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chizzer2003
May 30, 2012, 06:15 PM
Hey. I did some mockups for a new multi-tasking system in iOS - akin to a simplified version of mission control from OSX. It is activated by either the four finger swipe up (replacing the current multitasking bar at current) or by double tapping the home button. There are multiple pages of your recently opened apps and works similarly to the current implementation, only I believe slightly more practical, efficient and aesthetically pleasing. The tiles of apps are from where you last left them, and similar to the current implementation: pause when you leave them. You obviously just tap on a tile and it expands to take the full screen.

I have no idea how good they are... or how bad they are! I think they pale in comparison to other of the site but thought i'd send my ideas across.


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PS: Sorry for the badly photoshopped hand!



chizzer2003
May 30, 2012, 06:16 PM
And the whole thing:

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FlatlinerG
May 30, 2012, 06:17 PM
Love it.


apple.com/feedback !

basesloaded190
May 30, 2012, 06:17 PM
Obviously iPad only, but I like the concept.

FlatlinerG
May 30, 2012, 06:19 PM
Obviously iPad only, but I like the concept.

You could do a slightly smaller implementation for iPhone/iPod Touch. Similar to how Pages for iOS shows little thumbnails of your documents.

chizzer2003
May 30, 2012, 06:20 PM
Obviously iPad only, but I like the concept.

I think there is potential for the iPhone perhaps? I'll try and give that a go :)

SteveAbootman
May 30, 2012, 06:52 PM
Really good concept. I think I've seen this in various flavors floating around. Hope it gets implemented!

TennisandMusic
May 30, 2012, 06:55 PM
You could do a slightly smaller implementation for iPhone/iPod Touch. Similar to how Pages for iOS shows little thumbnails of your documents.

Sort of like this? :p

http://blog.laptopmag.com/wpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/ics-multitasking.jpg

charlieroberts
May 30, 2012, 07:02 PM
Sort of like this? :p

Image (http://blog.laptopmag.com/wpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/ics-multitasking.jpg)

Freaking android they already stole your concept!

FlatlinerG
May 30, 2012, 07:02 PM
Sort of like this? :p

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Except not nearly as ugg.


I was thinking more along the lines of this:

http://support.apple.com/library/APPLE/APPLECARE_ALLGEOS/Product_Help/en_US/PUBLIC_USERS/S8100_FFDocMngr2P.png

Except, of course, without the folder and instead of documents you would see small app thumbnails. Basically, take the current multitask menu and instead of leaving 80% of the screen greyed out, actually utilize it to show more running apps/options.

-LikesMac-
May 30, 2012, 09:05 PM
Looks good.

But for the iPhone, I simply want multi-finger swiping to switch between opened apps. :D

ellaimac
May 31, 2012, 02:13 AM
I'd prefer a Mini-Mission Control. That'd be beast :cool: :apple:

macingman
May 31, 2012, 02:42 AM
Looks good.

But for the iPhone, I simply want multi-finger swiping to switch between opened apps. :D

That would be a bit difficult. Four or five finger gestures on a 3.5inch screen would be wierd. Anyway hopefully Apple gives us a 4.x inch screen next round.

chizzer2003
May 31, 2012, 06:54 AM
iPhone one a bit like this? Obviously a 4" screen would make this look a bit better.

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chizzer2003
May 31, 2012, 06:54 AM
And the whole thing:

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Deako
May 31, 2012, 10:23 AM
Nice concept. I really like both ideas, and have often thought that something like this would be a great addition to iOS.

Syk
May 31, 2012, 10:54 AM
I like those.

iEvolution
May 31, 2012, 12:45 PM
And the whole thing:

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Honestly it looks like something Apple would do nice concept bro.

Apple does need to do something about multi-tasking. As much as I hate to say it I feel like Android 4.0 (ICS) is quite a bit more robust and you can do things much faster not to mention more customizing options.

Right now I feel like Android is lacking tablet optimized apps and Apple is lacking in the operating system robustness. Can't wait to see what iOS 6 offers (or doesn't)!

ppilone
May 31, 2012, 01:00 PM
Very nice concept. By far the most thought out and conceptualized implementation of Mission Control for iPad I've seen.

blackhand1001
May 31, 2012, 01:03 PM
Honestly it looks like something Apple would do nice concept bro.

Apple does need to do something about multi-tasking. As much as I hate to say it I feel like Android 4.0 (ICS) is quite a bit more robust and you can do things much faster not to mention more customizing options.

Right now I feel like Android is lacking tablet optimized apps and Apple is lacking in the operating system robustness. Can't wait to see what iOS 6 offers (or doesn't)!

With android is that the layout engine doesn't require you to make a separate app for larger screens and different resolutions. They run natively even on tablets regardless of resolution. Also many apps already have a tablet layout built in. You can actually force phones to run in tablet mode by lowering the lcd density setting. Apple did make a pretty bad blunder when they made the first IOS not thinking about the possibility of having to support multiple resolutions.

stevemiller
Jun 2, 2012, 06:21 PM
Love it. You get the same functionality with more visual information. Can't think if a single downside to this!

