Another concept is hot off the press from human interface designer Sentry_NC
, the designer of Auxo
, Sunday afternoon. The concept is actually another type of App Switcher, this time splitting the screen in half and displaying verically, rather than appearing at the bottom of the display in a horizontal way like Auxo does.
The way the concept works is interesting. The user places their finger on the touch screen right above the home button, and slides up, similarly to how the user would when using Zephyr. Then, the application the user is in splits in half, and reveals a column of applications that are suspended in the device’s memory over a classic, Apple-esque linen background.
The really interesting part about the concept is that as the user swipes up and down between applications in the switcher, the part of the display that was split in half actually updates in real time to show the content of that application. The user does this by dragging their finger up and down the column over each application, and the selected application icon will appear lit up, while the deselected application icons appear dim to demonstrate the lack of focus.
At the top and bottom of the vertical-style App Switcher are arrow buttons, and a close button. The close button lets the user close the App Switcher, while the arrow buttons let the user scroll through all of the applications suspended in the device’s memory.
While in the vertical switcher, the user can swipe to the right to reveal toggles, which look a lot like the toggles in Auxo. The user can also swipe to the left to review vertical music controls, including album art in the center, a volume slider on the top, and a brightness slider on the bottom.
A full video demonstration of the concept can be seen below:
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One thing we might be concerned about with this type of App Switcher implementation is whether or not it will play nicely with certain applications, especially with keyboards. Zephyr, another jailbreak tweak that performs an action by swiping up from the bottom of the display, actually had to come with “keyboard disables” and “disable in certain apps” features to let the user circumvent possible bugs. Something like this might be required in an App Switcher implementation like this.
According to the creator, the concept is just an “experiment, not a product” at this point in time, so we’re unsure if the concept will actually become a jailbreak tweak in the future. Regardless, the concept looks like the creator put a lot of time and energy into it, and it would sure make a really interesting change for iOS if it were ever made.