[How to] Enable Multitasking Gestures And Display Mirroring On iPad 1 Running iOS 5

Traditionally, Apple has always denied its users with older version of a device, access to some new update or feature when a software update comes or some new feature is introduced. This has been Apple’s main strategy to lure its present customers to make the switch to new devices and attract some new customers by marketing on a single new feature as it happened in the case of iPhone 4S “Siri”, the new personal assistant. However, as it turned out there was no need to buy iPhone 4S as some developer had already ported Siri to his iPhone 4.

In addition to Siri, the Cupertino company added some Smooth Multitasking Gestures and AirPlay Mirroring in iOS 5 to the iPad 2. Those using Apple’s thinner, lighter, faster and younger tablet device now have the ability, using four or five fingers, to pinch the screen in-app and bring about the homescreen, making a pleasant change from overusing the home button. In addition, the gestures could be used to bring up the multitasking bar (swipe up) and jump between open apps (swipe left or right).

However,there is another way to get these features on iPad 1 without going through the tedious  jailbreak.

Despite no jailbreak taking place, this hack is executed using a modified version of Redsnow. It will only tweak  a few settings to unlock gestures and mirroring.

Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Download the modified version of redsn0w, unzip and run.

Step 2: Put your device into DFU mode as instructed by Redsn0w, and let it do its thing. Make sure you uncheck “Install Cydia” and instead check “Enable multitask gestures”.

Be patient, it takes a few minutes, and your iPad will restart a couple of times as the hack is applied.

Step 3: Once its complete, go to Settings > General, and the multitasking option should be ready and waiting for you to swipe until the end of time!

Now you can enjoy both Multitasking Gestures and Dsiplay Mirroring on your iPad 1.

Check out the video demonstration below: