A Design Invented At Disney 80 Years Ago Is Heavily Featured In Apple's Redesigned iPhone Software

Steven Tweedie
Apple WWDC iOS7 layered homescreen calendar
Apple WWDC iOS7 layered homescreen calendar


Apple's new iOS 7 operating system implements something called "parallax."

This design feature allows you to "see through" the the drop-down notifications menu and glimpse the apps underneath.

Simply put, parallax in iOS 7 is what Apple is calling a group of layered planes that create a feeling of depth.

But Instapaper founder Marco Arment points out that Apple is really using a virtual version of the first parallax camera, invented by Walt Disney animator Ub Iwerks, back in 1933.

The animator's camera rig was used to create a 3D effect by using four glass planes stacked on top of each other, with a camera mounted above.

These multiple layers are virtually simulated by Apple, which marks Apple's move from a single-planed operating system to the depth-heavy multiplane in iOS 7.

You can check out what the original parallax camera looks like here.

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