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A new video of a white iPhone 4 claimed to be running a "test" build of iOS shows an Exposé-style multitasking interface, one that was originally planned for inclusion in iOS 4 but was ultimately scrapped.

Last March, AppleInsider was first to report that Apple would add multitasking support to iOS 4 with an interface much like Exposé on the Mac OS X operating system. In April, Apple did announce iOS 4 with multitasking, but task management was instead accomplished with a multitasking tray at the bottom of the screen more akin to the Mac's Dashboard interface.

People familiar with the matter later informed AppleInsider that while early builds of iOS 4.0 implemented the aforementioned Exposé-like interface, Apple in the weeks leading up to the software's introduction felt the experience of the feature wasn't up to snuff, and ordered it to be redesigned into its current form.

Now, on Tuesday, a new video claiming to show a "test version" of iOS was spotted by Engadget. The video shows an Exposé-like multitasking interface that gives a visual representation of open applications when switching between them.

Based on information from people familiar with Apple's software development, AppleInsider believes the software shown in the new videos may be an older version of iOS 4 never before seen in public. To support this, the video also shows the Voice Memos application with an older version of the application's icon, rather than the current blue representation.

Adding even more credibility to the authenticity of the video is its source: Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn. The same site has been the source of legitimate leaks in the past, obtaining a 13-inch MacBook last May before it was unveiled, as well as an iPhone 4 prototype.



The latest videos show a white iPhone 4, a device that has yet to be released, but is expected to arrive in the coming weeks. But the hardware in the videos is a prototype device, sporting 64GB of internal storage capacity.

The included version of iOS also has a slightly different interface when creating and naming folders in iOS 4. A quick scroll through the native Settings application also shows Facebook integration included with the mobile operating system.



The Exposé multitasking menu also includes a search bar at the top of the screen. On the current build of iOS, Spotlight search is invoked by scrolling the home screen to the left.

Aside from those minor tweaks and additional features, the software on the alleged prototype device looks largely the same as the iOS 4 that is currently available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Apple is expected to show off the next major update to its mobile operating system, iOS 5, at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, scheduled for June 6 through June 10 in San Francisco, Calif.
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In the second video at 1:18 I believe you can see "Springboard" listed.
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Much better than the current multi-tasking dock but the mechanism to close apps is messy. Why not just support the WebOS implementation of flicking them off the top of the screen which is much more intuitive. Same can be said of the stackable cards in place of Exposé. Apple should just bite the bullet and copy Palm like RIM did, it is great GUI design.
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Much better than the current multi-tasking dock but the mechanism to close apps is messy. Why not just support the WebOS implementation of flicking them off the top of the screen which is much more intuitive. Same can be said of the stackable cards in place of Exposé. Apple should just bite the bullet and copy Palm like RIM did, it is great GUI design.

Perhaps that might mess up law suits Apple is planning against look and feel copycats.
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NOOOOOOO.
Sucks we missed out on that. Much better than the tray and a global search.
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Wish I could understand what the heck he's saying, but you prett much get the just of it.
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That looks like a fullscreen Fast App Switcher some I’m confused why this is being called multitasking like those a definitely a list of all apps running in the background.

I don’t really care for that design. Don’t get me wrong, I like the larger FAS, but something seems really off about it. Plus, I’d much prefer the rest of the display area for the double-tap of the Home Button to show the iPod controls and other items I can choose from a list… like brightness, WiFi, etc.

I’m not a fan of the Lock Screen having the iPod controls on the top where my thumb can travel naturally but then if I’m in the phone the some double-tap brings up a little bar that then need to be slid to the right before I can access the iPod controls. I find myself first hitting the Sleep Button so I can double-tap the Home Button. That shouldn’t be the easier way to access iPod controls.
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NOOOOOOO.
Sucks we missed out on that. Much better than the tray and a global search.

It, or something better, may be coming in iOS5. We'll find out at WWDC I guess.

I wonder how/where you control the volume and portrait lock, not to mention the iPod controls.
-Only last night I saw an Apple ad in the UK reminding us how iPhone was the only smartphone with iPod built in so I can't believe we'll have to switch into the app to use the audio controls.
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Horrible UI.
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How is pressing an X to erase messy or unintuitive? Especially when pressing the X is how you already erase apps. Nowhere else in the iPhone user experience do you flick apps or pages off of the screen to erase them.

