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Old Jan 12, 2011, 07:32 PM   #1
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Video of New Multi-Touch Gestures on iPad iOS 4.3



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvxSSGUtTYA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEivxDY82bw

One of the most interesting new features found in iOS 4.3 is the introduction of four and five finger gestures for the iPad.
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This beta release contains a preview of new Multi-Touch gestures for iPad. You can use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen; swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar; and swipe left or right between apps. We are providing this preview before releasing them to the public to understand how these gestures work with your apps.
The above video shows the user four-finger swiping from left/right to switch between multitasking apps. Meanwhile pinching with 4 or 5 fingers can return you to the home screen, which potentially removes the need for a physical home button.

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Old Jan 12, 2011, 07:35 PM   #2
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very cool. nice too see more features.
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 07:35 PM   #3
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Looks promising. And I think this is only the beginning, still...
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 07:35 PM   #4
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This is going to be great. The future for iOS looks really interesting.
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 07:36 PM   #6
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wow, nice! indeed.
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 07:39 PM   #7
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which potentially removes the need for a physical home button.
No, sorry, let's not start copying Android (Honeycomb). Every device needs physical buttons especially in times of software issues...
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 07:40 PM   #8
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Looks promising. And I think this is only the beginning, still...
Was just about to post this!
Hopefully with more customization and a new notification system as well!

iOS 5 looks good so far.
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 07:41 PM   #9
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 07:42 PM   #10
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This really highlights the multitasking capabilities and I bet it will make the iPad seem a lot more like a laptop to a lot of people. At the very least I'll be using the horizontal gestures for sure.
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 07:43 PM   #11
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But does this mean new functions for the home button? No idea what else it could do, but just a thought.
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 07:44 PM   #12
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Very cool additions! The swiping between apps looks just like OSX Lion. Pinching to home can be performed in slow motion too, similar to holding shift whilst invoking Expose on OSX.
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I like it. Cool to see this innovation.
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Meanwhile pinching with 4 or 5 fingers can return you to the home screen, which potentially removes the need for a physical home button.
Yeah, but slapping something with your hand as if you're searching for gold at the end of a double rainbow isn't the most...natural...hand gesture guys can make. I'll stick with hitting the home button.

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Old Jan 12, 2011, 07:47 PM   #15
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No home button would cause errors

I don't think the home button should go away.

On a multi touch device, there's always the chance that a user could inadvertently create the specific gesture that would send the user to the homescreen. That could potentially frustrate and confuse users. I can just see it now, you're in the middle of an intense game or something else- all of a sudden - poof there goes your app and there's the home screen.

Talk about a PITA.

When you're in an app, the home button does one thing, and you consciously have to press it to invoke that action. A gesture that does the same thing could inadvertently be invoked. Sounds like trouble to me.
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No, sorry, let's not start copying Android (Honeycomb). Every device needs physical buttons especially in times of software issues...
Kiss the home button good bye!!!

I guarantee this is the first step in Steve making the home button disappear.

Yes, I also thought of "Honeycomb" BUT, Apple actually has done this already in the new iPod nano with a long press. Does that make you feel better now lol? Also, "Honeycomb" adds a second bar at the bottom of the screen for the "home", "back" and "multi-tasking" commands which takes up screen real estate. I think multi-touch gestures are a much more elegant solution!

P.S. Matias Duarte designed WebOS which is very nice next to iOS and has the best multi-tasking UI implementation, and is now at Google heading up the new "Honeycomb" UI. I may not like Android or Google, but he is a pretty good designer and has some good ideas. I think it makes sense to make tablets orientation agnostic, especially when it is so nicely and easily done with multi-touch gestures like these!

Now I'm not sure about the volume, mute, sleep/wake buttons.
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Yeah, but slapping something with your hand as if you're searching for gold at the end of a double rainbow isn't the most...natural...hand gesture guys can make. I'll stick with hitting the home button.

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I don't think the home button should go away.

On a multi touch device, there's always the chance that a user could inadvertently create the specific gesture that would send the user to the homescreen. That could potentially frustrate and confuse users. I can just see it now, you're in the middle of an intense game or something else- all of a sudden - poof there goes your app and there's the home screen.

Talk about a PITA.

When you're in an app, the home button does one thing, and you consciously have to press it to invoke that action. A gesture that does the same thing could inadvertently be invoked. Sounds like trouble to me.
It's not that difficult to pull off, yet it's not an action you'd likely perform accidentally. It may need to be disabled when using music apps and games, though.

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Old Jan 12, 2011, 07:52 PM   #18
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Very cool.


I've been enjoying multi-touch gestures with Atomic for a while, so it's nice to see some finally integrated into the OS.
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 07:53 PM   #19
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I could be wrong, but wont these gestures interfere with certain apps? What if a game requires you to swipe up? Or what if you're messing with a music app and you use four fingers? Unless the gestures are disabled automatically for these types of apps, I could see this being incredibly annoying at times. Still, it's optional.. so no big deal.
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I always thought the iPad needed some five-finger gestures. Only problem is, when I play around with Safari for example, I use all five fingers to pinch in and out, just for my own self-amusement. Guess I'll need to break the habit
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Kiss the home button good bye!!!

I guarantee this is the first step in Steve making the home button disappear.

Yes, I also thought of "Honeycomb" BUT, Apple actually has done this already in the new iPod nano with a long press. Does that make you feel better now lol? Also, "Honeycomb" adds a second bar at the bottom of the screen for the "home", "back" and "multi-tasking" commands which takes up screen real estate. I think multi-touch gestures are a much more elegant solution!

P.S. Matias Duarte designed WebOS which is very nice next to iOS and has the best multi-tasking UI implementation, and is now at Google heading up the new "Honeycomb" UI. I may not like Android or Google, but he is a pretty good designer and has some good ideas. I think it makes sense to make tablets orientation agnostic, especially when it is so nicely and easily done with multi-touch gestures like these!

Now I'm not sure about the volume, mute, sleep/wake buttons.
You guarantee, huh?

How do you intend to do this?
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I could be wrong, but wont these gestures interfere with certain apps? What if a game requires you to swipe up? Or what if you're messing with a music app and you use four fingers? Unless the gestures are disabled automatically for these types of apps, I could see this being incredibly annoying at times. Still, it's optional.. so no big deal.
Yes, this is my main question. What happens in apps that use those gestures? Who wins?
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 07:56 PM   #24
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Problem

Just updated to 4.3 on my iPad, and none of the fancy new multitouch swiping works, but the side switch does work.

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Old Jan 12, 2011, 08:00 PM   #25
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Anyone else not seeing the Multitasking Gestures in the settings? I'm running 4.3, and based on the other screenshots I've seen, it should be right between the side switch settings and the date/time settings. The side switch settings are there, but no multitask gestures. I have a 32GB WiFi+3G.
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