Concept: It’s time for Apple to let apps have multiple instances on iPhone – 9to5Mac

Concept: It’s time for Apple to let apps have multiple instances on iPhone – 9to5Mac

With iPadOS 13, Apple introduced the ability for apps to have multiple instances. In other words, you can have multiple Safari windows open or multiple notes, for example. It’s an incredibly useful feature and it turned the iPad into a much more powerful computer. We think it would turn the iPhone into a much more powerful phone, too.

Over a decade ago, Palm introduced the first version of webOS with support for multiple cards. Each browser tab lived in its own separate card rather than as tabs in one card. Safari’s tab view has been in need of an overhaul for years, and this is a perfect way to solve the problem.

Two different proposals

Here’s what I propose: Apple could offer two distinct layouts for the app switcher on iPhone, the first being stacked app instances. All of your Safari tabs stack on top of each other in multitasking, and the same would go for notes, reminders, any app that offers multiple instances. With a tap they would fan out and you could switch between websites. You could close them just like any other app with a quick swipe up.

An alternate layout could let each tab and
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