OS Experience on Cydia will change the way we manage our iPad apps. We spoke to developer Evan Swick to hear more on features, release dates and pricing.
OS Experience for Cydia, an upcoming tweak for jailbreak users, aims to solve an issue that has been around 'since the dawn of iOS'; true multitasking.
This ambitious project began 'nearly a year ago', and looks set to completely change the way we manage our iOS apps and windows.
We spoke to jailbreak developer and OS Experience creator Evan Swick to find out more about this upcoming multitasking tool.
Evan had a busy 2013. After releasing his first jailbreak tweak on Cydia back in April, Beacon, he began work on his next project, Native QR. The talented developer told Phonecruncher that inspiration for OS Experience struck during his time on vacation.
I looked at my iPad and wondered why I still needed a Mac when the iPad has nearly the same, but less powerful internals. That was my inspiration.
"I had to go on vacation, but I wasn't able to bring my MacBook to work [on Native QR]. Being a 17" computer, it doesn't fit well! I looked at my iPad and wondered why I still needed a Mac when the iPad had nearly the same, but less powerful internals. That was my inspiration".
Fast forward to 2014 and the release of OS Experience is in sight. Evan's jailbreak tweak allows users to open and resize multiple application windows on their iPad.
Evan teases OS Experience on his Twitter page, showing off multitasking features.
The developer told Phonecruncher: "Normally, iOS only allows one app to be used at a time. OS Experience allows you to minimize apps like you would on a desktop computer, into resizable windows that can be moved around the screen".
"This way, you can place apps side-by-side on the screen and use more than one at a time".
When the OS Experience switcher is launched, windows are able to be moved from one desktop space to the next. At the top, a live preview of all the spaces is shown, which we were told allows for 'quick check-ins' on an app’s status.
Evan told us he was proud of the tweak's 'spaces' feature, which is based on Mac OS X and the concept of desktops and app having 'their own individual space'.
He said: "By sliding with four fingers to the left or right, you can switch the space you are currently in. This allows you to keep your workflow more organized. Multiple desktop spaces can be created, allowing you to seperate window groups from each other".
OS Experience users can manage their windows by changing their position and resizing.
"I commonly use one desktop space for windows that have to do with news, like Twitter and Feedly. I also have another desktop space for music apps. With OS Experience, I can have these apps running, but the apps that I'm not currently using in the background are still readily accessible if I need to switch a song, for example".
Evan told us that OS Experience has been a solo project, but progress wouldn't have been possible without the help of the IRC server community over at irc.Saurik.
Another feature Evan was keen to mention was Mission Control implementation.
He said: "I wouldn't be able to use OS X without it, and so I was eager to bring the same essential feature to iOS. Overall, I'm very happy with the result".
Although an initial release is around the corner, work will continue on OS Experience, the developer told Phonecruncher.
The tweak is still in the Beta stage, so I'm working out a few bugs, but I plan on submitting it to BigBoss within the next week or two.
"I will continue to improve on OS Experience as long as I keep finding more features that I myself would use".
So just how much will OS Experience cost users? $9.99, Evan told Phonecruncher.
The developer also gave us a release date, revealing: "The tweak is still in the Beta stage, so I'm working out a few bugs, but I plan on submitting it to BigBoss within the next week or two".
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