MattInOz
Jun 3, 2012, 04:38 AM
Love it.
Treat springboard as app on the switcher and I'd love it even more.

Cod3rror
Jun 3, 2012, 05:29 AM
iPhone one a bit like this? Obviously a 4" screen would make this look a bit better.

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Why? That is unnecessarily complicated and requires lots of motion.

Zephyr + current multitasking work just fine.

chizzer2003
Jun 3, 2012, 06:04 AM
Why? That is unnecessarily complicated and requires lots of motion.

Zephyr + current multitasking work just fine.


The slides are just demonstrating how it could track the gesture in real-time and animate depending on your finger position, similar to the five pinch to springboard: you don't have to pinch all five fingers to a full close on that gesture, just a slight movement is required. The same would apply here.

And the current implementation is a) boring b) not visually helpful c) unefficient to access media controls and d) inconsistent with OSX's implementation - which is key if they want ordinary consumers to feel at ease between the two OS's.

keith4594
Jun 3, 2012, 08:42 AM
all of these look sweet :eek:

Nicolas4ever
Jun 3, 2012, 11:24 AM
WoW.Amazing:D!

henry72
Jun 4, 2012, 06:15 AM
That's really cool :D

chizzer2003
Jun 4, 2012, 11:45 AM
Tried to implement an SBSettings type thing into the space too. A swipe to the left of the media controls is some quick setting toggles. A highlighted blue means enabled, and white means disabled (like repeat and shuffle in the music app). It is a bit crap though!!

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Comeagain?
Jun 4, 2012, 12:00 PM
Tried to implement an SBSettings type thing into the space too. A swipe to the left of the media controls is some quick setting toggles. A highlighted blue means enabled, and white means disabled (like repeat and shuffle in the music app). It is a bit crap though!!

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Not to mention the issues with vibrate currently a hardware option. Which would take control? Hardware or software?

applesith
Jun 4, 2012, 12:05 PM
LOVE both iPad and iPhone mockups!! Fingers crossed for this next week!! :)

Hexiii
Jun 4, 2012, 01:13 PM
I just want to open the multitasking tab another way than clicking the button twice. Maybe the button would last a little longer then.

chizzer2003
Jun 4, 2012, 02:43 PM
Not to mention the issues with vibrate currently a hardware option. Which would take control? Hardware or software?

Vibration isn't actually a hardware option, that's just to silent notifications. Vibration is actually toggled in the settings.app, so this would just be an easier way to toggle that.

Probably more useful to substitute it for something like cellular data instead though, so perhaps it was a bit of a mistake.

BlueGummiBear
Jun 4, 2012, 04:45 PM
I just want to open the multitasking tab another way than clicking the button twice. Maybe the button would last a little longer then.

+1 for this. My home button is losing its sensitivity and I have to press hard on it to get it to work. Double clicking the home button is a workout... My right thumb looks like Brock Lesnar. Thumb wars anybody!?

Dangerous Theory
Jun 4, 2012, 06:25 PM
Except not nearly as ugg.


I was thinking more along the lines of this:

Image (http://support.apple.com/library/APPLE/APPLECARE_ALLGEOS/Product_Help/en_US/PUBLIC_USERS/S8100_FFDocMngr2P.png)

Except, of course, without the folder and instead of documents you would see small app thumbnails. Basically, take the current multitask menu and instead of leaving 80% of the screen greyed out, actually utilize it to show more running apps/options.

basically what the old safari multitasking was like on iPad

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I just want to open the multitasking tab another way than clicking the button twice. Maybe the button would last a little longer then.

you can swipe up with four fingers for it can't you?

Force332
Jun 4, 2012, 09:16 PM
I think they were talking about pressing the home button twice on the iPhone, not the iPad.

MattInOz
Jun 4, 2012, 09:30 PM
What do you think about having an intermediate mode for document apps?

If they can have fast and slow multi-tasking swipes then fast could be a app-switcher (and leave the current document active), and slow could still go to the app-switcher by the the time you reach the upper half of the screen but get there via the app's document switcher.

So iBooks as an example a slow multi-tasking swipe could pull back from an open book to the bookshelf view keep swiping up and the whole app starts to drop back to the open apps. Similarly Pages and other documents app would transition to the documents browser, Safari to open tabs.

Then it really would be a Task-switcher not just an app-switcher.

Hexiii
Jun 5, 2012, 07:39 AM
you can swipe up with four fingers for it can't you?

I meant an iPhone

chizzer2003
Jun 5, 2012, 12:26 PM
What do you think about having an intermediate mode for document apps?

If they can have fast and slow multi-tasking swipes then fast could be a app-switcher (and leave the current document active), and slow could still go to the app-switcher by the the time you reach the upper half of the screen but get there via the app's document switcher.

