Ever since Apple introduced the multitasking feature with the app switcher in 2010, it has received a lot of interest from UI designers and Cydia developers.
We’ve seen quite a few concepts and jailbreak tweaks that have tried to re-imagine the app switcher because let’s face it, there is a lot of scope for improvement.
This new app switcher/multitasking concept created by Jesse Head is easily one of the best I have seen. Jesse has reimagined how Apple should implement app switching/multitasking in iOS 7 taking some inspiration from concepts we’ve already seen.
So here is how it works:
Full App Tiles
The concept features ‘full app tiles’ instead of the app icons. As you can see in the screenshot above, the full app tiles look much better and should make it a lot easier to switch between apps.
My favorite feature of the concept is ‘live previews’. Currently, the apps in the app switcher are in inactive or standby state, the concept proposes that when the app switcher is activated, the apps would enter an “active” state or semi-active state. Jesse explains that the benefit of such a system will allow users to switch between apps such as Mail, Flipboard, Weather apps whilst they’re being updated live. He feels this semi-active state would help bridge the gap between app switching and true multitasking. The ability to see the live updates in the app switcher could also mean we don’t have to actually launch the app, for example a Weather app and it should also not cause a major impact on battery life as the live updates kick in only when you access the app switcher.
The concept also comes with a search bar at the top of the app switcher, which allows you to jump straight to that app. It may not be relevant in the current scheme of things as the apps in the app switcher are in inactive state, but can be useful for apps with the ‘live preview’ feature so you can quickly jump to the ‘live preview’ of a particular app.
Instead of swiping to the left for the music playback controls, Jesse has placed them just below the app tiles so you can access them more quickly.
Quick Settings Toggles
Swiping to the right at the bottom would give you quick access to the Settings toggles.
No concept is complete without showing how to kill an app. In this concept, you can kill the app by swiping up or down on the full app tile.
I’ve seen several several app switcher concepts and use Auxo currently, which is the gold standard when it comes to app switcher tweaks, but this is easily one of the best concepts I’ve seen and really hope that some Cydia developer can create a tweak based on it.