New iPad jailbreak tweak ‘Quasar’ allows for true iPad window based multitasking [Video]

By , Apr 28, 2012

A new $9.99 jailbreak tweak was released for the iPad today on Cydia, and it goes by the name of Quasar.

Quasar is a tweak that’s exclusive to jailbroken iPad’s, and it allows you to have a true window based multitasking session with your iPad.

As you know we’ve been fairly adamant about a true multitasking solution for the iPad for quite some time now, so we’re excited to see what Quasar can do for iPad users.

Full story and video walkthrough inside…

I’ve had the opportunity to play with Quasar for a while, and I’ve come to the conclusion that this could be a significant jailbreak tweak for the future.

It still has a few bugs and glitches to work out, but I’m thoroughly impressed with its functionality thus far.

Opening up multiple windows, dragging them, and making them full screen, all performed really well on my iPad 2 from a pure performance standpoint.

Granted, there were a few bugs with the orientation (apps kept wanting to open up upside down), which required me to use the rotate button to orient them. I also encountered a few instances where the apps would be stuck in portrait mode, while the drag handle at the bottom remained landscape oriented. Lastly, if the handle at the bottom of the app somehow makes its way off screen, there’s no real way to recover that app, you have to restart the app completely.

My next gripe with Quasar isn’t really the developer’s fault at all. It’s the fact that small windows just don’t work on the iPad 2′s non-retina display. I have a feeling that once we get an iPad 3 jailbreak, this will work gloriously. In the meantime, it’s just really difficult to discern smaller text as a result of the reduced windows.

When taking everything into consideration, Quasar simply isn’t very practical in day to day use. Don’t get me wrong, it’s one of the most amazing and ambitious jailbreak tweak I’ve ever seen for the iPad, or iPhone for that matter, but I just can’t see myself gaining much practical benefit out of its current implementation.

If the developer adopted an option that was more in line with my MultiLayer concept, then I could see it being more useful. I’m not saying this just because I made that concept design, I just think that’s the best setup for multi window multitasking on such a small screen. I think two side-by-side windows are the maximum amount of windows to derive any real benefits. As it stands, the iPad just lacks the necessary screen real estate (and pixels for the iPad 2 or original iPad) to make it very useful in real world usage.

With all that being said, if you want to impress your friends, I mean really impress them, then feel free to drop $9.99 (BigBoss repo) for Quasar. In its current iteration, I believe it’s only useful as a technical demo. With some bug fixes, and a fleshing out of the idea, I could see Quasar as being a must have jailbreak tweak, and in fact, a reason alone to jailbreak — especially for the retina enabled iPad 3.

What about you?

Update: after speaking with the developer — Pedro Franceschi — he says he’s actively working on bug fixes for the next release, and he’s also working on adding Bluetooth keyboard support, which should make things even more interesting. Stay tuned!

Update 2: Quasar has been updated to fix the orientation bugs. It now works just like you would expect, and is much more usable this time around. If you have Quasar, be sure to head over to Cydia to update to the latest version 1.0.1. For the record, I’ve notice that the majority of the orientation issues are fixed, but I still experience a problem with Cydia always appearing upside down. Let me know what you guys find.

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  • http://twitter.com/EthanBB SK.i-Net

    Jeff, please make a video about this tweak :)

    • http://www.youtube.com/myjailbreakmovies/ Jeff Benjamin

      Should be up within the next 5 minutes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003172597133 Ecc Thanh

    first !! but mine is iPad 2 (5.1) so yea.

  • http://twitter.com/pw5a29 Philip

    Was this your idea Jeff?

    • http://www.youtube.com/myjailbreakmovies/ Jeff Benjamin

      No, I guess it’s just a big coincidence. Hehe…

      • http://twitter.com/GuyBey0ndC00L eDDie

        Has far has the orientation screens go. If its in portrait mode all my screens would be locked to portrait. Landscape mode all screen locked to landscape. Add an Auto Aline and Auto Rearrange feature for the Multi Screens. The more apps you open the smaller the screens. Double Tap or 3 finger tap Screen opens in full screen. 5 fingers “close hand” brings you back to multi screen. Home is home. That’s would I would do. 

