Apple Says 3D Touch App Switcher Gesture Will Return in Future Update

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3D Touch App Switcher Gesture
Apple’s Software

September 21, 2017

While iOS 11 offers a huge number of new features for iPhone and iPad users, one of the more interesting omissions was the 3D Touch app switcher gesture for compatible iPhones.

But in a new email to a MacRumors reader, Apple’s Craig Federighi said that the gesture will return in a future software update.

Here’s the email:

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

Previously, with any 3D Touch iPhone running iOS 9 or 10, users could make a long press on the right side of the screen and drag left to activate the app switcher. The same feature can be accessed by double-clicking the Home button.

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