Yesterday, we reported that in the first beta of iOS 5, Apple had removed gesturing functionality from first-gen iPad owners, making it impossible to navigate between apps on Apple’s breakout tablet with iOS 5’s four- and five-finger multitouch gestures.
Here’s the good news. You can get them back. The bad news? It takes a jailbreak to get it done.
Reader Dan Star wrote to us to tell us that as long as you’re willing to jailbreak your original iPad under iOS 5, it’s pretty trivial to restore gesturing: all you need to do is open the K848AP.plist and add this to get gesturing working perfectly:
iOS 5’s omission of gesturing for original iPad’s is one of the most puzzling aspects of the beta: is it planned software obsolescence on Apple’s part, or is it a simple bug? Clearly, the iPad 1 can handle gesturing just fine.
Anyway, give it a try and tell us how it works out for you!