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UI designer submits concept video for iPhone multitasking gesture

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UI designer submits concept video for iPhone multitasking gesture
As multitasking becomes more commonplace for everyday users of Apple’s iPhone, there may need to be a better, easier way to access the multitasking drawer. That is what UI designer, Max Rudberg, thinks and he has released a concept video detailing a potential solution.

Rudberg notes in the comments of his video that he uses the drawer a lot and he finds using the home button to access it is slow and cumbersome. He also points out that the home button tends to lose responsiveness as the device ages.

He suggests using a single finger swipe from the bottom edge of the screen to extend the drawer up. This gesture could be expanded to add additional functionality to the other edges, as well as have a setting to turn it off completely, particularly for applications that may conflict with it.

Rudberg has even gone as far as submitting it to Apple as a feature request, so this may actually be something we see added to the iPhone in the future. What do you think? Is this a solution that you would like to see?



source: Redmond Pie

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posted on 07 Dec 2011, 22:03 2

1. barkerx5 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I am not trying to bash Max, but I am pretty confident that a company such the size of Apple has already thought about this. I bet Max got a letter stating "Thanks for the submission, but we have already thought of this." I may submit to Ford that some rods with squeegees on the front of the windshield that move back and forth may clear the rain away!

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 00:45

7. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


That is the problem with IP -- I cannot talk or communicate any new IP with the potential buyers unless (a) I sign a confi agreement that gives away a lot of my rights OR (b) patent the idea (could be an provisional patent) and then they will take to me. Too many cases of bad faith dealings ruin it for the rest of us.

People joke about legal & IP expenses but I paid enough legal bills to say it is NO JOKING matter. It is a very EXPENSIVE way to conduct business.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 22:04

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5377; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Oh, a similar aproach to the one in ana. Cool concept. Now if i could get someone to desing my idea

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 22:45

3. hepresearch (unregistered)


It sounds nice. It is possible that Apple has already thought of it... but I would like to think that the world occasionally still needs a few little people to develop new and inventive ideas once in a while. At the very least, nice idea, Max.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 23:05 2

4. avataranjie (Posts: 15; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


you mean copying webos and patenting it and then ripping off everyone else?

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 23:15

5. hepresearch (unregistered)


Frankly, I do not care where it comes from or who invented it any more. Everyone these days is being accused of copying off of everyone else... and in most cases mimicry is known to have happened at some level. It seems to be the only way that they can compete with each other any more... make something similar to the leading competing product, and then hire good attorneys. If it is legally available commercially at the current moment, is of well respected decent quality, is relatively affordable, and I like it, I will buy it. WebOS is being parted out already, anyway... it is a shame, but that is just the way it is, whether I like it or not. I already know where this is all heading, and I now understand that I really do not have much say or choice in the matter any more.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 00:07

6. thebikerboi2 (Posts: 144; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


To be honest I would put the multitasking bar in the notifications centre (like the stock wiget) as this concept may interfere with other app gestures like in infinity blade

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 08:34

11. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


Oh like multitasking on an HTC phone?

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 02:42 1

8. shikhar (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 Aug 2011)


The iPhone definitely needs new multitasking features much like the iPad has. The multitasking gestures work seamlessly on the iPad, and though the same would not work on the iPhone, implementation of new gestures on the iPhone would do world of good to it.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 03:37

9. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


maybe they should have a small dedicated multitasking button...my iPhone 4 had to get replaced 3 times because of the home button getting unresponsive.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 07:58 1

10. 1iam5mith (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I Think Apple Should Buy WebOS From Hp, And Replace The Home Button With The Button From The Touchpad, Press It Or Swype Up To Go Home And They Could Make It Swype Sideways To Switch Apps ... Also They Could Make The Multitasking Page Have "Cards" :)

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