Back in June, it was revealed that using the 3D Touch gesture to switch between apps was being removed from iOS 11.
At the time, it wasn’t known whether or not the gesture would ever find support in iOS 11, or if Apple was simply permanently removing it. Now, months later, we finally have an answer. As reported by MacRumors, an email sent to Apple, which was responded to by Craig Federighi, indicates that 3D Touch app switching was removed due to a “technical constraint,” which Federighi doesn’t specifically name in his reply.
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)!
As noted by the executive, Apple plans on bringing back the 3D Touch app switching gesture at some point in the future, in some unknown update to iOS 11. When that update will arrive, or if Apple will even make a big deal over the return of the feature are unknown. It is certainly one feature that many iOS users have requested to make a return, so it’s good to see that Apple doesn’t plan on keeping it out of the mobile operating system for good.
With 3D Touch, on devices that support it, users could simply hard press on the left side of their display, which would quickly bring up the app switching screen. It would allow someone to keep their finger on the display, making it faster to slide between apps without having to press the physical Home button two times quickly.
Of course, on the iPhone X getting to the app switching feature simply means sliding up from the bottom of the display half way.
Were you a fan of the 3D Touch app switching gesture? Are you happy to hear it’s coming back at some point in the future?