OS Experience

OS Experience is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that allows for true multitasking on the iPad. It’s a tweak that’s similar in function to the Quasar tweak that released a few years ago, but it’s much more in-depth and functional than Quasar.

After testing OS Experience for the past couple of days, I can definitely tell you that the ambition behind this upcoming release is remarkable. OS Experience brings a desktop feel to the iPad, which is unlike any other jailbreak tweak for iOS 7. It’s like Mission Control from OS X on the iPad.

We had a brief preview of the tweak yesterday, but we now have our very own hands-on video walkthrough of OS Experience. Check after the break for all of the details.

The most remarkable thing about OS Experience is that it allows you to interact with multiple apps at once. For example, I had three apps running on screen at the same time, and I could watch them all update in real-time. I could even tap and manipulate the features of all three apps at once.

If you’ve ever used Mission Control on OS X, then you’ll very much know what to expect from OS Experience. This tweak does a fine job in porting the look, feel, and functionality of Mission Control on the iPad’s screen.

OS Experience incorporates a variety of new gestures that allow you to maximize, minimize, move and adjust the size of windows. Users can view, create, and destroy multiple desktops as well. You can even move windowed apps between desktops using a simple tap-and-drag gesture. All of this can be done using multi-touch gestures. Despite my usage of it in the video, you don’t have to use the Home button at all to control OS Experience.

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OS Experience won’t be for everyone. It changes the way that iOS works so much that it’s bound to be polarizing on some level. Getting used to all of the gestures alters the fundamental nature of iOS. There’s a definite learning curve to using OS Experience, and I imagine that not all will be up to the challenge.

And then there’s the aspect of performance. While the tweak worked quite admirably on my A7-equipped Retina iPad mini in most instances, I can definitely see the animations and true multitasking putting a hurt on lesser hardware. Even on my beefy hardware, I ran into some glitches when swiping between apps, and a few choppy animations here and there.

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OS Experience is still knee-deep in development, and is scheduled to be released sometime in the next two weeks. Developer Evan Swick plans on charging $9.99 for his work, and I don’t blame him. While the cost is high compared to the average Cydia release, OS Experience isn’t the average Cydia release. It’s apparent that Swick poured a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this tweak’s development, and for it he should be appropriately compensated.

That said, here’s hoping that Swick goes with some sort of trial-based system for new customers. OS Experience changes the way that iOS works at such a fundamental level, that it’s inevitable that some will not like it despite its grandeur.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

  • Split screen, not this floating windows garbage that has a ton of wasted pixels. Terrible idea.

    • ‘Ariff

      This is literally “OS” experience based off OSX. Although I do agree with you to be honest I’d prefer if the dev allowed split screen

      • Ahh, yeah you are right. In that way if you can hook up your iPad to an external monitor it could be nice. But as is, it’s done wrong.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      If you have two floated Windows side-by-side is that not split-screen?

      • You understand the difference between floating windows and split screen as in windows and the note series don’t you? I know you do. And since you do. you also know there is no scaling issues as there is with this tweak. The font isn’t small. This has major scaling issues.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I kind of get what your saying. The issues probably come from the fact that this tweak is effectively one big, massive, messy hack on the entire operating system…

      • I’ll pay anything. Can you make me a tweak that I can have apps run side by side and fonts stay large? I’ll give you my kidney if you ever need it. 🙂

      • You know Samsung makes those tweaks you should consider something like that.

    • Dan

      I agree. Imo, floating windows on a screen this size is useless. I would much prefer having splitscreen where the font is regular size.

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      Side by side would be interesting.

    • Ben Gunter

      Its called snap and it is included with this tweak…

  • David Gitman

    wow
    i wonder why apple havent did it

    • CAS

      Performance.

  • Alex Santillan

    It is an amazing idea, but the price is too high for a cydia tweak.

  • Bob

    Quasar lives!

    • Dani Hayes

      Not really. I think Quasar looks better than this.

  • probably wont run on my original iPad mini

    • ‘Ariff

      me and you both

      • Saadsami

        yes of course, as you two are the only ones left with an original iPad mini.

  • im2slick4u

    Can we have two portrait apps when the ipad is landscape? That would be very useful for splitscreen. Also if we could have iPhone mode actually fit in the windows that would make it very useful, and resizeable windows like Quasar had would be great!

    • Platy

      You should watch Evan’s preview video. It showed off all the features, obviously with less detail though.

      You can have two portrait apps when the ipad is landscape. And you can also resize the windows by dragging the ‘fullscreen’ button.

      Quote from Evan;
      “The ‘arrows’ button, as I’ve been calling it, lets you go into fullscreen mode by pressing it. By dragging it, it resizes the window. By holding it, it rotates the app.”

