iOS 5 with Expose-like Multitasking? White iPhone 64GB Model?

Apr 19, 2011 - 5 Comments

new iOS multitasking Expose

A couple videos (shown below) have surfaced from Vietnam that show off what appears to be a prototype iPhone 4 using a fancy Expose-like multitasking feature in an unreleased build of iOS. Here’s what’s worth noting from the videos:

  • Expose-like multitasking feature looks great
  • It’s a White iPhone 4 (these are due for release any day now)
  • The white iPhone in the video has 64GB (!) capacity
  • The phone is clearly labeled with XX’s over the build, capacity, and serial numbers, suggesting it’s a leaked prototype
  • The iPhone in the video is running an unreleased build of iOS 4 (Build 8A216) – not iOS 5

Hopefully what we’re seeing is a glance into the future of iOS and iPhone. The Expose multitasking feature looks like an improvement over the existing multitasking functionality. Although the video shows this as a version of iOS 4, we all know Expose doesn’t actually exist in current iOS versions, so maybe we will see something like it in iOS 5. In terms of hardware, it would be great to have the choice of a 64GB iPhone (maybe that will be the White iPhone 4’s selling point?), especially since rumors suggest we’ll have to wait until Fall to see the iPhone 5.

Check out the videos below:

The videos and images are from the Vietnamese site Tinhte (via AOL/Engadget). What gives some credibility to these videos is that the guys from Tinhte.vn are the same group who showed off the white MacBook unibody model several weeks before it was released to the public. Maybe we’re onto something here? It’s also entirely possible that the iPhone is just running a jailbreak hack to implement the multitasking feature, but the hardware itself appears to be a legit prototype.

As always with Apple rumors, there are no guarantees, so until you see this shipping don’t get your hopes up.

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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPhone, Rumor

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  1. Parakeet says:

    I wonder why they didn’t release this?

  2. Kicker13 says:

    I don’t think we will see either. iPad would be 32 & 64 if iPhone was moving that direction. Plus if expose was better in testing Apple would have used it for final release of 4.0. That’s why it’s a prototype, not everything hits production.

  3. kevin cristopher says:

    if your phone is jailbroken, you can buy “multifl0w” in cydia under the tweaks section which allows multitasking expose like what you see above.

  4. b0bby says:

    maybe this was the prototype for iPhone 4 White :D

  5. Dan says:

    These videos don’t imply “better multitasking” beyond just the UI of navigating backgrounded apps. The current multitasking implementation stores a screenshot of the app as it puts it in the background. This could just be a spring-board grid view of those screenshots. In the background, those apps could be just as hibernated (or terminated) as they are in the current version. It’s just you’re navigating them in a grid instead of a pushed-up bar on the bottom edge of the screen.

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