New iOS Concept Shows Off Faster App Switching


UI Designer, Sentry of the Auxo fame has just published a short video mockup of a new app switching concept.

Sentry explains:

The concept is to allow for instantaneous app switching, via a simple swipe up from the bottom (splitting the screen). Without lifting your finger/thumb, you swipe to one of your recently used apps, release, and jump into it in one swoop.

Currently, switching between apps using the app switcher or multitasking bar is not very efficient. You have to double-click the Home button to access the multitasking bar, swipe the multitasking bar to see more apps and then tap on the app you want to use it.

Zephyr makes it easier to access the app switcher using gestures, but it still doesn’t seem to be the most efficient way to switch between apps as you still need to swipe the multitasking bar to see more apps and then tap on an app to use it.

The ability to access the multitasking tray and selecting the app with a single gesture that has been shown in this concept is quiet clever, but I would prefer to see previews of the apps along with the name of the app rather than the app icon with a split screen preview when you hover over it.

Let me know what you think of this app switching concept in the comments.

Via: Dribbble

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  • Joe Honse

    I really don’t understand the need to see more than the icon.

    • Axenory

      I guess they want to make it easier for elders too.. I can see they not recognizing apps for their icon only

  • Kimk69

    Looks good. No previews though. It’s just fluff to me.
    I’d definitely like to try this out.

    • iPhoneHacks

      Prefer previews to icons, but looks like I’m in the minority :)

      • ffac789

        I prefer previews myself as well. :)

  • Sebastian Rasch

    Yep that’d be cool but I have the feeling that innovating is not Apple’s strong side anymore.

  • razielpr

    apple is looking more android every day i can do that on my gs3.

  • Richard Skyes

    Why not a notification center like switcher where you drag a menu up from the bottom? It would allow for multiple rows of icons or previews and it would be simple to access from anywhere

    • PasserBy

      You can set your switcher to do that now using activator.

      Auxo set up this way works great.

  • D4

    Problem is multitasking can be slow to load up by pressing home button, on way to actually achieve this would be a screen grab that animates to look like its running but pressing the app u want could still take loading time, for instance cydia, when going back to it, it loads again..

  • Name

    Looks awesome, would love to see it happen

  • Michel Kuik

    I don’t like it.

    In an esthetic way it looks like the screens are broken, as they are cut in the middle.
    Also, I doubt if the need to see more than the icon is that big.

  • Pacomacman

    Sorry, don’t like the design of this one… too invasive, would require apps to be frozen whilst screen is parted. All round bad design.

  • Damian W

    what developer should do is to invest more time in developing Auxo. For example, they should include the big card live previews once you slide finger on the icons in the switcher. Sort of like cardSwitcher+Auxo.

  • Damian W

    Zenbar, the new concept is a way to go for the next step in switcher tweaks.

  • snipey36

    Until apple makes eliminates the lag between app switching this tweak will only lead to the same end as ipads four finger sideways swipe,… You get to the app faster, but it still needs to load a sec before you can interact with it,…something that you never notice by going through the mt bar