Multify 3

Every so often a big tweak comes around that gets me more excited than most, and Multify—a new tweak from John Corbett and Joel Einbinder—meets that criteria to a tee. Multify is an upcoming tweak that brings true multitasking to iOS in an easy to use and surprisingly stable package. Yes, other tweaks have attempted to do similar things in the past, but this is by far the best implementation that I’ve seen or used thus far.

At first glance you might think that Multify is an AppHeads clone, but after some hands-on time, it’s easy to recognize that it’s not. Multify is much more geared towards multitasking with multiple apps on screen at once. That’s thanks in part to the tweak’s edit mode, which allows you to adjust the size and location of your apps on the fly. It’s entirely feasible to have two, three, or four apps running simultaneously, and you can interact with them all side-by-side.

What makes Multify succeed is its simplicity. It uses three multitasking gestures to perform all of its tasks.

  • Launch Activation gesture: invokes the Multify launcher
  • Edit Activation gesture: allows you to resize and relocate apps in Multify view
  • Open App Activation gesture: takes the currently open app and places it into Multify view

Once you open the Multify launcher, a ‘+’ icon will appear on the screen. Tapping the icon allows you to open the Multify app selection interface. From there, you can open any app on your device, with favorite apps being pinned near the top of the screen.

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A floating avatar for each app will appear near the launcher icon, and you can relocate and pin the launcher along with all application avatars on any side of the iPhone’s screen. You can then tap on the stack of app avatars to expand them and tap on an individual app avatar to launch the app in Multify view.

The Multify view is great for quickly cycling through applications. It’s much faster than using multitasking on the iPhone, and arguably faster than the iPad’s Multitasking gestures feature.

That said, the real impressive feature is Multify’s edit mode. As stated, edit mode is what allows you to move and resize apps. This lets you run multiple apps side-by-side on screen at once. For example, you can have a YouTube video playing while browsing Tweetbot and reading Reddit. It’s powerful stuff.

Multify Preferences

The tweak’s preferences contain a handful of customization options, like the ability to set the Multify interface background color and style. You can also set your favorite apps from the preferences and, of course, establish the tweak’s three Activator gestures.

But there aren’t a boatload of settings to overwhelm the user, and I do appreciate that. With a  tweak like this that features so many new concepts, it’s important to ease the user in, and Multify does just that.

I’m genuinely looking forward to the day (soon) when you can try Multify. You’ll be able to get it for $4.99 on the BigBoss repo. Given what it does, how stable it is, and the amount of work that has no doubt gone into this release, I’d say that’s a fair asking price.

What do you think about Multify? Sound off in the comments below.

  • Indian Food

    Seems nice. However, not once have I wished to myself – “I wish I could use two apps at once.” Just doesn’t appeal to me.

    • Yeah same here. Maybe if I had the 6 Plus I could see a practical use for this but my old 5S is just not big enough ( or quick enough really) to have much use for this.
      Now on the iPad I can see how this would be amazing to have.

    • mike

      I do so in class while taking notes and reading a calculation. There are many uses, just depends on how one uses their device.

    • JayDee917

      Your name helped me decide what to have for lunch today. Thanks.

      • Indian Food

        No problem!

  • Zzyzxd

    There are only limited things I can do with 1GB memory. But this is really an amazing implementation.

    • coldspring22 .

      Yes apple didn’t intend iphone 6 to multi-task. 1GB is not good compared to 3 or 4GB on flagship android phones, or even low end android phones with 2GB of memory. Also, dual core on iphone 6 is not good, considering OS needs to run on separate thread. The implementation for multi-tasking is pretty good, but I think xhalofloating window on android is better for launching multiple apps in resizable windows, much like full fledged desktop OS.

  • Diego Milano

    Is that Alkaline the battery theme you’re using?

    • Alkaline is still superior to Lithium anyway.

