Swipe up for multitasking?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by jonesie9, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. jonesie9, Aug 18, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2013
    Two clicks on the ever fragile home button (although consistent throughout the years) does not seem like the most efficient method to access multitasking. What about a swipe up from anywhere above the very bottom of the screen? So you would have top swipe down-notifications, anywhere on screen swipe down-search, anywhere on screen swipe up-multitasking and bottom swipe up-control center.
  2. macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2011
    Anywhere on the screen swipe up would interfere with almost every app
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2013
  4. macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2010
    We already have swipe up for Control Center. You would need a new gesture.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2013
    Control Center is a swipe up from the very bottom or below the screen. The new search gesture is a swipe down from anywhere on the screen so why couldn't multitasking be a swipe up from anywhere on the screen?
  6. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    The new search is only for the home screen.

    Swipe up in any app would interfere with scrolling or any other swipe up gesture the app has.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2010
    What if we were given the option of what swiping up would do?
  8. macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    Anytime you scroll up, like safari, would trigger multitasking. If I had a choice I would rather flip flop multitasking and control center. Swipe up for multitasking and double click home for CC. I find that I use multitasking more than CC and that would save my home button more and smooth out the experience of switching apps. I always find the double click to be somewhat clunky. Not horrible though. This would work for me but I'm sure there are others who will use CC more. The option would be nice but that's not exactly apple's MO.
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2013
    I would still like to see it as an option from the home screen.
  10. macrumors 603


    Apr 30, 2013
    Los Angeles
    All Apple needs to do is to add an icon in Control Center to open the multi-tasking switcher. Problem solved.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2011
    Boston, MA
    What would happen is apple in the near future would provide touch gestures. Since the iPhone's screen is currently way too small to provide multi tasking the way the iPad does. For that Apple would supply a touch sensitive home button for multitasking.
  12. macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    But if you're on your home screen, you could just launch the app you want by pressing the icon.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2009
    How about a 2-finger swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access multi-tasking?
  14. macrumors 6502


    Jul 16, 2002
    Springfield, Ohio
    I think the idea of swapping controls for CC and multitasking is a good one... but I doubt Apple would do it as it's likely that the average user will use CC more.
  15. macrumors 68040


    Android has apps for swipe gestures. You must swipe starting on the outer edge of the screen into the screen for it to register the gesture. So it won't interfere with any app you're using.

    If you you're playing a game and you're swiping on the screen only, it won't register the gesture.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2010
    Oops, didnt think about that! I think that would fit well with the new animation too, since multitasking causes the springboard to float up in a card view with the rest of the apps. So in a sense, a swipe up makes the springboard go up too. Seems natural now that I think about it. :)
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2011
    Apple is clearly experimenting with a task gesture.. In fact it was used in the WWDC demo if you were quick enough to catch it.

    The gesture is a diagonal gesture from the bottom right corner.. This was also in the internal test menu that a developer discovered..

    Go back and watch the WWDC demo.. You will see it being used if you watch for it.

    No clue if or when the gesture will go public.. But they have given it thought :)
  18. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2013
    That sounds sweet
  19. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    It doesn't have to. In webOS you go into "card view" (multitasking) by swiping up from the bezel; it doesn't affect the browser because you typically don't swipe from the bezel when scrolling.

  20. macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2009
    This would be perfect for me:
    • Swipe up for multi-tasking (similar to WebOS)
    • The card on the left of the home screen is an interactive control center that you do all your toggling/control in
  21. macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2011
    Another option would be: Swipe up from the left side of the home button -> Mutlitasking and swipe up from the right side of home button -> CC

    There are many possibilities and I wonder when the whole homebutton clicking will end ;)

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