The original iPhone came with fantastic multitasking. From the very first demo of the very first iPhone by Steve Jobs in 2007, its ability to fade music out, take a phone call, grab a picture and email it, then return to the phone call, hang up, and fade right back into the music seemed miraculous to the crash-prone competition of the time. Then the App Store and iPad happened, and multitasking took a huge leap forward. Here's everything to know about multitasking on the iPhone and iPad, including our favorite tips, tweaks, and gestures to get you supercharged on the iPad in no time.
Thankfully, iOS 13.3 beta 1 seems to fix iOS 13.2's multitasking woes
Users of iOS 13.2 reported last week that their iPhones – and in some cases, iPads – were closing apps more frequently than usual. Some said that the issue rendered multitasking useless. Thankfully, it appears that iOS 13.3 beta 1 fixes the problem.
Everything you need to know about multitasking on your iPad
How do you use gesture navigation, slide over, split view, and picture-in-picture on your iPad? Here's everything you need to know!
How to use Slide Over and Split View on the iPad
Slide Over and Split View are easier to use than ever thanks to the Dock and drag and drop motions.
How to control HomePod with touch gestures
Siri might be the primary way you'll use HomePod, but there are still ways of controlling the speaker with touch.
How to use multitasking and fast app switching on iPhone X
Here's what you need to know about using multitasking and fast app switching on the iPhone X.
How to fix slow multitasking on iPhone and iPad
If you find that multitasking is slow on your iPhone or iPad, you might need to turn off the Accessibility Shortcut.
macOS 10.14 wish-list: Better Split View for Mac
Split View makes the Mac more productive — I'd love for Apple to make Split View more productive.
How to use Safari Split View on iPad
How do you open two browser windows, side-by-side, on your iPad? With the new Safari Split View!
Our long national Google Split View nightmare is over
Google has pushed out an update bringing the iPad’s Split View multitasking to Docs and Sheets. Hurrah.
How would you change iPad multitasking?
The original iPad ran "iPhone OS", which shows how tightly coupled Apple's tablets have been with their phones. A few multitasking navigation gestures aside, it remained that way until iOS 9 introduced several new features specifically for the iPad. That includes slide over and split view apps, and picture-in-picture video. They're a huge step forward, but also a first step. So what...
How to force quit apps on your iPhone or iPad
Multitasking on iOS now provides full on background processing for every app — and intelligently so! Most of the time you never have to even think about task management on an iPhone or iPad. But what happens when something goes wrong and you decide you want to kill an app and its processes? Easy! With the multitasking card view, you can close any app you want and, what's more, you can...
Access your favorite contacts in just two taps with iOS 8
If you're running iOS 8 on your iPhone or iPad, it's never been easier to access the contacts you call and message the most. From most recent contacts to the people you've got marked as favorites, iOS 8 makes it quicker and easier than ever to get in touch with them. How to access your favorite and most recent contacts in two taps with iOS 8 Double tap your Home button in order to...
5 amazing iOS 7 gestures: How to get more done faster!
iOS 7 includes even more gesture-based navigation shortcuts than ever, and that means, if you master them, you can navigate your apps, peek at information, and general get things done faster and more easily than ever before. Whether it's glancing or navigating back at your list in Mail or Messages, or moving through your Safari history, or flinging away tabs or entire apps, with iOS 7...
How to quit and kill (force quit) apps in iOS 7
From iOS 4 to iOS 6 you killed apps (force quit) apps by double clicking the Home button, holding down on the icons in the fast app switcher tray until they jiggled, and then tapped the X to shut them down. Now there's not fast app switcher any more, there a card view, and holding down creates no jiggles and presents no X. So how do you kill apps in the new, carded, iOS 7 world?
Top 5 secret gesture tips for: How to make Siri, Mail, Safari, Calendar, keyboard, faster!
See a button. Tap a button. That's easy. Does just what it says on the tin. But when it comes to long-presses, more complex gestures, and other advanced multitouch controls, they can be hard to discover, challenging to remember, and otherwise a pain in the apps. But man alive, can they make using your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad faster! And once you get the hang of their multi-touch...