Are transparent displays dumb or brilliant

02.02.2013, von Mike Elgan

A hit the Google+ "What's Hot" list this week. One day later, a hit the list as well. (I posted the second one.)

The "What's Hot" list is Google's ongoing popularity contest for posts on Google+. The clear-screen iPhone and iPad posts inspired a lot of talk about whether such displays are feasible and, if so, desirable.

The general consensus: "Cool! I want one!"

Transparent-display iPhones and clear iPads don't exist, of course, nor have they been announced or even hinted at by Apple.

The pictures are "design fiction" -- drawings and videos created with the help of software to create the illusion of reality.

It's clear that transparent displays are bad for mobile