iOS 4.3 multitasking gestures for iPad won't be enabled for customers
It looks like those dreamy new multitasking navigation gestures in iOS 4.3 -- pinch to return home, swipe sideways between apps, swipe up for the fast app switcher dock -- may not be making it into the release version, as the iOS 4.3 beta 2 notes say:
Of course anything can and will change between now and iOS 4.3's final release, but without these gestures the iPad version looks suddenly anemic compared to iPhone's personal hotspot update. And it begs the question -- if not now, when? Saving it for Scott Forstall to show off at the iOS 5 preview event in a couple months?
If you want to see what you may just be missing out on now, check out the video on our complete iOS 4.3 beta walkthrough... then sound off in the comments!
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Also, just because this isn't in 4.3 doesn't mean the iPad will be left out. This isn't just a 0.0.1 update, so there will be more than just bug fixes for the iPad. Just because the news hasn't leaked yet doesn't mean they don't exist.
The gestures were pretty cool, but the problem is that it severely limited developers capabilities. With the gestures in place, it essentially limited developers to tracking only three touches. Any more than that risked being misinterpreted by the OS as system gestures. This would take away a HUGE competitive edge for apple. If nothing else, it would set the iPad back against the competition.
It'd be funny to see it enabled, and then watch as they whine and b*tch that they can't play their games because of it.