iOS 5 Features For iPad: Multitasking Gestures And AirPlay Mirroring [Videos]

iOS 5

Apple unveiled iOS 5 at the WWDC 2011 Keynote address, which includes more than 200 new features such as iMessage, revamped Notifcation system, PC Free etc.

In addition to these new features, iOS 5 also includes features that are available only to iPad users such as Multitasking Gestures that were first introduced in beta version of iOS 4.3 and AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2.

Multitasking Gestures:

In iOS 5, iPad users will be able to use the four or five finger multitasking gestures to do the following:

  • Pinch to the Home screen
  • Swipe up to reveal multitasking bar
  • Swipe left or right between apps

This feature can be enabled via the Settings app (Settings –> General)

You can checkout the video that gives a demo of these new multitasking gestures in iOS 5:

AirPlay Mirroring:

Apple had introduced the AirPlay feature in iOS 4.2.1 late last year, that allows users stream audio and video content from any iOS-based device to the television via Apple TV 2G.

Then when it launched iPad 2, one of the new features introduced in Apple’s second generation iPad was video mirroring, which allows users to mirror slides, movies, photos or everything else that they see on the iPad 2 screen to a widescreen TV, video projection screen, or any HDTV compatible display using Apple’s new Digital AV Adapter accessory.

In iOS 5, Apple has combined the convenience of the two features into a killer feature called AirPlay Mirroring (available only on iPad 2), which allows users to wirelessly mirror everything that they see on the iPad 2 screen to an HDTV via Apple TV 2G.

As you can see in the video below, the AirPlay Mirroring feature transforms the iPad 2 (along with Apple TV 2G) into a gaming console:

Let us know what you think about these new iOS 5 features in the comment section below.