  • Kok Hean

    $9.99?!

    • Asger Drewsen

      Seems like a *very* fair price actually.

      • Kok Hean

        True

  • Luke Row

    I hope you’re getting some sort of commission for this app Jeff.

    • http://www.youtube.com/myjailbreakmovies/ Jeff Benjamin

      Hah….

  • Luis Finke

    genius

  • Dan

    so this is for New iPad or it works on iPad 2?

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

      It is for the second one. And commission.. No, I doubt he gets anything.

  • http://twitter.com/hxclos Carlitos 

    I hope it comes with a trial

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000828568325 Richard Joseph

    A review please jeff

  • http://twitter.com/doumi94444 Doumi

    where is the jailbreak of the new ipad :(

    • Anonymous

      Congratulations on making yourself look a complete dick, it still surprises me how people can be that dumb to ask the same question over and over when it comes to jailbreaking.

      • Anonymous

        Chill off, all he did was ask a question.

  • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 Rudolf Lichtner

    Bought it to test it out. It has WAY too many bugs.

    • http://www.youtube.com/myjailbreakmovies/ Jeff Benjamin

      There are bugs, but you’ve gotta admit, he’s definitely on to something. The bugs will likely be fixed. It’s pretty impressive. I just tried a game, and it runs like butter, sound and all.

      • Anonymous

        On to what? Copying something from another OS and the same OS that for the rest of the time you Apple fanboys slag off and basically say is shit? I call that hypocrisy.

      • http://twitter.com/MattGregg97 Matt ッ

        I hate to admit it, but you’re right

      • Anonymous

        APPLE Macs have multitasking.

      • Falk M.

        Yeah, because a) everyone of us is bashing and b) the reason “we” bash is that particular feature.

        Only seeing black and white and jumping to conclusions – your way of thinking?

      • Anonymous

        What other mobile OS utilizes multiple “windows” on the same screen space? Mobile OSes are currently a totally different thing from computer OSes, so what this guy is doing is something new for the mobile OS world. However, you’re just comparing douchebags to oranges. They’re different…well unless you change your avatar to an orange, then that would be an exception.

      • http://twitter.com/klau1001 KLau

        window multitasking is copying other os…
        ok, fine
        can tell which os first use window multitask? all computer included of coz

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathanentwistle Nathan Entwistle

    What happens when the keybord pops up? Does it take full screen or just the small window?

    • http://www.youtube.com/myjailbreakmovies/ Jeff Benjamin

      Just the small window. Each window is its own self contained environment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001472777535 Ahmad Jamal

    jeff when the iOS 5.1 jailbreak for 4s come
    plz answer me

    • http://www.youtube.com/myjailbreakmovies/ Jeff Benjamin

      I don’t know. I wouldn’t get your hopes up for it happening anytime soon though.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001472777535 Ahmad Jamal

        thx man u are the best . i hope it come soon

        just u know im from iraq and there are thousand of people have apple protect

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Renan-Benattidias/100000695661745 Renan Benattidias

    You could say that the developer Pedro franceschi is Brazilian… :)

  • http://twitter.com/freemanrepo Majd Alfhaily

    Well, I see this is the most interesting tweak for iPad yet! well-done

  • Dan

    Seems fun to play with, but I don’t really see the point of paying 10$ for this. The size of the screen on a iPad makes it irrelevant to have several windows open in my opinion.

    • Anonymous

      It amuses me because this sort of feature would have been insulted by the fanboy masses had it been discussed but now all of a sudden it’s on an Apple device and it’s somehow an amazing feature, next people will be saying Apple actually developed this idea and Microsoft stole it from them.

