iOS 14 may usher in a new era of iPhone multitasking

iOS 14 may finally usher in a new era of multitasking on the iPhone as shown in a new video from the usually-reliable Ben Geskin.

iOS 14 iPhone multitasking
iOS 14 iPhone multitasking (photo: 91mobiles.com)

91mobiles:

Apple is expected to bring about several significant changes to the iPhone lineup later this year with the iPhone 12 series. However, before that, there will be iOS 14 to look forward to at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2020 in June. Ahead of the conference, 91mobiles and noted tipster Ben Geskin are bringing to you the first look at the revamped iOS 14 multitasking view…

If we slow down the video at the 0:03-seconds mark, we can see that when you dismiss an app, it will show a lock opening. Notably, the lock doesn’t appear when the apps appear on the screen. It isn’t clear at the moment what the purpose of the lock might be, but an educated guess could be that the apps that are locked will be pinned so that they are not accidentally closed while swiping away in multitasking.

MacDailyNews Take: Of course, currently to switch between apps quickly with iOS 13 on iPhone users do this:

iPhone X and newer

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up and pause.
  2. Swipe left or right to view all the open apps.
  3. Tap the app you want to switch to it.

iPhone 8 and earlier

  1. Double-click the Home button to show your most recently used apps.
  2. Swipe left or right to view all the open apps.
  3. Tap the app you want to switch to it.

2 Comments

  1. Swiping up, then left/right reveals apps that were open recently rather than currently open.

    Also, rather futile to swipe left or right on a phone beyond 4 or 5 apps. While the iPad swiping function is much easier due to more screen area, seems something along those lines might prove more functional/usable.

    Invariably, swiping on the phone to the app I want proves futile as the app I don’t want, and appearing earlier in the swiping, is activated instead. That iphone swipe function needs to be rethought. Another example of Steve Job’s missing purview/poignant suggestions how to make any task much more user friendly/intuitive. Wish Apple would hire someone to oversee IOS development, who understands meaningful functionality and what existing functions clearly require better design to attain the high bar SJ set.

    1. Just saw the video (had to search on YouTube as the one posted would not play here in South Africa). If that is the next swiping generation, then that would match what I suggested as being more iPad like and much more functional!

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