On the surface, the latest iPhone 3.2 Beta 4 SDK didn’t have much new information.  Diving a little deeper however, we find some very exciting news.  In the gestures folder, you’ll see two new types of commands (3Tap.plist and LongPress.plist) that are certainly not implemented in the current 3.1 iPhone SDK.  Apple is likely allowing […]
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More Gestures Coming in Next iPhone OS – Hopefully Some for Use with Multitasking

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On the surface, the latest iPhone 3.2 Beta 4 SDK didn’t have much new information.  Diving a little deeper however, we find some very exciting news. 

In the gestures folder, you’ll see two new types of commands (3Tap.plist and LongPress.plist) that are certainly not implemented in the current 3.1 iPhone SDK. 

Apple is likely allowing developers to use these capabilities in the next versions of the OS.  We might even see these in the shipping version of the iPad.  

That’s an excerpt from a recent article at 9to5Mac, on new gestures that look like they’ll be coming to the iPhone OS soon.

I like the idea of more gestures to use on the iPhone.  Thomas did a post asking if we could have some more back in August of last year, and I’m sure this is Apple’s direct response to that post. 🙂

It also strikes me that perhaps the new gestures mentioned above, or other new ones, could be used with some lovely new multitasking / app switching capabilities in OS 4.0.  Those of us who jailbreak are already accustomed to making use of several new gestures to pull up app switching tools or similar – gestures like swipes down from the top of the screen or up from the bottom, swipes across the very bottom or very top of the screen, tap and hold on the status bar, and more.

These additional gestures work well, are easy to get used to, and help extend the power of the iPhone’s user interface.  I hope we’ll see these new ones and more put to use with app switching and multitasking very soon.

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