Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2012 09:23 UTC
Apple "I've been developing a new tweak for iPads called Quasar. Quasar is a tweak that allows you to run your apps in windows in your iPad. Just like in a window-based operating system, you can resize, move, close or full-screen windows." This is really, really cool - and quite useful, too, especially for iPhone-only applications. It's in the Cydia Store for $9.99.
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Cool!!
by bloodline on Mon 30th Apr 2012 10:12 UTC
bloodline
Member since:
2008-07-28

If Apple don't already have a prototype of this running in their own labs, then they will be screwed when all the other tablet manufacturers implement it! ;)

Edited 2012-04-30 10:12 UTC

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RE: Cool!!
by Laurence on Mon 30th Apr 2012 10:24 UTC in reply to "Cool!!"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

If Apple don't already have a prototype of this running in their own labs, then they will be screwed when all the other tablet manufacturers implement it! ;)

Why would they? This looks a horrible kludge.

As much as I don't like Metro, the multi-window method used on there is better suited for tablets than this hack to create desktop-style cascading windows.

I'm all for 3rd party tweaks for iOS to extend it's functionality, but on this occasion I think Apple's "less is more" approach is better.

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RE[2]: Cool!!
by REM2000 on Mon 30th Apr 2012 11:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Cool!!"
REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

i was going to post the same thing, this i don't think works well on the iPad at all.

The apps are all designed to fit on a small display 9" so they need all the screen estate they can get, this doesn't look useful or user friendly and does look very kludgy.

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RE[3]: Cool!!
by phoenix on Mon 30th Apr 2012 16:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Cool!!"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

For running multiple iphone apps, though, which don't always look that great scaled out to 10", this could be useful.

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RE: Cool!!
by broken_symlink on Mon 30th Apr 2012 14:29 UTC in reply to "Cool!!"
broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

Samsung has something similar in touchwiz on galaxy tabs. It doesn't work for all apps though, only a select few, like the calculator, music player, email... Its pretty neat, but you can't resize the windows other than make them full screen.

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Neat, but no thanks
by scarr on Mon 30th Apr 2012 13:38 UTC
scarr
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2010-11-07

I even avoid windows on my notebook. I run most things full screen. I certainly don't want to be messing around with windows, sizing, moving, etc. on an iPad.

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dsmogor
Member since:
2005-09-01

given API restrictions, until I saw cyndia store ;)

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omg
by helf on Mon 30th Apr 2012 16:44 UTC
helf
Member since:
2005-07-06

My dreams are coming true. Now I have a reason to jailbreak my new iPad ;)

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Really impressive boy
by dmrio on Mon 30th Apr 2012 18:47 UTC
dmrio
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2005-08-26

For those that do not know, Pedro Franceschi is a 15yr old boy that lives here in my small town, Rio de Janeiro. More info on his work: http://riogringa.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/01/interview-with-pedro...
Particularly, I believe Quasar is a real excuse for me to buy an iPad.

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Nice try
by Moredhas on Mon 30th Apr 2012 20:23 UTC
Moredhas
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2008-04-10

Nice try, now iPad owners can further delude themselves that they've got what they really wanted: a tablet Mac instead of a giant iPod.

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RE: Nice try
by viton on Mon 30th Apr 2012 21:32 UTC in reply to "Nice try"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

what they really wanted: a tablet Mac instead of a giant iPod.

Hmm, I wanted a giant iPod.

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RE: Nice try
by helf on Tue 1st May 2012 01:43 UTC in reply to "Nice try"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

Why is this getting up voted?

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Forward into the past!
by BallmerKnowsBest on Mon 30th Apr 2012 21:04 UTC
BallmerKnowsBest
Member since:
2008-06-02

Using the first few versions of iOS was liking taking a timewarp back to the DOS days: only one fullscreen app or document at a time, and opening anything else meant first going back to the home screen (the iOS equivalent of the C prompt).

When Apple added the "Playskool My First Multi-tasking" features in later versions, it still like using DOS - but with one of those TSR hacks that let you switch between multiple programs without having to exit back to the C prompt (even though inactive programs just had their state saved and didn't really run in the background, just like in iOS).

And this hack brings iOS up to the level of Windows 2.0. At this rate, it will only take Apple another 6 or 7 years to get iOS on par with Windows 95!

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