Do you like the new iPad gestures?

eicca

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I hate them. I find them inconsistent and unpredictable. Switching between adjacent apps with a left/right swipe is irritating because the apps will swap places in the switcher out of the blue. Sometimes when I want to go home I get the app switcher. And sometimes when I want the app switcher I get the home screen.

How are the rest of you feeling about the gestures?
 
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Feenician

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I sometimes forget that CC is now only summoned from the right and get the notification sheet instead but apart from that, I like them a lot. I can definitely see how mileage may vary though and in fact I'm not particularly looking forward to upgrading my gf's iPad Pro as a result (though her 6S should see a nice boost)
 
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SoYoung

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I personally love it. I put the beta since the first one on both my iPads because of this. Its so much easier and quicker to switch apps and return to springboard that way. I also like the new place for control center as well.

In fact, I wished Apple brings those gestures to the older iPhones as well. I want the X (and newer) because of this.
 
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eicca

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It's funny, I really liked the gestures on the X. They were much more consistent. On my iPad I have to use much larger movements and that I feel is part of the problem.

I do like the new control center though. Very nice.
 

achappy

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I have an iPhone X so I really love the gestures. It feels much more natural now switching back and forth between my iPhone X and the iPad. Switching apps is a breeze as I've become really good at the one finger swipe, especially laying in bed.
 
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estabya

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I have an iPhone X so I really love the gestures. It feels much more natural now switching back and forth between my iPhone X and the iPad. Switching apps is a breeze as I've become really good at the one finger swipe, especially laying in bed.
I agree. Before the iOS 12 beta I constantly found myself accidentally using the iPhone X style gestures on the iPad only to have it not work as I had hoped. I greatly appreciate the consistency in gestures between the devices.
 

Zombolo

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I prefer old gestures. I need a key to disable them!
With new gestures a lot of “errors” trying to clos apps with five fingers.
 

kasakka

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I like all but the control center. It was better when it was part of the app switcher because my iPad Pro certainly has the screen space for it.

The most genius gesture on iOS however is the "open in new tab" two finger click. It took me a while to understand that you put your fingers around the link instead of trying to hit it with two fingers. They really need to add a tutorial for that.
 

estabya

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The most genius gesture on iOS however is the "open in new tab" two finger click. It took me a while to understand that you put your fingers around the link instead of trying to hit it with two fingers. They really need to add a tutorial for that.
Oh my God. I never knew this was a thing. This is life changing. Thank you for making me aware of this trick!
 

poocat

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Oh my God. I never knew this was a thing. This is life changing. Thank you for making me aware of this trick!
Same! Thanks!

I wish they'd left CC as part of app switcher. Seemed so intuitive there, everything always 1 swipe away. Now I have two swipes from very separate areas for... no real reason, on iPad.
 

eicca

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I like all but the control center. It was better when it was part of the app switcher because my iPad Pro certainly has the screen space for it.

The most genius gesture on iOS however is the "open in new tab" two finger click. It took me a while to understand that you put your fingers around the link instead of trying to hit it with two fingers. They really need to add a tutorial for that.
Yup I had no idea about this one. I’m gonna try it.
 

Mr. 123

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Same! Thanks!

I wish they'd left CC as part of app switcher. Seemed so intuitive there, everything always 1 swipe away. Now I have two swipes from very separate areas for... no real reason, on iPad.
I’m really happy that they made CC a separate thing. When it was bundeled with the app switcher you had to leave the app just to adjust the volume or brightness which was annoying.
 

Abazigal

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Couldn’t get the hang of it at first, but the gestures seem to have been improved with subsequent betas, and now it feels pretty natural to me.
 

Jensend

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I hate them. I find them inconsistent and unpredictable. Switching between adjacent apps with a left/right swipe is irritating because the apps will swap places in the switcher out of the blue. Sometimes when I want to go home I get the app switcher. And sometimes when I want the app switcher I get the home screen.

How are the rest of you feeling about the gestures?
The left/right swiping is much faster now. In 11, you had to wait a moment between swipes. Now it will keep up no matter how fast you swipe.

It is annoying to me how as soon as you interact with an app, it immediately becomes the right-most app.

I prefer the control center in 12 to 11, but I much prefer the CC from older version of iOS where it was just a thin bar you swiped up from the bottom. That way you could change brightness while watching a video without obscuring it.
 
