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  • Mock Up: How the App Switcher Should Be On the iPhone 5


    Apple sure did brag a lot about applications taking full advantage of the large four-inch iPhone 5 display canvas space, but one thing that really should be re-thought now that the screen has a taller profile is the puny multitasking App Switcher. Surely with the extra vertical real estate, Apple could have thought of a better idea than a simple row of icons?

    A recent concept by The Verge has become a viral sensation today as to what the multitasking App Switcher on the iPhone 5 should look like. The concept takes full advantage of the extra vertical pixels to show previews of the applications in the App Switcher with the icon of the application overlaying the previews. Since the previews of the applications are nothing more than screenshots of the taller display, this pushes the maximum height of the App Switcher up by a considerable amount.

    The concept also re-thinks the iPod controls, which are accessed from the multitasking App Switcher by simply swiping to the left. Instead of simply viewing a Music application icon, a rotation lock icon, and three button controls, the concept demonstrates that the music controls can be placed at the bottom, while integrating a volume bar right into the iPod controls without having to swipe to the left yet again. The size of the Music application icon has been reduced and to the left is the album artwork with the song information beautifully displayed in the center.

    The best part of the concept is the options panel, which is where the rotation lock button is moved. The panel also includes a toggle for Wi-Fi, a toggle for Bluetooth, and a toggle for 3G. Below the toggles, we find a slider for the screen brightness. It would probably be better if the 3G toggle were for cellular data in general, as the iPhone 5 takes advantage of 4G LTE and a toggle for 3G seems dated. Apple also had the courtesy to make brightness a little easier to get to in iOS 6, but it's still a pain having to navigate through the Settings application to get to it.

    To put things into perspective, below is a side-by-side comparison of the iPhone 5 concept next to the existing iPhone 4S App Switcher (compliments of The Verge):



    For sure, the concept takes better advantage of the space provided not only by the taller four-inch display, but it also takes better advantage of the linen-colored real estate that the multitasking App Switcher contains. The current App Switcher feels so roomy that it feels like space is actually being wasted.

    In many previous jailbreak tweaks, we have seen the multitasking App Switcher remodeled in forms of card switching and double-row switching. This concept is different because it keeps Apple’s switcher fundamentals in mind, while offering more information to the user per square pixel.

    Perhaps in the future a jailbreak tweak can bring these ideas to life, but first we have to have a jailbreak for the iPhone 5. Regardless of the iPhone 5 jailbreak's progress, I'd love to have a switcher like this on my iPhone 4 as well. Do you like this App Switching concept?

    Sources: The Verge via iClarified
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Mock Up: How the App Switcher Should Be On the iPhone 5 started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      Quote Originally Posted by GTRagnarok View Post
      Also needs a "clear all" button.
      why? i don't understand the obsession with removing recently used applications from the multitasking bar. since multitasking has been available for the iPhone, i have NEVER done that... probably because I understand how iOS multitasking works.
    1. Eiswritsat's Avatar
      Eiswritsat -
      If you want a iPhone to be a Android then get a Android. So you can watch a video and text....WOW!!!!!!!!!!! I'm blown away. Apple has an identity just like android does but both need improvement
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2a View Post
      why? i don't understand the obsession with removing recently used applications from the multitasking bar. since multitasking has been available for the iPhone, i have NEVER done that... probably because I understand how iOS multitasking works.
      The huge problem with IOS multitasking is you dont know what is running and what was recently ran.
      If your on a jailbreakable IOS then jailbreak and get "SwitcherCleaner" from Cydia. It will only show what is actually running making it a true multitasking bar not a recently ran bar.
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      The iPad has a whole lot more screen real estate that the iPhone 5 and apple didn't tweak the bar much so don't expect it to happen with the new device until a jailbreak arrives
    1. georgeD's Avatar
      georgeD -
      and what would be the benefit of that new multitasking-design?
    1. Greatbiguns's Avatar
      Greatbiguns -
      That is CLEAN....
      Hope to see this in real life!
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by georgeD View Post
      and what would be the benefit of that new multitasking-design?
      Better use of the extra pixels. Looks better and has more functions.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      The huge problem with IOS multitasking is you dont know what is running and what was recently ran.
      If your on a jailbreakable IOS then jailbreak and get "SwitcherCleaner" from Cydia. It will only show what is actually running making it a true multitasking bar not a recently ran bar.
      The way iOS works there is nothing technically "running" in the background other than I your listening up music or something.

      Apple simply freezes the last state of your app when you leave it. That state is saved in "wired" memory. All wired memory is, is memory used to store an image of an apps last state. Now when your phone starts getting low on total memory. It will recycle the wired memory.

      So really everyone thinks that there phones need more memory because try see they only have 33 mb available. When in reality you most likely have 800 mb available because 80 percent of your memory os being used with apps that you have opened.

      Remember. Wired memory is not doing anything. Only active processes using active memory are.

      And yes switcher does list in order of last opened. Ap it does show you most recent.
    1. 6309phone's Avatar
      6309phone -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      There is no way Apple will ever let their iPhones do that as its not boring. Apple have to keep it to their gray boring standard.
      What is constantly boring is reading your boring posts. Do you really think you are doing something special by posting that you can watch a movie in the background? Go on the Android forum.
    1. bsltiger's Avatar
      bsltiger -
      I only sort of have one problem with this.

      Sliders in the app switcher are always a pain. Accidental adjustments when attempting to change panels.

      It's the only reason I don't use tweaks with them. Maybe if they're low like that, they won't be though.
    1. aidanharris's Avatar
      aidanharris -
      Quote Originally Posted by 6309phone View Post
      What is constantly boring is reading your boring posts. Do you really think you are doing something special by posting that you can watch a movie in the background? Go on the Android forum.
      If people want to do that then jailbreak and download music controls pro from Cydia (great tweak btw) if however like 90% of this forum you don't need to background a video then don't do it...
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      It would be great if this worked on an iphone 4, but its too bad that even if something would show up on cydia, i would not be able to use it because my phone was stolen and thrown into a creek. ;p