Apple’s implementation of multitasking in iOS 4 is undoubtedly one of the best in the business. Not necessarily in presentation, but in functionality. iOS’ ability to maintain a high level of performance with dozens of apps open easily outperforms the competition.
The problem is, since you are able to have so many apps running without noticeable effects, sifting through your multitask bar can become a bit tedious. If you’ve been looking for an alternative way to browse your list of running applications, well, let me introduce you to RunningList…
RunningList is a simple jailbreak tweak that lists all of your running applications in the Spotlight screen of iOS. The list is interactive, so tapping on an icon will launch you into its respective application.
The idea behind RunningList is awesome, especially since you can set an action in Activator to bring up your Spotlight screen. But there are a few downfalls that keep the utility from reaching its potential, at least with this version.
First off, as the list of apps gets longer, the Spotlight screen definitely starts to stutter. On top of the lag, there were several occasions that I noticed a running app icon disappear, without me closing it. And I’m sure I didn’t close it because there isn’t a way to close apps in RunningList, yikes.
Without a way to close down running applications, I can’t use this in place of the multitasking bar, which was the whole point. Imagine being able to fluidly scroll through a list of your running applications, and then being able to close each app, with a single tap. Now we’re talking.
As much as I wanted to like this utility, it just couldn’t keep up with me. But hopefully the developer will fix some of the issues in the next update. If you want to check RunningList out for yourself, it’s available for free in Cydia.
Have you tried RunningList yet? What’s your favorite multitasking tweak?