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ProSwitcher – the iPhone’s Best App Switching App – Coming to the iPad Soon

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ProSwitcher – easily the best quick app switching app for the iPhone – should soon be coming to the iPad. 

The screenshot above is a sight for sore eyes.  It shows ProSwitcher HD – which is the iPad version of PoSwitcher, and it was shared in a tweet from one of its lead developers, chpwn.

The tweet only says that ProSwitcher HD is ‘moving forward’ – so there is no projected release date yet, but based on the activity on the ProSwitcher timeline it looks like they are working through many issues and making good progress.

ProSwitcher is an app that requires a jailbroken device.  Combined with Backgrounder, it provides a superb method for switching rapidly and easily between multiple apps running in the background.  Here’s hoping we see ProSwitcher HD very soon.

I spotted this news via a tweet from my friend Sebastien.

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Some Multitasking Options for the iPad

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Image Source: columbia.edu 

Apple Insider has a great article up today, offering a very good reminder on what multitasking really means, and what some of the downsides of it are (more opportunities for malware for example).  It also outlines some of the ways we may see multitasking and rapid app switching implemented on the iPad.

Outside of notifications, there are other features related to multitasking that iPad users may want to see addressed. One is local background services such as Pandora radio. Apple’s forthcoming iPhone OS 4.0 is anticipated to either allow users to select specific apps to run in the background, or roll those services into the system, or to enable specific background tasks.

This could allow apps like Pandora to begin a background task that continues even when the user quits the app. With the iPad’s faster processor, the ability to run a limited number of background services might be less of an issue as it currently is on the iPhone.

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