iPhones running iOS 14 will borrow the multitasking layout currently used by iPads, according to a reliable leaker.
This is apparently the first major leak about the next iPhone operating system, which is expected to be unveiled this June.
A new design for iOS 14 multitasking
Images and a video obtained by Ben Geskin and shared with 91mobiles show an iPhone 11 Max with background applications displayed in a grid, allowing users to choose which they want to bring to the foreground. This is how iPads handle multitasking. But not current iPhones — they display background apps side by side.
The leak includes a short video demonstrating that performance of this new system is quick on a test iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Geskin, the source for this unconfirmed report, has a positive reputation for leaking accurate details about Apple products long before their announcement. He was able to show the iPhone 11 months before the announcement, for example.
“This is not fake and not a jailbreak tweak,” Geskin tweeted. “This iPad style multitasking switcher (called Grid Switcher) on an iPhone is activated in internal settings on early iOS 14.0 internal build.”
Geskin wasn’t able to discover if iOS 14 taking on the iPad multitasking layout indicates that iPhones will also get side-by-side Split View multitasking. That’s a feature some have been asking for.
He also posted a screenshot showing an option to show the Grid Switcher or the Deck Switcher:
We won‘t know for sure what iOS 14 looks like until June, when Apple traditionally holds its Worldwide Developers Conference. Cupertino typically shows off its mobile system updates at the annual event for coders.