As much as I love the new iPad, I still find it tough to multitask on the device due to Apple’s focus on full-screen apps. Quasar, a new app for jailbroken iPads by Pedro Franceschi, makes the tablet act more like traditional operating systems by letting you juggle multiple apps in windows.
Quasar looks particularly useful for running iPhone apps on the iPad, which don’t take advantage of the device’s larger screen. The app allows you to resize windowed apps easily, and switch between windowed and full screen mode, as the video below shows.
Traditionally, jailbreak hackers have given us a window into capabilities that Apple may eventually include in iOS. They crafted the ability to use folders in iOS, and developed a unified notification system for the platform, long before Apple. But given the company’s increasing focus on a single-screen experience — something that’s now made it way to OS X apps on the desktop as well — I don’t think we’ll ever see a legit windowed app solution on the iPad. (Hopefully Apple will do something else to improve iPad multitasking.)
Quasar is now available on the Cydia jailbroken app store for $9.99.