There is another gesture for your handful of fingers. This works with four or five fingers, and on the iPad only, not the iPhone (the iPhone’s screen is too small for so many fingers.)
The purpose of this gesture is to move from an open app to another open app without having to tap your way through the “close > navigate to the next app > open” sequence. This is awesomely helpful if you are working with two or three open apps and want to go back and forth between the them.
Here is how you do it.
Let’s practice with two apps that came with your iPad.
Tap to open the Maps app. Now close it.
Tap to open the Photos app. Now close it.
Go back and open the Maps app again. Place four or five fingers on the screen and swipe to the left.
Here comes the open app, Photos, from the right. (If you swipe again, you’ll see the last app you had open before you tried this trick).
Now swipe back in the other direction, and you have returned to Maps. Spend a moment flipping back and forth. You can see how easy it is to move between your open apps. Try again with two apps of your choice.
This may not be a gesture you’ll need often, but when the day comes that you need to work with two or more apps, this gesture will be golden.