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iOS 4 – iPod controls discovery

I just got around to installing iOS 4 on my iPhone 3GS.  One feature I have been making use of since discovering it a few months ago is double pressing the home button to pause and resume whatever is playing on the iPod feature.  With the new double tap to enter multitasking mode of the iPhone OS 4, I was afraid that feature would be disappearing.

Fortunately it hasn’t completely.  When the phone is locked, a double press on the home button brings up the standard iPod control screen I find so useful:

On the other hand, when you’re in a standard app and double tap the home screen you’ll see the bar pop up at the bottom of the screen with the apps you can switch between.  I stumbled upon the fact that you can swipe this bar of icons over towards the left and the iPod controls are visible without having to explicitly hop out of your app and into the iPod controls.

While it’s not two taps and a swipe to get to the controls as opposed to just two taps, this is a very small price to pay for the multitasking of iPhone OS 4.  Hopefully this is useful to someone who hasn’t discovered this already.

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