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Much better than the current multi-tasking dock but the mechanism to close apps is messy. Why not just support the WebOS implementation of flicking them off the top of the screen which is much more intuitive.
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Horrible UI.

Huh? High as kite, are why?
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That'll look better and make more sense on the iPad..

They should just use OSX Mission Control like for multitasking on the iPad..
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If this was for iOS4, then why on the home screen, the icons for Voice Recorder, and the Calc, the old pre-iOS4 icons?

I think this is a fake, was looking for Cydia on the screens.

Though a fake, (probably a fake white iPhone too...), the technique itself interesting. I like it better than what we have.
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If this was for iOS4, then why on the home screen, the icons for Voice Recorder, and the Calc, the old pre-iOS4 icons?

I think this is a fake, was looking for Cydia on the screens.

Though a fake, (probably a fake white iPhone too...), the technique itself interesting. I like it better than what we have.


Those are the same Vietnam guys that released the previous leaks, they have been right on in the past.

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I believe its real. They had an early version of the iPhone 4 last year. It was the real deal.

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Though a fake, (probably a fake white iPhone too...), the technique itself interesting. I like it better than what we have.
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Huh? High as kite, are why?

Actually, compared to the interface employed by webOS (and stolen by RIM and Microsoft), I also think Apple's UI for managing apps is weak. I guess they're too proud to simply license it - assuming HP would license it.
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Huh? High as kite, are why?

What?
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This is such an obvious fake, not sure why it is making the rounds. Know the biggest giveaway? There is no facetime button when he makes a phone call. It still has the hold button instead of it.
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Why must they license the webOS system, why can't they come up with a different one?

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I guess they're too proud to simply license it - assuming HP would license it.
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That looks like a fullscreen Fast App Switcher some Im confused why this is being called multitasking like those a definitely a list of all apps running in the background.

In all fairness, the multi-tasking and the app switching are integrated together both in the current implementation and in this one.

I'm not sure there is any good reason (unless one is an Android fan and under the age of 15 or so), to keep harping on what 'true" multi-tasking is (versus app switching), or which of the various implementations of multi-tasking on mobile OS's is "really" multi-tasking. Can't we just agree that multi-tasking is just using more than one program at a time and that all the various implementations we see are "multi-tasking" in that sense?

Personally, the only thing I like about this implementation is that it leaves the "left-swipe from the home screen" open for other uses.

If this is in fact an early discarded multi-tasking implementation, I would guess the reason it didn't make the cut was that the little "windows" onto the apps are mostly blank and mostly don't give you a good idea of what program they are associated with or what will happen when you delete them. The current system leaves no doubt at all as to what's going on. You see a list of running apps, and you can delete them.

My biggest wish is for them to implement the four/five finger multi-tasking gestures, at least for the iPad. Double-clicking the home button is problematic and fails a lot.

I don't see any good reason why they shouldn't implement them like, yesterday.
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Why must they license the webOS system, why can't they come up with a different one?

Personally, because I think Palm (and now HP) nailed it. Why waste time, money and effort on doing something different just for the sake of being different? Note that I'm not talking about licensing the entire webOS system. Just pay a stipend to be able to copy the look and feel of the multitasking management bits.

Apple may be a little too house proud. They've done so many things right for so long now, that perhaps they don't recognize when somebody else has out done them. In the example of multitasking, I think they made the correct choice in limiting background processes to only a few pre-determined functions, rather than letting apps do whatever they want in the background - and consuming the shared battery. Only their look and feel of managing those background apps needs to be improved.
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... Why not just support the WebOS implementation of flicking them off the top of the screen which is much more intuitive. ...

I'm not saying it isn't a good design, but I think you are wrong to call this "more intuitive."

How is it intuitive to flick something off screen? You don't know if you've deleted it, or just put it aside or what. And how do you get it back *onto* the screen? All of that stuff can probably be figured out buy the user over time, but it isn't "intuitive." It's an operation on an object with no feedback to the end user.

