Why doesn't iOS use more gestures?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by Dulcimer, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. Dulcimer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    I've seen my friend on his Nexus 4 where he can use a multitude of gestures to perform a quick Google search, open a specific app, bring up multitasking, etc. The iPhone can't do this.

    What really makes this odd is the fact that Apple made the whole gesture-based approach popular with Mac OS X. It works so seamlessly, especially with Mountain Lion and the trackpad on their line of MacBook laptops.

    That's what makes this all the more puzzling: Why doesn't iOS use more gestures? iPad's iOS uses some gestures (e.g., closing apps, swiping for the multitasking tray) but even then it's quite limited.

    Anyone have thoughts on this?
  2. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    It's probably a desire not to unnecessarily complicate things for a feature that few would likely use on such a small screen. On the iPad, I can understand it, as you have plenty of room for all fingers in either orientation. That's not true of a 4" screen.
  3. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    Any system-wide gesture that Apple introduces has the potential to break functionality in existing apps. Even the notification center caused problems.
  4. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Yep. Every gesture Apple adds suddenly means every developer can no longer use it.
  5. Cod3rror macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2010
    I'd love it if Apple integrated Zephyr into iOS. Awesome tweak!
  6. white4s macrumors 68000

    Nov 15, 2011
    New Jersey
    if you're jailbroke you can have the gesture option
  7. Dulcimer thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    Yes, or Automator. Those are awesome. Unfortunately for me, jailbreaking isn't really something I enjoy doing. I just think Apple should add a few more gestures to toggle settings or for the multitasking tray (iPad-like).

    iOS 7 rumours suggest that the team is implementing more gestures, so I may get my wish after all!
  8. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    You can create your own gestures in the Accessibility settings.
  9. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Being able to swipe left and right in my browser for page returning on my ipad seems like an obvious omission

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