Auxo Designer Shows Off Awesome New App Switching Concept For iPhone [Video]

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Auxo, a wonderful app switcher from interface designer Sentry, has become a must-have tweak for jailbroken iPhones since it hit Cydia back in December. But it seems Sentry has plenty of other ideas up his sleeve when it comes to improving the multitasking experience on iOS.

He’s released a new concept for switching between apps on the iPhone that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Check out the video below.

In Sentry’s latest concept, the app switcher doesn’t appear from the bottom of the screen as it normally would; instead, an upward swipe with one finger splits the app you’re using in half, then displays the app switcher down the center of the display. You can then swipe left or right to see settings toggles and media controls. It sounds crazy, but it looks pretty awesome.

It’s unclear whether Sentry’s new concept, which doesn’t yet have a name, will turn into a jailbreak tweak like Auxo did. But I’m sure if it receives plenty of positive feedback, then the tweak will happen.

I can see that it could be a little difficult to get used to, however. I’ve never been a big fan of tweaks that utilize such simple, one-fingered gestures — such as Zephyr. I find myself doing things I didn’t mean to do — such as closing an app or bringing up the multitasking tray — when I just intended to scroll down a website or jump in Temple Run.

What do you think of Sentry’s latest concept?

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  • Cortney Sauk

    Great work! This guy has some awesome artistic ideas, but I’d like to see something from him that’s more useful. Redesigning something that’s already pretty simple just makes it more complicated than it needs to be. Let see some concept work for how the springboard can be completely redesigned…

    Also of note, I deleted Auxo since it doesn’t play well with others and seemed to crash my iPhone 4 more often than not. The idea behind the mini preview was an interesting one, but after using it for a while and then switching back I couldn’t see a need for it. Everything else I just used Jukebox, NCSettings and LockInfo 5 for.

  • Daniel Hertlein

    I’d have to play around with this to see if it actually works better than Auxo, but it sure does look cool. I agree completely with what you said about gesture confusion in Zephyr but it looks like this uses the exact same gesture as the one to trigger Auxo now and it’s always worked fine for me.

  • Paul Herron

    Why not just have the bar going along the bottom as it is now… no need to confuse users. This is just distracting. Besides… it would be awkward to reach your thumb to the top of the screen.

    Seen this nice one earlier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv-r9UTGri4

    It’s still over-complicated, but a big step in the right direction!

  • Eurofag

    I liked Auxo but this is ugly, obtrusive and not Apple-like at all.

  • technochick

    I liked Auxo but this is ugly, obtrusive and not Apple-like at all.

    Half the point of jailbreak tweaks is to be not Apple like.

    And I agree that this is ugly

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