There is a reason Apple makes that silly little puff of smoke appear when you drag something off the dock. It tells the user what just happened.
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I hope Apple does something about how to close apps because sending apps in the background instead of closing them is a major source of instability for iOS. I think the home button should close apps and they need to find something else to send apps in the background for multitasking. To me iOS way to handle multitasking is very weak, and while on the subject so is itunes.

Most of the instability complaints in the app store reviews are related to people never closing down there apps in the multitasking bar.
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I hope Apple does something about how to close apps because sending apps in the background instead of closing them is a major source of instability for iOS. I think the home button should close apps and they need to find something else to send apps in the background for multitasking. To me iOS way to handle multitasking is very weak, and while on the subject so is itunes.

Most of the instability complaints in the app store reviews are related to people never closing down there apps in the multitasking bar.

In total agreement. It still ticks me off that none of my apps terminate by themselves. That I must click the home button, then double-click the home button again, then wade through the icons to find my app, then press and hold, and finally click on the app's X to terminate it. Stupid interface. Every single solitary app now needs a "close" button within the app. Or a new system wide function to terminate apps when closing them (as noted above).
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In all fairness, the multi-tasking and the app switching are integrated together both in the current implementation and in this one.

I'm not sure there is any good reason (unless one is an Android fan and under the age of 15 or so), to keep harping on what 'true" multi-tasking is (versus app switching), or which of the various implementations of multi-tasking on mobile OS's is "really" multi-tasking. Can't we just agree that multi-tasking is just using more than one program at a time and that all the various implementations we see are "multi-tasking" in that sense?

Personally, the only thing I like about this implementation is that it leaves the "left-swipe from the home screen" open for other uses.

If this is in fact an early discarded multi-tasking implementation, I would guess the reason it didn't make the cut was that the little "windows" onto the apps are mostly blank and mostly don't give you a good idea of what program they are associated with or what will happen when you delete them. The current system leaves no doubt at all as to what's going on. You see a list of running apps, and you can delete them.

My biggest wish is for them to implement the four/five finger multi-tasking gestures, at least for the iPad. Double-clicking the home button is problematic and fails a lot.

I don't see any good reason why they shouldn't implement them like, yesterday.

No. iOS does not do multitasking. I multitask on my Droid a lot. It's good to preserve clear definitions for terms.
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In all fairness, the multi-tasking and the app switching are integrated together both in the current implementation and in this one.

The only multitasking are the APIs Apple discussed and they are optional additions that devs can chose to include. The Fast App Switcher relays no information about which apps are still running in the background, its just a list of your apps in the order you last used them from left to right. You can test this by restarting your device then going to FAS. The same effect as accessing  » Recent Items on your Mac.
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I don't see how webOS has the be all to end all of app management systems. I agree its better than the current iOS system. But I wouldn't go as far as to say no one can come up with something better.

On top of that the interface guidelines in webOS are very different from iOS. Apple cannot suddenly introduce flicking gestures that break other interface guidelines that they've been following for four years.

Seeing that Apple is slowly adding functionality to iOS. We don't know what Apple is cooking up behind the scenes.

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Personally, because I think Palm (and now HP) nailed it. Why waste time, money and effort on doing something different just for the sake of being different? Note that I'm not talking about licensing the entire webOS system. Just pay a stipend to be able to copy the look and feel of the multitasking management bits.
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I'm not saying it isn't a good design, but I think you are wrong to call this "more intuitive."

How is it intuitive to flick something off screen? You don't know if you've deleted it, or just put it aside or what. And how do you get it back *onto* the screen? All of that stuff can probably be figured out buy the user over time, but it isn't "intuitive." It's an operation on an object with no feedback to the end user.

There is a reason Apple makes that silly little puff of smoke appear when you drag something off the dock. It tells the user what just happened.

I think it's more intuitive. I think the current method for terminating apps is stupid - and ugly.
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I hope Apple does something about how to close apps because sending apps in the background instead of closing them is a major source of instability for iOS. I think the home button should close apps and they need to find something else to send apps in the background for multitasking. To me iOS way to handle multitasking is very weak, and while on the subject so is itunes.

Technically, most apps are closed when they are put into the background. They only remain open if they are in the middle of doing something (loading a webpage, sending a text or email, uploading a photo, etc), and even then, they are only allowed a short amount of time before iOS closes them. Apps also use other methods to "stay open" without really being open and running constantly in the background.

