In the beta os iOS 4.3, Apple included really nifty gestures that allowed users to switch between apps, and go back to the home screen with finger gestures. These included a 4 (or 5) finger swipe in apps, to switch between opened apps, and a 5 finger pinch to go back to the home screen. Although this was included in the beta of iOS 4.3, Apple had announced that it will not be included in the final version of iOS 4.3. However, from WWDC’11, Scott Forstall had mentioned that Multi-tasking gestures will be enabled again in the release of iOS 5. Users should be able to enable or disable this feature in the Settings app.
However, many users have also found out that this feature can actually be enabled in iOS 4.3, if you Xcode 4 (downloaded from the Mac App Store) to reformat your iPad as a development device. The biggest problem with using this method is that it would cost you $4.99 to purchase Xcode 4 from the Mac App Store, and many have actually spent their 5 bucks just to enable Multi-tasking Gestures on their iPads.
We then had a plomonet reader asking us to do a demo of how to enable Multi-tasking Gestures for free. Although iOS 5 will be coming this fall, we thought this method would be great for users who still want that feature before iOS 5 is released. Many users actually didn’t know this, but you could actually download Xcode 3, instead of Xcode 4, and enable the same features. Xcode 3 can be downloaded for free, and the link is below. Also check out the How-To video on how to enable the feature.
Please note that you will be needing a Mac to run this app.
Link to CNET download of XCode 3:
UPDATE: If the above CNET link is broken, try http://www.freemacware.com/apple-xcode-313
About the Author: Kenta Arai is a tech enthusiast who was born in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan. His passion towards technology began to develop as he grew up in Hong Kong, where technology had its solid place in the mass market. Arai became one of the most enthusiastic technophile student in his high-school, and was also well-known for consulting many of his school-mates when purchasing new computers. His expertise in the tech industry is focused on Apple Inc. and Google Inc.