Apple’s Craig Federighi: ‘3D Touch App Switcher Gesture Will Return in iOS 11 Update’

Posted in Apple News, iOS, iPhone on 22/09/2017 by Chris Hauk


As mentioned by friend of the site, Chris Rauschnot, iOS 11 killed the popular 3D Touch gesture used to access the app switcher. However, Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi assures everyone that the gesture is on its way back in a future version of iOS 11.

Apple's Craig Federighi: '3D Touch App Switcher Gesture Will Return in iOS 11 Update'


Federighi, replying to an email from MacRumors reader Adam Zahn, said Apple had to “temporarily drop support” for the gesture due to an unidentified “technical constraint.”

Question from Zahn: Could we at least make the 3D Touch app switch gesture an option in iOS 11 so that I could retain the ability to switch apps that way instead of having to double tap the home button?

Response from Federighi: Hi Adam,

We regretfully had to temporarily drop support for this gesture due to a technical constraint. We will be bringing it back in an upcoming iOS 11.x update.

Thanks (and sorry for the inconvenience)!

– craig

Users with 3D Touch-capable iPhones running iOS 9 and iOS 10 are able to do a deep press on the left side of the screen, then drag to the right, and release. This accesses the app switcher. The gesture disappeared with the release of the iOS 11 beta. An Apple engineer later confirmed the gesture had been “intentionally removed.”


Chris Hauk

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