They just seem to be open to the user, which is the point.
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I hope Apple does something about how to close apps because sending apps in the background instead of closing them is a major source of instability for iOS. I think the home button should close apps and they need to find something else to send apps in the background for multitasking. To me iOS way to handle multitasking is very weak, and while on the subject so is itunes.

Most of the instability complaints in the app store reviews are related to people never closing down there apps in the multitasking bar.

]In total agreement. It still ticks me off that none of my apps terminate by themselves. That I must click the home button, then double-click the home button again, then wade through the icons to find my app, then press and hold, and finally click on the app's X to terminate it. Stupid interface. Every single solitary app now needs a "close" button within the app. Or a new system wide function to terminate apps when closing them (as noted above).

Come on! It’s been a year since it’s been introduced. You guys should know that FAS is not a list of running apps.


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No. iOS does not do multitasking. I multitask on my Droid a lot. It's good to preserve clear definitions for terms.

iOS did multitasking from day one.
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Isn't the definition of multitasking the ability to perform multiple functions at the same time? Does iOS not do this?

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No. iOS does not do multitasking. I multitask on my Droid a lot. It's good to preserve clear definitions for terms.
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No. iOS does not do multitasking. I multitask on my Droid a lot. It's good to preserve clear definitions for terms.

Yes, iOS does indeed do multitasking. It's just a limited list of functions allowed to process in the background. I won't bicker if you want to talk about "true" multitasking, but iOS does multitask.
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This is such an obvious fake, not sure why it is making the rounds. Know the biggest giveaway? There is no facetime button when he makes a phone call. It still has the hold button instead of it.

Hardly a giveaway. It's a pre-release version, it could easily be a version where FT wasn't included or finished.
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What are you talking about. Those apps are not running, they are just in a frozen state. Which is why some people complain that iOS cannot do real multitasking.

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In total agreement. It still ticks me off that none of my apps terminate by themselves. That I must click the home button, then double-click the home button again, then wade through the icons to find my app, then press and hold, and finally click on the app's X to terminate it. Stupid interface. Every single solitary app now needs a "close" button within the app. Or a new system wide function to terminate apps when closing them (as noted above).
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On top of that the interface guidelines in webOS are very different from iOS. Apple cannot suddenly introduce flicking gestures that break other interface guidelines that they've been following for four years.

Apple owns flicking gestures. They're the ones that pretty much showed the rest of the world what you could do with finger gestures. They can certainly use them in a different way than they already have. Geez, it seems like every week they come up with some new multi-fingered gesture to use for some function or other. Now use 5 fingers and 2 toes to flick left and bring up Dashboard (for example).
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What are you talking about. Those apps are not running, they are just in a frozen state. Which is why some people complain that iOS cannot do real multitasking.

It's effing ugly, whether the apps are "running" or not. It's lazy programming on Apple's part. If the app isn't doing anything, Apple should automatically remove it from the list of apps.
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Apple owns flicking gestures.

Obviously they do not own every possible combination of flicking gesture. Nowhere in iOS do you flick apps or pages off of the screen to erase them or move them somewhere else.

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They can certainly use them in a different way than they already have. Geez, it seems like every week they come up with some new multi-fingered gesture to use for some function or other. Now use 5 fingers and 2 toes to flick left and bring up Dashboard (for example).

They come up with new flicking gestures for new functions that iOS did not have before. They don't introduce flicking gestures that break or conflict with previous interface guidelines. This is especially crucial because developers are following Apple's interface guidelines in the functionality of their apps.
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Come on! Its been a year since its been introduced. You guys should know that FAS is not a list of running apps..

The apps in the list are suspended or running depending on their background task functionality.

Skype = running
Internet Radio = running
Apple apps = running

Other apps are suspended and open to the last used screen not a default new launch state.

Also Facebook is running for notifications even when it is not in the list.

I know you know that.

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What are you talking about. Those apps are not running, they are just in a frozen state. Which is why some people complain that iOS cannot do real multitasking.

Something is going on with those frozen apps because any time I have a problem with an app not starting up properly or freezing up, all I have to do is go into the multitasking UI and kill the apps. After that, whatever app was giving me a problem works fine.
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