So iBooks as an example a slow multi-tasking swipe could pull back from an open book to the bookshelf view keep swiping up and the whole app starts to drop back to the open apps. Similarly Pages and other documents app would transition to the documents browser, Safari to open tabs.

Then it really would be a Task-switcher not just an app-switcher.

That is quite a good idea, perhaps allowing an API for developers to implement that in their apps? The only problem is though is that system would cause confusion for the average user, especially since some apps would have it implemented and others not. But I like that idea and could almost be iOS's version of a back button.

whodareswins
Jun 5, 2012, 01:31 PM
Great concept. Just about solves what I always said is wrong with the current multi-tasking approach adopted by iOs; the huge waste of screen space!!!

APlotdevice
Jun 8, 2012, 09:08 AM
It is a great concept. But if I may be so bold as to build upon it with an idea that was inspired by the notion of "multitasking":
(I apologize in advance for the relatively crude artwork)

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc185/Plothole/th_f7e35cf6.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/cc185/Plothole/f7e35cf6.jpg)
We start off at the app selection screen. Which I've created my own version of for consistency purposes.

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc185/Plothole/th_54e3cfe5.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/cc185/Plothole/54e3cfe5.jpg)
Drag over the left and it reveals....

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc185/Plothole/th_4ffb01c0.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/cc185/Plothole/4ffb01c0.jpg)
.... A selection of little "mini apps". This includes a calculator, video window (playing whatever was last active), a Notes window, and a iMessage window. Now by either tapping the green + symbol or....

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc185/Plothole/th_a02d49ed.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/cc185/Plothole/a02d49ed.jpg)
....tapping and dragging them to the right...

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc185/Plothole/th_ea1ab9ef.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/cc185/Plothole/ea1ab9ef.jpg)
.... and onto one of your apps....

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc185/Plothole/th_18a0af75.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/cc185/Plothole/18a0af75.jpg)
... they appear as a window above that app!

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc185/Plothole/th_5a81475c.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/cc185/Plothole/5a81475c.jpg)
If this window is in the way of what you're doing you can simply tap and drag it somewhere else. You can also change the orientation of the window with a two finger twist (similar to the iPod nano). And finally when you don't need the window anymore just tap the X on the top left.

brisafit
Jun 8, 2012, 04:16 PM
Woah, that's really cool! Gosh, how much programming goes into all of that? And to make that look that nice?

PatrickW98
Jun 8, 2012, 04:21 PM
What is wrong with the current multitasking?

MrAppleseed
Jun 8, 2012, 04:25 PM
The current multitasking is about to kill my home button.

PatrickW98
Jun 8, 2012, 04:31 PM
The current multitasking is about to kill my home button.how

chizzer2003
Jun 8, 2012, 05:21 PM
What is wrong with the current multitasking?

I believe that a company like Apple should never rest on their laurels, and just because the current method is 'good enough' doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement, that laziness would stunt innovation. The current implementation is annoying on the home button as it requires repeated presses (mine after 1 and a half years is now almost completely broken), it's boring and it provides no visual aid and is hard to reach the media controls. It also is not in line with the aesthetic on Lion and ML.

APlotdevice: that is real nice! I was rattling me head how something similar to windows 8 split view could be implemented, but that's a nice idea! Maybe also something where if you drag one app on top of another in the mission control esque window, it would automatically split the screen into two apps for multitasking purposes.

liquidsuns
Jun 8, 2012, 06:59 PM
I don't really understand the fascination with the mission control style multitasking on iOS. Why is it so much better to see a thumbnail of the app as opposed to just the icon? The downside is that each app takes up way more screen space, making switching apps seemingly less efficient and people don't recognize apps by the thumbnail but by the icon. What is the upside?

Minhimalism
Jun 9, 2012, 12:28 AM
I'd love it if there was a new multitasking like this for the iPhone! It's much more visually pleasing and easy to work with so why not Apple :D -nudgenudge-

Also as that one person said.. if the home screen can be an "application" too, then this would be PERFECT.

matrix07
Jun 9, 2012, 05:51 AM
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WeegieMac
Jun 9, 2012, 06:12 AM
Zephyr does this already (Cydia tweak).

You can choose whether to have the default NC activation of swiping down and bringing the NC down or swiping down to move the home screen away and reveal the NC.

MrAppleseed
Jun 9, 2012, 06:30 AM
how

A button has a certain amount of possible usage. Multitasking on iOS requires extensive use of the home button, until now.

Maybe that helps you figuring out what I meant.

Kilamite
Jun 9, 2012, 06:46 AM
Vibration isn't actually a hardware option, that's just to silent notifications. Vibration is actually toggled in the settings.app, so this would just be an easier way to toggle that.

Probably more useful to substitute it for something like cellular data instead though, so perhaps it was a bit of a mistake.

Ah a quick way to turn off vibrate would be so useful. I've been in meetings and had a group iMessage conversation go on with my phone vibrating away noisily.