iOS 5 has added some multi-touch gestures that I’ve become quite addicted to. They feel natural, and cut down on the use of the Home button. They allow you to return to the home screen, reveal the mutlitasking bar, and switch between apps.
First, you need to be sure these new gestures are enabled. In the Settings app, tap on General in the left-hand column, and look towards the bottom of the right-hand column. Turn Multitasking Gestures “On“. Below this switch is a review of what the gestures are, so you can always come here to remind yourself of them until they come naturally.
The new gestures include:
1. Pinch four or five fingers together to return to the home screen. This is the new gesture that I use most often. When I’m finished with an app, I just pinch it closed.
2. Swipe up with four or five fingers to reveal the multitasking bar at the bottom of the screen. This is the list of your currently running apps, ordered by the ones you have used most recently. Tap on one to return to it.
3. Swipe left or right with four or five fingers to switch between apps. This allows you to quickly bounce back and forth between 2 apps. I use this a lot for checking out links in an email alert, using them to get to the browser, then easily swiping left or right to return to the email message to explore the next link.
Try it, you’ll like it! Which is your favorite?