When your iPhone app needs to perform a lengthy operation, so you do two things: (1) execute the operation on a separate thread, so that the UI doesn’t freeze (2) show a spinning icon or something animated to entertain the user while telling it that the app is actually doing something.

MBProgressHUD helps you for both requirements: it displays a translucent view with a progress indicator and some optional labels while work is being done in a background thread. The "HUD" is meant as a replacement for the undocumented, private UIKit UIProgressHUD with some additional features.

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