In order to better utilize the new iPhone 5’s taller 4″ display, a much improved iOS app switcher concept presented by The Verge shows how one simple element of the iOS can be re-thought to take advantage of the larger display while “retaining the original functionality and design philosophy”.
The goal of this concept is to offer extended functionality that takes advantage of the extended screen real-estate, says the creator. The app switcher is one of iOS’s most repeatedly used functions in day to day activity. A double click of the home button slides the tray upward, giving you access to icons of your four last opened apps. But with this new concept, the app switcher displays elongated card-like icons giving a visual representation of each app. Even the playback controls page shows more information about the media playing.
Similarly, the volume slider page features a brightness slider as well as settings toggles which, can be used as shortcuts to enable and disable system functions. Check out the mockups below and tell us what you think about the idea!