I’ve had to return three iPhones to the Apple store for the same problem since I began using the device in 2007. That problem was a faulty home button, which seems to be a common issue with Apple’s iOS devices after they’ve taken years of abuse.
This simple concept for a new iPhone gesture developed by Max Rudberg wouldn’t just prolong the life of the home button on your iPhone, but it would also improve the way in which we multitask on the device.
The iPad already has a similar gesture — simply swipe up with four fingers within any app and you can pull up the multitasking tray. However, trying to fit four fingers on your iPhone’s display isn’t easy. Rudgberg has developed an incredibly simply solution to this, which simply uses an “edge-based” gesture.
What that means is you swipe up from the bottom edge of your device with just one finger to open your multitasking tray — in the same way you swipe down to access Notification Center. Again, it’s incredibly simple, but for many users it would improve the way in which multitasking is done on the iPhone — and it would save wear and tear on that precious home button.
Rudberg has sent a feature request to Apple in the hope it may be introduced to the iPhone in the future. For those who don’t like it, he notes the feature could be toggled within the Settings app — just like the gestures on the iPad.
You may remember Rudberg from a concept we previously reported on that would allow iOS users to close apps by squeezing the sides of their device. His latest, however, could be much easier to implement and a great deal more popular, I think.
Would you like to see a gesture like this on the iPhone?