Apple just posted a new iOS 5 video on its YouTube channel. The video shows most of the features announced yesterday during the WWDC keynote, and then some.
For instance, the video shows that iOS 5 will allow users to define their own custom multi-touch gestures, and will finally offer the four/five finger gestures to allow users to switch between apps, or go back to the home screen (remember, the feature was part of the iOS 4.3 update, but it required a couple of tricks to be enabled, as the feature was meant to be tested by iOS developers only).
In Apple’s own words:
iOS 5 includes a few new moves and shortcuts to help you get around even quicker on your iPad: Using four or five fingers, swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar, pinch to return to the Home screen, and swipe left or right to switch between apps.
Most of the team here at PadGadget has been using the gestures for quite some time, and they work great. And if you can’t wait for the iOS 5 update to use them, you can always use this trick to enable them:
To enable the multitasking gestures, you will need a Mac, and Xcode, a piece of software published by Apple to help developers build apps for iOS. You can either use Xcode 3.2.6 (available for free on the iOS Dev Center, you just need to register), or download Xcode 4 from the Mac App Store, for $5.
Once Xcode is installed, fire it up, plug your iPad to your Mac, and a new window should pop up. Select your iPad on the left menu (under ‘Devices’), then click on the button labeled ‘Use for Development’. If you are asked to enter a developer username and password, enter the information you used when you registered on the iOS Dev Center, and if you do not have an iOS developer account, simply hit cancel, as you don’t need to be a registered developer to be able to enable multitasking gestures.
Unplug your iPad, go to the Settings app, and switch the ‘multitasking gestures’ tab to ‘ON’. Your iPad should now support multitasking gestures.