iOS 12 brings iPhone X-style multitasking gestures to your iPad. For consistency’s sake, Apple customers can now interact with multiple apps on their tablet using all-new multitasking gestures that have replaced key functions of the versatile Home button.
iPad New multitasking gestures on iOS 12
When iPhone X made its debut last September, Apple made sure to implement new system-wide gestures in iOS 11 to mimic the versatility and a few key functions of the Home button, like getting back to your Home screen or invoking the app switcher.
This resulted in inconsistencies as existing devices with a Home button got stuck with the old way of doing this. With iOS 12, Apple has made further changes to bring a consistent user experience across devices in terms of multitasking gestures.
On iPad, specifically, iOS 12 offers a few new single-fingered multitasking gestures:
- Get back to the Home screen
- Enter Control or Notification Center
- Bring up the Dock
- Invoke the app switcher
- Cycle through the recently-used apps
Here’s how to use them.
How to use iOS 12’s iPad multitasking gestures
Everyone knows that pressing the Home button takes you to the Home screen, wherever you happen to be in iOS. In preparing iPad for the notch and a future without the Home button, Appel took care to bring relevant gestures from iPhone X over to the tablet.
No matter the device, iOS 12 lets you multitask like a pro using consistent gestures:
- Swipe up—Close an app and go back to the Home screen
- Swipe up slowly—Show the Dock
- Swipe up and pause—Enter the app switcher
- Swipe down from the top-right corner—Show the Control Center overlay
- Swipe down from the top-center or top-left corner—Show Notification Center
- Swipe horizontally in an arc going upwards—Cycle through your previously-used apps
Go back to the Home screen
To close the app you’re currently using and go back to the Home screen, swipe up from the bottom edge of the display until the app zooms out and you find yourself on the familiar Home screen.
Swipe up again to instantly jump to Home screen 0.
Show the Control Center overlay
In iOS 11, Control Center appeared as an “app” on the righthand side of Control Center. Thankfully, iOS 12 splits up the app switcher and Control Center, like on iPhone.
On iPad, iOS 12 no longer bundles Control Center into the app switcher
To show Control Center on your iPad with iOS 12 or newer, swipe down from the top-right corner of the display. To close Control Center, tap anywhere outside the overlay.
Enter Notification Center
On iOS 11, iPad users could show the Notification Center overlay while using an app by swiping down from the top edge of the display. Since iOS 12 has already allocated the top-right corner to the new Control Center gesture, the way you get to your recent notifications requires pulling down from the top-left or top-center of the display. Yup, just like on iPhone X.
Bring up the Dock
iOS 11 let you enter a Mac-like Dock by swiping up with one finger from the bottom edge of the screen. On iOS 12, swipe slowly from the bottom edge of the display to show the Dock.This gesture definitely takes some time getting used to.
A shorter, slower swipe brings up the Dock
Invoke the app switcher in IOS 12 Beta
To see the app switcher on iOS 11, you’d swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen with one finger. iOS 12 remaps this to the gesture we saw on iPhone X: swipe up, then pause.
As mentioned before, the iPad app switcher no longer includes the Control Center overlay.
App switcher on iOS 11, at right, includes Control Center. iOS 12, at left, does not.
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