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bmac89

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The left/right swiping is much faster now. In 11, you had to wait a moment between swipes. Now it will keep up no matter how fast you swipe.
That is encouraging to hear. I found the delay frustrating in iOS 11.
When swiping between apps are you using the new 1 finger swipe up and accross left/right or the old 4 finger swipe left/right?
I wonder if both work flawlessly without delay?

Also what device are you using?

Thanks
 

eicca

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Interesting. I never had a swipe-between-apps delay on iOS 11 with my 2017 9.7. It ran very satisfactory all around.
 

kaiseryeahhh

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I don't like them at all.
They are erratic and not at all intuitive for a device that has multiventana and is not used the same as a mobile phone.
 

Apple blogger

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I hate them. I find them inconsistent and unpredictable. Switching between adjacent apps with a left/right swipe is irritating because the apps will swap places in the switcher out of the blue. Sometimes when I want to go home I get the app switcher. And sometimes when I want the app switcher I get the home screen.

How are the rest of you feeling about the gestures?
Yes. They arnt perfect for such a device. Switching apps is easier with old multitasking gestures, also, having the dock (iOS 11) and multitasking (iOS 12) with the same gesture makes no sense. It’s extremely difficult to bring up the dock, because a big flick brings me to the home screen, I need to be careful and drag a little. I feel Apple should use the old finger gestures for multi tasking and home, and going back to the iOS 11 ways for dock gestures. I don’t mind the control Center gesture, but it should be given a bigger are to be swiped. Currently, it’s the same amount as the iPhone, and it’s a little annoying when sometimes if I’m a little far, I bring down the Notification Center and not the control Center.
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No complaints except for the fact that Apple switched the symbol and emoji button on the keyboard... not gesture related... but still. I don’t understand why the did that.
Oh my god yes!!! I gave my feedback through the feedback app too! I hate it!!!
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I like all but the control center. It was better when it was part of the app switcher because my iPad Pro certainly has the screen space for it.

The most genius gesture on iOS however is the "open in new tab" two finger click. It took me a while to understand that you put your fingers around the link instead of trying to hit it with two fingers. They really need to add a tutorial for that.
Woah wait! I didn’t know this! I didn’t even understand what you just said! Could you explain again? With a video or step by step ... like two fingers on a link?
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The left/right swiping is much faster now. In 11, you had to wait a moment between swipes. Now it will keep up no matter how fast you swipe.

It is annoying to me how as soon as you interact with an app, it immediately becomes the right-most app.

I prefer the control center in 12 to 11, but I much prefer the CC from older version of iOS where it was just a thin bar you swiped up from the bottom. That way you could change brightness while watching a video without obscuring it.
Yes! It took me a while to figure out I only need to swipe in one direction!
 

kasakka

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Woah wait! I didn’t know this! I didn’t even understand what you just said! Could you explain again? With a video or step by step ... like two fingers on a link?
Say you have this thread open in Safari on your iPad. You want open the iOS thread list from the breadcrumb links at the top of the page in a new tab. But the link that says iOS is too small so your option is to either click and hold to get the list to open in new tab or you place your fingers above and under the link like this:

(==== <-- finger
iOS
(====

Then tap with those fingers. The link between your fingers will open in a new tab.

I think how it technically works is that the software draws an area between the two touch points and whatever intersects that area is the desired link.
 

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The most genius gesture on iOS however is the "open in new tab" two finger click. It took me a while to understand that you put your fingers around the link instead of trying to hit it with two fingers. They really need to add a tutorial for that.
OMG I never knew this. This is great! I guess I should look up a few more tricks, haha.
 

saudor

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No complaints except for the fact that Apple switched the symbol and emoji button on the keyboard... not gesture related... but still. I don’t understand why the did that.
If it was consistent, i wouldnt mind the switch. But the position is different across devices and even on the same device depending on whether it's portrait or landscape
 

stooovie

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I hate them. I find them inconsistent and unpredictable. Switching between adjacent apps with a left/right swipe is irritating because the apps will swap places in the switcher out of the blue. Sometimes when I want to go home I get the app switcher. And sometimes when I want the app switcher I get the home screen.

How are the rest of you feeling about the gestures?
Yes, as soon as you interact with an app in any way, it goes from being RIGHT to the current app to its LEFT. It's spatially totally inconsistent. Or more precisely, it's a combination of temporal and spatial navigation.

To clarify: start with current app A. Your last app (B) is to the right. If you switch to B, A will be to the right (where it should be), unless you interacted with B. If you did it won't be to the right, but to the left, making zero spatial sense.
 
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