace.

The report from Buzzfeed (via The Next Web) notes that an unnamed Apple employee said upcoming iOS iterations could use the interesting trick to bring a higher level of realism and interactivity to the company's mobile operating system.

According to the source, the UI component will drop drop shadows under certain graphical assets in accordance with light detected by the phone's ambient light sensor. While this sounds intriguing, current iDevices are unlikely candidates for the technology as the sensor being used only detects incidental light, not directional. A possible workaround could be a combination of gyroscope, accelerometer and ambient light sensor, though the energy cost spent on crunching the sensors' data may outweigh the benefit of having an interactive UI.

There are many possibilities to bring the idea into reality, including specialized filters and entirely new sensors, though at this point there is no concrete evidence the feature is coming anytime soon.

The notion is just one of many small tweaks and minute details seen in the evolution of Apple's software. For example, some OS X applications feature text from the iconic "To the crazy ones" commercial that only eagle-eyed users would spot. The company's attention to detail is also found in iOS apps like Maps which shows a stylized aerial view of Apple's Cupertino campus.

Apple's attention to detail can be seen in an upcoming iOS 6 design element that uses an iDevice's gyroscope to change the perceived reflections on the Music app's radio buttons according to how the handset is being held.

Source: AppleInsider

Tags: Apple, iOS, OSes

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Christine#10 0
well i kinda had that problem with 7. its mnaily because the computer you have wasnt made to work with windows 7, but it can be fixed. they will probebly be an update when mainstream windows 7 comes out for it, instead of just the rc version, but make sure that when you upgraded you still have all the right drivers. the windows 7 rc that i have uses vista drivers, so you can just go to your computer manufactures website and then somewhere under support there will be a driver download section. every computer company has this. you do have a prerelease version of 7 for a computer made for an older one, so you cant expect everything to go perfectly although on mine thats the only kind of problem ive had (my webcam and mic dont work either)ABOUT THE MAC ANSWER:as far as the mac's go, thats one of the only things they have going for them. microsoft doesnt make the computers themselves so of course theres gonna be some compatibilty issues, whereas mac knows exactly what the computer has in it and has non of those errors. HOWEVER macs dont let you do what you want, are incompatible with everything (microsoft office and windows work but not very well, the only non mac program that acutally works on a mac that ive heard of is photoshop and firefox) and make you pay for everything. they are not actually that user friendly once youve used one, youll know about the whole command prompt thing that only nerds (like me) can really understand to install stuff, its a mess. just had to defend windows there. i hate people who give say windows sucks for reasons that arnt window's fault. if its actually windows's problem, then idc (like when vista first came out it was glitchy but not anymore, it was fixed fast)

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