In iOS 7 a new view is shown in several places that is transparent and has a blur on it. Sadly Apple hasn't given us a proper API to use a similar view.

Apple gave us some sample code at WWDC that can take an UIImage and add blur to it. It looks great, but isn't as cool as a view that adds blur to the views behind it in realtime.

So after 3 and a half cups of coffee I came up with a brilliant and simple idea. It does, however, only work for iOS 7.

It seems Apple are rejecting Apps that use this code, so use with caution. Read more in this issue:



How is it done?

It's a real simple solution. I simply took a UIToolbar, stole its layer and added it to my view.

Awesome! So, how do I use it?

Simply copy the class AMBlurView to your project, initialise it, set a frame and add it to your view. Voila!

AMBlurView *blurView = [AMBlurView new];
[blurView setFrame:CGRectMake(0.0f,0.0f,100.0f,100.0f)];
[self.view addSubview:blurView];


iOS-blur is released under the WTFPL-license (see the LICENSE file)