With the latest iOS update from Apple, iOS 5 adds a very helpful new feature for the iPad that will help you preserve the life of your Home Button. The Multitasking Gestures feature on your iPad lets you navigate on your device with just a few multiple-finger gestures as follows:
1. Five-finger pinch to go to Home Screen
2. Four-finger swipe up to reveal all your running apps (multitasking bar)
3. Four-finger left or right swipe to go from one running app to another
The Multitasking Gestures feature of the iPad is very useful and covenient. And since the Home Button is prone to mechanical wear, using Multitasking Gestures helps in preserving it by giving users alternative options to navigate their iPads. Once you get used to these gestures, you might forget that there’s even a home button.
Here’s how to activate/deactivate the Multitasking Gestures: