For just $5 and a massive download, Mac and iPad owners or other iOS devices running iOS 4.3 can enable four- or five-finger gestures. Gestures add so much to the user experience and feel almost magical.
The advantage is that the user can close any application and return to the Home screen by pinching with all his fingers; it’s like trying to grab a napkin from the surface of your iPad with one hand.
Other gestures include quickly switching between apps by swiping four fingers from left to right or vice versa. Another move involves toggling the app switching bar that appears when pressing the Home button twice. Using this gesture, you can quickly access the iPod controls, screen brightness adjustment or orientation lock if you hold the side button as the mute button in the settings.
The steps are simple but will take some time due to the size of Xcode. On your Mac, go to the Mac App Store. To find xcode and buy it for $4.99. After the download of the app is complete (over 4GB) run Xcode to install it. That’s right, the app is the installer only. Running the application installs the program. Even a fast 2011 MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i7 processor will take some time.
Once Xcode is installed, plug in your iPad or other iOS device with version 4.3 installed. If you need to upgrade, How. Now all you have to do is hit the “Use for development” button. It will ask for your developer credentials, which you can ignore by pressing Cancel. Retrieving said credentials will cost Apple $99, but they are not required for this purpose.
There will be an error but ignore it and it will open multiple gestures in Settings and General on iPad/iOS device.
While it can work on smaller iOS devices like the iPhone and iPod Touch, we don’t think it’s very practical. It won’t be easy to use all your fingers on the small screen unless you have small hands.
These features are in one word – AWESOME! We love it and can’t imagine why Apple didn’t enable this feature for all iPads. The only reason we ran into it is because Apple gives app developers the time they need to set up any in-app interaction. We played Infinity Blade and many other scrolling apps without incident.