Add New Multi-Touch Gestures To Any iPad For Only $4.99

Earlier we reported that the new iOS 4.3 would add multi-touch gestures to the iPad, however for some unknown reason Apple decided not to add this in the final build, however you can easily add it on your own.  It will take only a few minutes and you don’t have to jailbreak your iPad to get them.

The only requirement is that you’ll need a copy of Xcode 4 and if you don’t already have a copy you can purchase it for $4.99 in the Mac OS X App Store. Registered Mac OS X or iOS developers in the paid development programs for either operating system can download a copy of Xcode 4 at developer.apple.com after logging in with their developer credentials.

However, you don’t need a developer account to activate these gestures either — at least for the time being. The only thing is that if you are still holding on the the Windows system, then you are out of luck as this only works on Mac.

Here are the steps.

1. If you haven’t already purchase a copy of Xcode 4 and install it.

2. After installing Xcode 4 launch it and connect your iPad (any model) to your computer. The iPad should appear in the Organizer window under Devices.

3. Select the attached iPad in Organizer and click on the “Use for Development” button.

4. If you are prompted to enter your iOS developer credentials go ahead and enter them if you have that information otherwise click Cancel on the dialog box. If you select Cancel and get an error just ignore it.

5. Xcode will activate developer features on your iPad. This might take a few minutes or less.

6. Launch the Settings app on your iPad, tap General, turn Multitasking Gestures On.

You’re all done!

 

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Steve Jobs sends e-mail to Apple employees in Japan offering support!

According to several news sites Apple CEO Steve Jobs is reported to have sent a message to Apple staff regarding the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The contents of the email were first posted to Chihouban.com (via Macotakara), and later on other sites.

The email which was said to have been sent to all Apple employees can be seen below:

To Our Team in Japan,

We have all been following the unfolding disaster in Japan. Our hearts go out to you and your families, as well as all of your countrymen who have been touched by this tragedy.

If you need time or resources to visit or care for your families, please see HR and we will help you. If you are aware of any supplies that are needed, please also tell HR and we will do what we can to arrange delivery.

Again, our hearts go out to you during this unimaginable crisis.
Please stay safe.
Steve and the entire Executive Team

Apple has set up Red Cross donations through iTunes, and delayed plans to launch the iPad 2 in Japan due to the recovery efforts. Furthermore recent rumors have stated that the Apple Stores have been used as shelter and communication hubs for the thousands of stranded people.