Your new iPad 2, and the original iPad, with iOS 4.3 – has a new hidden feature that Apple doesn’t want you to know about. At least for now. Imagine extra multi-touch gestures that completely changes the iPad experience, and of which you CAN enable right now. Read on for more.
New iPad iOS 4.3 Hidden Gestures
• Swipe four or five fingers—to the left or to the right—to navigate through open applications.
• Swipe four fingers up to access the running apps tray and playback buttons, including Airplay controls.
• Pinch with all your fingers to go to the home screen from any app, without touching your home button.
Sadly, Apple doesn’t want you to use these features yet. They could have included the switch in the general preferences for everyone, but right now this is only available for developers, so they can give feedback.
The good news is that you can activate them and it’s really easy: It only takes one click. The bad news is that you have to pay an extra $5 for Xcode 4 from the Mac App Store (Mac users only!).
Here are the 5 simple steps to activate the hidden gestures for your iPad / iPad 2:1. Download and install Xcode 4 from the Mac App Store.
2. Launch Xcode and connect your iPad to your computer. It will appear in the Xcode’s devices list.
3. Click on the “Use for development” button.
4. When it asks you to enter your iOS developer credentials in the dialog box, click cancel.
(It will give you an error. Disregard it.)
5. Once the developer mode activation is completed, go to your iPad general preferences menu and turn on the new multi-gestures.