      • http://www.youtube.com/myjailbreakmovies/ Jeff Benjamin

        I wouldn’t go that far. It’s amazing primarily because a guy probably sat in his basement and created this by himself. That’s what’s so amazing more than anything else, if you ask me.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1507068701 Jorit Studer

        I would really like to see an impletation of task bar for Quasar… to minmize and full screen them apps would be so handy ; )

      • http://www.facebook.com/ishaanmalhotra92 Ishaan Malhotra

        Will it ever come on the iphone?? Its a really useful tweak

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1507068701 Jorit Studer

    I have only on question about this tweak. I’m already impressed by your video and for people complaining about them bugs, seriously this is version 1.0 so what do u expect? He could of kept this forhimself intil he got them bugs erased so feel lucky plz..

    So my question : HOW IS THE RAM USES WITH THIS TWEAK, ARE U GUYS EXPIRENCING CRACHES?

  • Tech_Advancement

    Jeff … How come u don’t show ur face in ur own videos? and it does matter by the way :)

    • Anonymous

      Probably because we watch Jeff’s videos to see great jailbreak tweaks in action. Not to admire his pretty face :)

  • http://twitter.com/TheNinjaCEO Justin Shum

    Amazing! Hope they work out all the bugs and I will buy for sure!!

  • Anonymous

    Jeff maybe another tweak you are using is interfering with Quasar?

  • http://twitter.com/hxclos Carlitos 

    Besides bug fixes, just needs a zoom in option and it would pretty much be perfect

  • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

    Thanks for the video Jeff, well done as always.
    (Though, I think from around the 3m mark to 5m mark could be cropped.)

    I’d probably buy this right now if the jailbreak for iPad3 was out, but I don’t think I’d have enough use for it on my iPad1. Looking forward to where this and that proof-of-concept from the other day goes.

    • http://www.youtube.com/myjailbreakmovies/ Jeff Benjamin

      You know, you’re right. It was about two minutes too long. I’ve been on some serious cold medicine, so I think I just kinda zoned out during the shooting. Sorry about that.

      • Sina

        @JeffBenjam I like, how truthful you are. :-)

        “Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”

        Keep up the good work, bro.

      • http://twitter.com/huijian2 huijian

        jeff,i am just good at Chinese,sorry.
        首先,使用它后,许多手势都实效.比如,在状态栏滑动模拟按一个主屏幕手势.第二它和zephyr和springround等插件冲突.第三内存占用太大.我觉得作者应该指出不兼容的插件或者去改进它.第四,cydia方向问题仍然没有得到解决.目前看起来它并不值这个价钱.

  • Falk M.

    I need this for my iPhone.
    Simply for the moments when I want to watch a video and do some surfing/chatting at the same time.
    Or when I want to have Safari and my note taking app open simultaneously.

    Not everyone has shitty eye sight and/or an iPad :P
    So why not at least be able to if you want that?
    Shit, there’s way more useless crap on Cydia, why does no body love multiwindows on iPhone? :@

    • Travis

      Apple didn’t withhold multitasking because of eye sights. They did it because background apps and multitasking are battery killers.

      • Falk M.

        I was talking specifically about video + apps.
        Also, it’s a scaling problem, because apps would need a second layout mode that would allow some space to be sacrificed.
        IMHO the 4″ screen and every app being 3.5″ compatible would be a good starting point now.

        And yes, true multitasking isn’t there for battery reasons, but that’s for multitasking in general and just a second reason against video + apps.
        One more would be eye sight and of course, the layout problem, which seems solved atm as long as all apps are compatible with at least 3.5″ and hence, Apple could tap that potential by making apps run in 3.5″ mode when you multiwindow with videos, something like a widget, …

        So yeah, actually, multitasking = no due to battery
        multiwindows = no due to multitasking (and hence battery), but also readability.

        I wouldn’t have liked (but probably still have used) a stamp sized Safari on my iPhone 4 personally, you know, but it would have created some opportunity which now makes more sense on the iPhone 5.

