iOS 8 concept shows realistic merging of Control Center and multitasking

iOS 8 concept shows realistic merging of Control Center and multitasking
One of our biggest complaints when it comes to concept renders is when the designers forgo rational thinking about what is realistically possible either within the realm of hardware, or even what is realistically possible given a company's ethos. For example, we hate smartwatch designs that forget that these devices need battery power, or designs that push iOS to be more like Android or Android to be more like iOS. This time, we're seeing a concept for iOS 8 that has a very realistic feel to it.

The concept comes from designer Bill Labus who says that he finds "double-clicking the home button to be irritating" when trying to access the multitasking menu for iOS, so he has come up with an elegantly simple solution to fix that issue - he has merged the multitasking menu with the Control Center. This means that instead of double-tapping the home button, you simply swipe up from the bottom of the display to pull up a unified screen that holds both the Control Center on the bottom and your list of open apps on top. 

It certainly seems like a faster option, and gesture controls are usually more user-friendly than buttons that work double (or triple) duty, like the iOS home button does now. As it stands, if you tap the home button, you get to your home screen; holding the home button brings up Siri (on compatible devices); and, double-tapping brings up the multitasking menu. Apple tends to prefer simplicity, so Labus' design makes more sense from that standpoint. We approve!

source: MacRumors



1. giper54

Posts: 13; Member since: May 06, 2010

That's not an original idea. BlackBerry 10 already does that.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

We can't tell since no one use blackberries.

5. ilkinandr92

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

maybe you can tell that Samsung already has round Icons and next thing you gonna say they stole it from iPhones

15. irvinkeith

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

I'm sorry but this comment just made me laugh so hard LOL!!!!!!

2. haney.alsaaidy

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

Good idea

3. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013


6. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

That just sounds like a usability nightmare. I accidentally pull up the little menu on my iPad way too often when browsing the web. I can't imagine a design that actually pulls me out the app when that happens!

7. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

picky picky. fine, you can keep using your windows xp tablet.

10. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Just saying this would not be an improvement to my "XP tablet" ;)

14. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

lol, point taken.

8. wilsong17 unregistered

multi tasking really i must be dreaming

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31670; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sweet apple do that.

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2392; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Michael, you're typically one of the more credible journalist and writers on this site. I didn't expect a trash piece about some fan's unrealistic concept idealistic show off of something that will never exist in the official product, from you.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31670; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude shutup for crying out loud. This is a tech site man, stop whining all the time. That's all u do.

13. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

I honestly want a iphone with a metro look but of course they copied so much from windows already. But still I like my ios apps in a metro look. Still love WP and nokia tho. Hard to choose when the new phones come out!

16. samirsshah

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

Double clicks should be avoided.

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