Most of the time I want to launch multiple apps at once, but one by one I have to shrink/drop an app to desktop before I launch the next one.

I've found that you can, by gesture or pressing the center button, drop an app to desktop while it is still in the process of loading. It saves some time.

How about taking it further than that? How about a patch that sets the Pre to launch apps directly to desktop without maximizing them to screen, and without blanking the launch bar (or, perhaps, the icon pages)?