  • Wa1t

    this is definitely one tweak i dont know if i’ll use it or not. Maybe? Perhaps? probably not…

    • Carlos Medina

      maybe… nah I will… or not. who knows…. i’ll download it.. or not.

  • Linton Findlay

    does it support ipad? and how does it handle keyboard and typing

    • James G

      In the video you can see how it handles the keyboard. The apps have their own full screen instance so if the app is small, the keyboard appears small in that app’s window.

    • mike

      I don’t have any info on iPad compatibility, but if it is, I really hope they give it a unified keyboard. The tweak ReachApp tried it but I haven’t seen any progress recently. Fingers crossed!

  • gittlopctbi

    This looks amazing. Amazing what creative and smart coders can do. That said, I don’t even “multitask” on my PC. Sure, I have open windows, but I rarely multitask, I mostly task switch, and so I find no use for multitasking on my idevice.

  • gittlopctbi

    HAHA, Jeff, I love the rubber duckies! 🙂 Nice personal touch.

    • nonchalont

      Those are his Easter eggs in his videos

  • iPodDroid

    So many amazing tweaks coming out that my wallet is going to have a very hard time keeping up…….

  • Maxim

    Why releasing so many multitasking tweaks if there’s an awesome classic Auxo tweak ? I’ve been using it since ios 6 and still have it on my iphone 6 . One of the best JB tweaks ever

  • Ickle

    this would be great on an iPad as I need to do spreadsheets for work with my work app open, emails and safari as well. Will it work on iPad?

    • sharp44MAG .

      Yes it will be compatible with the iPad and landscape orientation.

  • TheAngryPenguin

    “Emulsify is an upcoming tweak that brings true multitasking to iOS…”

    WTF?!? Emulsify?!?

  • oscar mendoza

    How install it?

  • Miguel Alcibar

    I will be worry about battery consuming

  • James G

    One comment: this looks awesome for iPhone 6 Plus

    One question: will it work on iPad

  • Chocolope Jailbreakush

    So glad I got an iPhone 6 Plus! Whats the REPO/?

  • Wow can’t wait for this to drop. This is done even better than the Galaxy split screen which I’ve always been jealous of.

    • sholaye

      How? On Galaxies you can do all of this in shorter steps and easier to remember. All of this takes too long to do.

      • Because Galaxy is limited to certain apps and only two apps at time. This offers any app you have and more than two, as well as you can position them where and how you want.

  • ins0mniac1

    Your videos look so awesome at 60fps Jeff. Can instantly notice the high frame rate.

  • Spycer0

    Looks funny though hehe

  • Will this work for iPhone 5 and 6?

  • Damian

    this should be reviewed on iPad Jeff.

    • mike

      Might not be compatible.

      If it is, I said to a comment above that I’d like to see a unified keyboard, as ReachApp tried to incorporate. Either way, I’m trying it out.

  • WheresMyKeyzAt

    This right here is huge!!!

  • Roy Chang

    the UX is awful and unproductive, too many steps taken just to have the apps running side by side. Invoke multify, choose app, trippple press home button, resize, repeat the steps for different apps.

  • mike

    Jeff, you’ll likely not see this, but I dig the experimental intro/outro. Change is good. Keep it up guys!

  • Rahimo

    i loved that tweak !! I hope it can support the iPad !! one more thing , Jeff, I like the final “This is jeff from iDB!!” I mean the abbreviation !! CooL !

  • បេះដូង ចុងក្រោយphearun

    Sorry what sources can I download this tweak

  • Evan Radzunas

    This looks really cool, any release date info?

  • n0m0n

    Hey Jeff guess not to short a time for this tweaks release????

  • deda

    Best activation/edit/open is??

  • xBAD_ASS_BiLLx

    Okay so I open multify and all it does is crash and put my phone into safe mode I have an iPhone 5c what do you think the problem is

  • FUCKYOU!!

    Buggy as hell and no response from dev.

  • xBAD_ASS_BiLLx

    Sucks don’t work