  • ‘Ariff

    I hope he decides to make it licensed free for a week just for those who are willing to give it a shot and hand over that kind of money.

  • Merman123

    For $9.99 the developer better be ready to update the tweak constantly and consistently.

  • Matthew Chisholm

    This, with mouse input, could make for a legitimate laptop replacement setup.

    • Platy

      I agree, the only thing worrying me at the moment is the multi-gesture requirement for bringing up the ‘top bar’ in a fullscreen app (in order to put it into a window).

    • Omar Abbasi

      BTC Mouse and Trackpad!

  • Al

    Awesome tweak. Looks promising.

    I’ll definitely be pickin it up when it’s released, any ETA on when it will be released?

    • Vince Reedy

      “OS Experience is still knee-deep in development, and is scheduled to be released sometime in the next two weeks.”

      I hate having to read articles for lazy people.

      • Al

        Lazy people? Lol

        I already read the upcoming sneak peak blog that they had yesterday.

        I was just assuming since Jeff reviewed this tweak he would have a better insight on to the “specific day” instead of just “next two weeks.”

      • Keag

        You sir are awesome.

  • Adam

    still waiting for that split screen multitasking Samsung Style and fonts that are still large. the only window resizing i would really want is full screen to split screen that’s it.

  • CAS

    I think he deserves the $10 but it’s not the tweak for me.

  • Robert Goldberg

    Looks good. Two questions though: 1. Can you swipe between the desktops with three fingers like in OSX? 2. It looks really smooth on your newest iPad, but is it gonna lag the hell out of my iPad 3?

  • Chetan

    Wow.. Too good.. Awesome.. Looks so much promising that apple might think of copying it soon like earlier jailbreak tweaks..

  • I can’t Jailbreak my iPad Mini iOS 7.0.4

    • Did you update your iPad Mini to iOS 7.0.4, or did you restore your iPad Mini to iOS 7.0.4?

      • I did Update my iPad Mini to iOS 7.0.4 over the air
        Trying to Jailbreak with evasi0n any version, but always failed!!
        Finally stuck on Apple Logo, and must update to lastest version iOS 7.1

      • DutchTim

        1st restore via mac or pc to iOS 7.0.4. When iOS is installed over the air, jailbreak pretty much always fails. After restoring it via your computer, you can put your backup back and try to jailbreak again.

      • Can’t restore to iOS 7.0.4 because Apple doesn’t sign the firmware anymore. The only restore option is iOS 7.1, which cannot be jailbroken. Sorry man.

  • Jeff has no taste who the hell puts the 1 password app on the dock, it’s not even a flat iOS 7 icon. And then there is cydia, with so many alternative iOS 7 icons, why is he using the default. No taste at all, he seems like more of an android guy at this point.

  • Shingo

    for the price if it has 0.01 lag i will get it…..

  • Forestall

    But does it work on iOS 6?

    • Platy

      Yes.
      “Evan Swick • a day ago
      Just to confirm – OS Experience will support iOS 6 as well.”

  • -= J$@ =-

    This is pretty cool. If only the number of desktops could be mirrored/airplayed/bluetoothed to other idevices…now that would be something!!

  • David Zech

    Apple will break this in ios 8 and implement it themselves.

    • Dim

      I agree. It feels like the logical step. Especially for a device like the iPad.

      • Osama Muhammed

        more logical to ipad pro

  • Bob

    Having snap from Windows 7 would be pretty awesome. Just dragging to the side and it likes snaps in for split screen view. Someone email the dev.

  • Alessio

    Is this tweek going to be like quasar where it will only be compatable with this ios version or later versions as well? I know quasar is only good for ios 5.

  • Scott A. Rossell

    Stellar effort, but the fact that I CAN build a low orbit weather balloon launch platform for a red, white and blue glitter potato armored air gun to shoot spuds from Texas toward Kentucky doesn’t mean I SHOULD…

  • DutchTim

    Jeff, how can you always install these kind of tweaks before they’re even launched? Thanks

  • Khizar Malik

    I want this right now

  • Ben Gunter

    Do you guys realize that you actually can run to apps side to side with this tweak…its called snap, watch the devs video on this..

  • This seems to be a tweak that works better on a full-sized iPad, not the Mini. Can’t wait to try with my iPad 3! (Cydia is having a problem installing it…)

  • Edgar Dear

    hey guys if you have a mouse set up then you can get your springboard at bottom of ipad’

  • Anthonie Zapata

    I like OS Experience, truly it’s pretty awesome.
    I do have an issue with it though. It does not close apps, they still run in the background which after awhile causes iOS to crash or behave very slowly. I realized this after uninstalling OS Experience and seeing all my apps open still from a 2 day period and spending a moment closing them all individually