New iPhone X Video Shows Gesture-Based App Switcher In Action

A new video has emerged into the public domain which gives us yet another look at specific functionality on Apple’s iPhone X ahead of it going up for pre-order this coming Friday.

Following on from a quick hands-on video which of the phone at Apple’s campus, this latest media release shows iPhone X in action, specifically focusing on how the gesture-based app switching process will work on Apple’s new flagship smartphone.

It’s always intriguing and interesting to get a glimpse of Apple’s new hardware but let’s make this clear, we aren’t talking about an in-depth hands-on experience which looks at the device and its performance in great detail. We are dealing with a quick 4-second looping video which gives us just enough time to see the user invoking the new App Switcher to quickly move between apps which are currently sitting in the background of the device from a multitasking perspective. It’s also enough time to see that the switching process is buttery smooth.

Where iPhone X is concerned, it is no longer possible to simply double-tap the Home button to be taken into the multitasking app switcher experience. That is of course because Apple has entirely removed Home button from the hardware, meaning the software now has new touch and swipe gestures to invoke different experiences which were previously accessible through a hardware interaction. For iPhone X, app switching is accessible through a single swipe from either the bottom right-hand side or bottom left-hand side of the screen, causing the UI to update and allowing the user to navigate through running apps and bringing them into focus.

It’s great to actually get a decent view of this gesture in place and to alleviate any fears that it could be fiddly to use or buggy in its implementation. If the video is representative of all iPhone X devices, then it would seem that the animation is buttery smooth and the gesture is easy to invoke from both sides.

We’ve been hearing about Apple’s plans to get rid of the Home button on iPhone for multiple iterations now, but iPhone X is the first device where that has actually happened. If this experience is anything to go by then it looks as though the learning curves to interacting with the device without a physical button will be very small.

You can check out the video of the new App Switcher in action on the iPhone X below.

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