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  • "Expose-like" Multitasking in iPhone 4.0?


    The wait for stock iPhones to be able to do what jailbroken phones have been able to do for a long time may be drawing to a close. AppleInsider is again reporting that iPhone OS 4.0 will enable all apps to take advantage of the multitasking that is already available to native apps like iPod and Mail, among others. Previous leaks had divulged that Apple was indeed working on multitasking, but without discussing the specific way it would be implemented in the user interface. Now, a source is telling AppleInsider that iPhone 4.0's app-switching "will resemble Apple's desktop Exposť feature."

    Earlier this month, "people with a proven track record in predicting Apple's technological advances" were reporting that Apple had come up with a "full-on solution" to multitasking on the iPhone OS. Now, according to "people familiar with Apple's plans for the new firmware," hitting the Home button twice will bring up an" Exposť-like interface" displaying icons that represent the currently running apps. You tap the icon for the app you want to switch to, and the task manager zooms out, taking you to the new app.

    It's not clear why it's called "Exposť-like," though: Exposť on Mac OS shows "thumbnail" minimized views of the actual running apps, not their icons. Pressing Command-Tab on the Mac OS brings up the icons. AppleInsider's source, however, says that the app-switching method "exhibits several characteristics of the Exposť brand," which is not very informative. As far as I know, Exposť pretty much just has one characteristic: showing all windows and showing the Desktop: yes, pressing F10 instead of F9 shows just one screen per app, but that's pretty much it. And it's not clear how that function would be relevant with just icons rather than app screens, and without a keyboard to choose different modes.

    Still, good on Apple for finally getting this in there. Not seeing any reason I'd give up ProSwitcher for this, but we'll see what Apple eventually comes up with: this feature could certainly be cooler than the story makes it sound.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: "Expose-like" Multitasking in iPhone 4.0? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. eaglesteve's Avatar
      eaglesteve -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      How will it use the Home button by hitting it twice? So I guess all the stuff you can choose the double click Home opens will be all gone..
      No, it will not be all gone. The first double tap will bring up the running task. The second double tap will bring up whatever you have configures in your setting (e.g., iPod, or camera, or whatever). It works beautifully on jailbroken phone at the moment.

      I much prefer the Kirikae approach among all that I've tried. It's the most efficient means IMO.

      I hope this is not an April fool joke. I have a little doubt because even iPad is not having multitasking, so why would Apple bother about iPhone, especially when the same OS need to run for the older generation iPhone too.
    1. greasemuntney's Avatar
      greasemuntney -
      The iPhone should have never been released without multi tasking. That was a brain fart on apples side. The phone should have had a faster cpu speed and a lot more memory. They could have installed a 1 Ghz pros. and 1 gig of ram then nothing on the market would compare. (exc the HTC)
    1. lfc_'s Avatar
      lfc_ -
      i dont get why people are debating on how the multitasking could be initiated.. why cant we just use the current multitasking methods?

      short hold to bring up multitasking

      nothing currently uses short hold. music controls is a long hold, and on iphone 3gs voice control is a long hold
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Quote Originally Posted by i3exa View Post
      just hope the new battery can handle all this multi-tasking...

      After 4 years, I hope they have most of the possible problems worked out.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      If there's one thing I'm sure of is that no matter what the new iPhone upgrades in terms of software/hardware, people won't be happy about it because their expectations are ridiculously high, same as it has been for the last 2 years.
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      Yep, I'll stick with ProSwitcher, which PWN's this concept at every level.
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      i hope they add some kind of it in os 4. i dont care how it works or looks as long as it is there
    1. Mike_7318's Avatar
      Mike_7318 -
      About time is right, I'll decide if I want a new multitasking app after the jailbreak comes out
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Rumors don't mean a damn thing. Holding home button pulls up voice commands. Pressing home once is a problem too. How do you background the apps (automatically when you close by pressing home once)? Pressing home once would mean the only time you can call on it would be on the springboard and not in app. Let's wait until Steve actually shows it for real or let's everyone down again. These sources know nothing.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      How will it use the Home button by hitting it twice? So I guess all the stuff you can choose the double click Home opens will be all gone..
      Sounds about right to me. Just like you can't double tap the home button to open your favorite contacts AND open the camera, Apple will probably put "Multitasking" as one of the options in Settings when you double tap the home button. That way, those wanting their phone to run as smooth as possible and don't really care for multitasking can disable it, and the ones that want it can have it.

      And I agree unless it is similar to Safari's page view/WebOS's multitasking/ProSwitcher I doubt I'll like it as much, but multitasking is multitasking and I'd love to not have to jailbreak to have it any more. Though I don't really use my iPhone much any more after getting a Nexus One.
    1. eaglesteve's Avatar
      eaglesteve -
      My setup currently is:

      Single and long press of home key- bring up Overboard, since I have made overboard my home screen. The current application will either quit or go to background depending on whether I've specify in Background application to keep it running.
      Even longer press of home key - voice control.
      Double click home key - bring up Kirikae to switch task.
      Second double click of home key at Kirikae - bring up music player if music control has been specified. I usually do not use music control since I use Volume extender, therefore, whatever I specify in the setting is activated (could be camera, or favourite contact).

      Very clear and simple.
    1. Sams iHelp's Avatar
      Sams iHelp -
      This makes me so sad to think that when it comes out - i will not be able to have it because it will probably be a long time before anyone provides a jailbreak and unlock for it... stupid T-Mobile contract...