• Your favorite

    Apple

    ,

    iPhone

    ,

    iPad

    ,

    iOS

    ,
    Jailbreak
    , and
    Cydia
    site.
  • 'OS Experience' Brings a True Desktop-class Multitasking System to the iPad


    A recently-released jailbreak tweak called OS Experience by iOS developer Evan Swick has been released in Cydia that brings desktop-class multitasking to iOS 7 on the iPad. It doesn't matter if you're using an iPad Air, iPad Mini, or other variation of an iPad, as long as you're running iOS 7, you can download OS Experience.

    A lot of OS Experience seems to adopt features from Mission Control in Mac OS X. It shows this through the interface, which brings the ability to have multiple desktops at the top with previews and applications that you can drag from desktop to desktop. OS Experience works in both landscape mode and portrait mode, as shown above.

    From the Mission Control-like interface, you can move from desktop to desktop, or from desktop to application by swiping left and right on the display with four fingers. You can also drag any open applications to any of your open desktops. You can also tap and hold on any of the little previews at the top of the interface to bring up a close button that you can tap to close the application or desktop:



    When an application is in full-screen mode, you can swipe up with four fingers to open the Mission Control-like interface. When an application is in full-screen mode, you can also swipe down with four fingers to bring up a bar that shows the name of the application, a close button, and a minimize/maximize button. Tapping on the minimize button will minimize the application so that you can have multiple windows open each window having a different application:



    You can drag the windows anywhere you want them to be on the display by tapping and dragging from the bar at the top of the window. If you drag a window to the edge of the display, it will snap, similarly to how it would if you were using Windows 7. This is great for running side-by-side apps (you can use them both at the same time):



    If you want to hide the dock for additional canvas space, you can swipe down on it with four fingers:



    By tapping and holding on the close button, instead of just tapping on it, you will get the option to run the application in iPhone mode:



    iPhone mode works with some applications, but not all. It won't run as expected with every application, so use this feature at your own risk. In this case, we're using the App Store in iPhone mode:



    When you press the Home Button, or you pinch the display with four fingers, you are brought to the Home Screen, which now blurs your wallpaper to make it feel more like Launchpad on Mac OS X:



    Tapping on applications from here will open them, and you can manage them from the Mission Control-like interface we showed you earlier, either by switching between open applications, moving them to new desktops to run in minimized mode side-by-side, or closing them.

    OS Experience adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can enable or disable the tweak on demand, enable or disable live application previews, and adjust the application transition speed:



    Through our testing with OS Experience, what we can say is that it takes a lot of getting used to, switching from the way iOS normally handles applications to this new multitasking system; the learning curve is pretty large, so we can't stress that enough. On the other hand, it makes for the possibility of very productive multitasking with efficient use of resources if used correctly.

    We did notice that if you have too many applications open, it will bog down the hardware pretty bad, even on the latest A7 hardware. This is most likely due to the fact that the tweak was using live previews, but it's worth noting that you will want to be light on your usage for the best performance. You can also disable the live previews in the Settings application's preferences pane if performance is an issue.

    OS Experience doesn't come cheap; it's available right now in Cydia's BigBoss repository for $9.99. If you're serious about your multitasking, then we'd suggest you give it a shot. It's very well implemented and seems to be quite usable. The tweak does require an iPad, and it does require iOS 7 to be installed.

    Name: OS Experience
    Price: $9.99
    Version: 1.0.0-8
    Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.6, iPad
    Tested on: iPad Mini with retina display running iOS 7.0.6
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Evan Swick
    Editor's Rating:  5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'OS Experience' Brings a True Desktop-class Multitasking System to the iPad started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. JoeStorm's Avatar
      JoeStorm -
      It's too expensive for me. I'm sure it is fairly priced for someone who needs it, but I really don't see much of a purpose for it. And $10 is too much for me to purchase "just to buy."

      I had an earlier program that did just about the same thing on the iPad and I never used it.
    1. Fimeg's Avatar
      Fimeg -
      I really like the program... except for one small thing. It's a bias, but since I'm so used to the iOS, I wish there were apps on the desktop. I think I understand the reasoning behind not placing them there, but to see a blank desktop with either no apps, or just the dock feels like wasted space. It is exactly how my rMBP is set up, but this is an iPad. I'm hoping for a toggle later on that allows us to have the icons on the blank desktop, as well as the pinching gesture that enables launchpad while on apps.

      Really though, it's much better implemented than the other window managing app that was around for iOS 6.
    1. kbcox0327's Avatar
      kbcox0327 -
      OS Experience is completely broken. It's stuck on lockscreen for several minutes & then crashes into safemode. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!
    1. Aenima133's Avatar
      Aenima133 -
      Yeah I guess it goes with out saying. This is only for those with the latest gen iPads with the A7 chip. 32-bit iPads aren't going to cut it. Do not buy if you don't have the latest generation iPads.
    1. smitty's Avatar
      smitty -
      Quote Originally Posted by kbcox0327 View Post
      OS Experience is completely broken. It's stuck on lockscreen for several minutes & then crashes into safemode. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!
      must be your iPad.. works great here.. although I do see a little sluggishness when having several memory/processor intensive apps open.. it does take some getting used to, and I would agree with having more options to turn certain functions on/off, but overall it's a pretty impressive take on bridging the gap betwee OS X and iOS.. cent wait for future updates and features!!
    1. scottsimon1979's Avatar
      scottsimon1979 -
      Quote Originally Posted by smitty View Post
      must be your iPad.. works great here.. although I do see a little sluggishness when having several memory/processor intensive apps open.. it does take some getting used to, and I would agree with having more options to turn certain functions on/off, but overall it's a pretty impressive take on bridging the gap betwee OS X and iOS.. cent wait for future updates and features!!
      I had the same issue as described above. I contacted the developer by email (Side note: He's extremely responsive and very cool) and after sending him my crash logs - he immediately identified the issue as a conflict with Springtomize. He is working on a fix for this and other reported issues as we speak. Don't be so quick to trash it - if you purchase any software on day one - expect bugs - and be willing to help the developer fix them! It makes all our lives better!
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Pathetic that Apple doesn't have windowing on iPad.
    1. Gervs's Avatar
      Gervs -
      Quote Originally Posted by JoeStorm View Post
      I had an earlier program that did just about the same thing on the iPad and I never used it.
      That tweak was probably "Quasar" and only works on iOS 5.x.x. I used to love that tweak, the ability to be watching something on YouTube whilst browsing the web and checking emails etc and all windows were simultaneously responsive (scroll or interact with numerous at the same time using multi touch better than desktop interaction if u ask me) The final version (the one that's still on cydia) was bug free, unless I'm remembering through rose-tinted spectacles. The only YouTube vid of it is an early version that had some issues that I remember got fixed. The vid on its cydia page shows the final version I think.

      If "OS experience" can make it to that "bug free" level, I'm sold but judging by the some of the comments on here it's a long road ahead. I wish there was a free demo or perhaps a trial period. As $10 is a lot to gamble on something that could get abandoned by the dev any time they decide.