New concept video shows multiple iPad apps running on screen at once

By , Apr 25, 2012

This isn’t exactly what I envisioned when I created a concept for MultiLayer iPad app functionality a few weeks ago, but it’s certainly a start.

After speaking at length with iOS developer Kyle Howells — the brains behind the awesome jailbreak tweak CardSwitcher — he graciously agreed to compile a specialized version of said tweak, which allows users to interface with multiple iPad apps on the same screen.

This means that it’s entirely feasible to play games while watching your Twitter timeline, or check your stock prices while browsing the web via Safari — all from the same iPad.

Running multiple apps on-screen simultaneously has been a dream of many iPad owners. We’ve seen similar concepts from Kyle in the past, so I’m confident that if anyone could pull this off, it would be him. Check inside for a demonstration video of the concept tweak in action…

Bear in mind that this is just a concept tweak to show off the potential of the idea. I had the tweak running on a jailbroken iPad 2, and it ran fairly smoothly. It would undoubtedly perform even better on the iPad 3, and the Retina display would be much more adequate when it comes to discerning small text from the reduced app windows.

Kyle has big ambitions when it’s all said and done; this is more of a proof of concept than anything else. We’ve witnessed similar ideas from other developers before, but after speaking to Kyle I think it’s entirely possible that he could be the first one to bring such an idea to fruition.

What do you think? Would you use a jailbreak tweak that allowed you to use multiple iPad apps simultaneously? Sound your opinion in the comments below.

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  • http://twitter.com/iFunked  Ross 

    Love the duckstep :p great concept too, hope it makes its way to cydia!

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if iOS 6 will incorporate this type of multitasking. Or will we have to wait for iOSX?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=563272774 Kieran Black

    Yes please, just need that 5.1 untether as well

    • http://twitter.com/christodouluke Luke Christodoulou

      I don’t think there’s a single article on idb without a comment about the next jailbreak.

      I’m on the the side of waiting for the next major iOS release. 5.1 is similar enough to 5.0.1 to make it worth waiting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jude-Palermo/100002164977772 Jude Palermo

    I’d use it hell yeah. Break it down.. It all boils down to source code. Stretch screen “a” to left screen “b” to right. Bada bing Bada boop

  • http://twitter.com/NinjaPervert Brandon Vargas

    I would like something like this. Except without those spaces from the wallpaper. Like you can make it the size you want and if landscape or upright. Make it your way. that would be awesome. Like… twitter on 1 side and then safari next to it. That benice

  • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

    You have the best videos ever

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shu-Tse/100003031122741 Shu Tse

    Live coverflow is the way to go, just thinking practicalitywise. I’m superserial.

  • http://twitter.com/neoteckteck Jinteck

    This is the reason why i love iOS!

  • Anonymous

    This would make sense if the smaller apps then dynamically took on iPhone UIs as they got smaller.

  • http://twitter.com/F0X0ID Fred

    Sounds Great!!!
    Would so get it but 5.1 untether first

  • http://twitter.com/F0X0ID Fred

    Duckstep!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

    Ab. So. Lutely.

  • http://twitter.com/The_Malik Malik Davis

    ahhhh it’s tweaks like these that are making me reconsider about buying a iPad. STOOOP! I just bought a Macbook lol

  • Anonymous

    Welcome to Android Onskreen Technology.

  • http://twitter.com/JerryWarmerdam Jerry Warmerdam

    haha, thats totally something else than your normal video’s

  • http://twitter.com/christodouluke Luke Christodoulou

    I like the look of this, I would want to be able to run two apps as well as four.

    It looks like that concept of running two iPhone apps together on an iPad from a while back. Never made its way to the public, what a shame.

  • Anonymous

    that is cool as hell but on the ipad 3 will have enough ram to make it wrk right..

  • http://twitter.com/CJosueRuiz Josue Ruiz

    Oh god I’d love it.

  • http://twitter.com/TheNajiBrothers Air Genius

    Can you call your “homeboy” and tell him to release it ?? Just make it full screen and have it done tonight Jeff thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/TheNajiBrothers Air Genius

    Nice vid!

  • http://JailbrokenTips.com/ Max

    Nice tweak! Apple could incorporate to iOS 6…

  • http://www.facebook.com/hytaeju Tae Ju Jang

    I need this concept with my iPad! What do you guys think?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenny.domingcil Kenny Domingcil

    I can’t find this At cydia when will this tweak coming out