  • http://twitter.com/DanielDuta Daniel Duta

    The way i see things, this developer of the tweak has proved that opening apps in windows on an iPad is possible, but has yet realized to prove the usefulness of the tweak. What most users don’t seem to realize is what they are buying/using/see is designed, maintained, marketed and advertised to be. The iPod is not an iPhone, the iPhone is not an iPad and so on. Although some of them may present identical features, that doesn’t mean they are the same thing. And cater to different needs. Each device can not replace another. I do not see how this tweak or Siri on an iPad to be implemented on an iPad by Apple or adopted by many of users.

  • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

    Don’t know about you but I know a lot of people who want Siri on the iPad. Apple already added dictation but with the hit or miss quality of Siri on the iPhone, I’m sure Apple held off on adding it to the iPad until they are sure their servers can handle more users.

    • Dan

      Just wish I could have dictation on iPhone 4 and iPad 2, don’t care about the rest. Tired Sara, but it’s too flaky for me

  • Anonymous

    thats just great. big ups for the guys who did it.

  • Anonymous

    Very cool tweak! I’d like to see some basic window management though– perhaps something similar to Win7 snap or perhaps just a drawer to the side where you could have open apps in thumbnails or something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

    Jeff do u know when this will available for xsellize? I really don’t wanna spend 10 yet -_-

    • Anonymous

      What kind of question is that to ask among the jailbreak community, when most of us are decent enough to support developers by buying tweaks?

      And to make matters worse, you ask Jeff, who has a known stance on app piracy which happens to me in line with my own. If you want it – buy it. I did and it’s awesome.

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

    I love this tweak. Too bad for me, I have the iPad 3. Not the deuce. I need the jailbreak to break into play….. So I can have the best iPad 3 known to man. Yeah, I load it up that good. With 64 gigs of space, I have plenty of room here to play. Please get it out. . I need it. I need it. I need it.

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

    DARN, I HIT POST WHEN I WASN’T FINISHED!!!! The JAILBREAK FOR THE NEW IPAD.. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it. I need it.

  • http://twitter.com/F0X0ID Fred

    Wow…
    Would be the first thing to install but…
    The New iPad(3) 5.1 so ummm maybe not for a while

  • http://www.destroypixels.com/ Nicolas Arteaga

    Neat! Now there’s a tweak that will make my great non-computer device to work like a non-great computer. Why would I want to make an iPad work like a computer if I could use a computer for that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattpet Matt Dowdy

    In the video your iPad was laying flat, I have found that when my iPad is upright the orientation of apps isn’t as bad as it was for you, I agree that there are quite a few bugs to iron out but I do love this tweak already and can’t wait to have it on the new iPad if/when we get a jailbreak for it, even cydia opens up the right way up!

  • Anonymous

    This is perfect! I always wanted a tweak like this. Hope the bugs are squashed soon.

  • Anonymous

    iPad 3 is perfect for this

  • Anonymous

    I guess it’s cool… But I think it should be 2apps side by side only

  • Anonymous

    I think it should “window-based” but not “window based” :p

  • Anonymous

    I think it should be “window-based” but not “window based” :p

  • Scott Opper

    yo Jeff, i find rotation to be less an issue when home button is always right.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlos_OL Carlos Ortega Lopez

    It messes up my FaceTime!!! I installed quasar and when wanted to use FT I noticed I got a black screen. Uninstalled it and FT worked fine again!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/hoyintungtruman Yin Tung Truman Ho

    Although I an very appreciate and amazed about this tweak, it still cause many problem after the numerous update.
    First, the problem on the iphone app, it cannot be rotated or manually zoom. I need to disable and respring my ipad to use the iphone app like normal.
    Secondly, the nofication centre and the switcher orientation bug, the screen always rotate when I activate the NC or switcher.
    Besides,the sound effect of multiple apps cause problem, A separate control on the volume of each app would be preferred.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    This tweak is still full of bugs and needs to be pulled stripped down and released as a backgrounder tool only.. FACT