3D Touch gesture to access the app switcher will return with future iOS 11 update

3D Touch gesture to access the app switcher will return with future iOS 11 update


A gesture that Apple had to drop from iOS 11 due to a "technical constraint," will return in a future update of the company's mobile operating system. The dropped gesture allowed iPhone users to quickly reach the app switcher to switch between open apps. The user simply hard-pressed along the left edge of the screen, and swiped to the right and released. The user could then swipe to the right to see a carousal of open apps. Apps could be closed by flicking them up and off the screen.

This information was discovered in an email sent by Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi. The executive was responding to an iPhone user who had asked Federighi in an email if Apple could bring back the 3D Touch multitasking gesture in iOS 11. In his email, Federighi said that a future iOS 11.x update will bring it back.

Currently on iOS 11, double pressing the Touch ID button will bring up the app switcher. On the Apple iPhone X, which won't have a Touch ID button, swiping the virtual home bar up and pausing in the middle will set off the app switcher and the multitasking capabilities of the phone.

You can check out the now removed 3D Touch gesture that accessed the app switcher by clicking the video at the top of the story.

source: MacRumors, Adrian Zaone

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16 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31109; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple is realizing the mistake it made, by removing TouchID. The home button was in integral part of the iOS system, and worked so damn well. Why ditch it? This gesture based system, won't be as efficient, and that's showing now. The iPhone X, is becoming more of a pass, with each article posted. Glad I opted for the Note 8. It has it all, and then some...and then some more...and then the S-Pen...and then...you guys get the picture.

2. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Actually the picture we get from your comment is you being a huge Samsung fanboy right now....lol This article is all about the iPhone but you had to insert your poor little Samsung Note 8 which has NO relevance what so ever in to this article. I think you are an utmost genuine troll and I don't believe a single word you just said here. Everybody will buy the iPhone X IF they want and WHEN they want it, if you use your over priced ANDROID phone i's up to you. But this universe doesn't evolve around your Note 8 okay...?? lol

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Face recognition is just a temporary placeholder for screen embedded fingerprint scanners, period. It's inconvenient, isn't fool proof, needs a dedicate CPU, is slower, consume more energy, doesn't work in certain situations and just isn't cost effective. The sole reason Apple went with it is to bring itself closer to the competition. Samsung; in other words. I'm positive that the future iPhone X's successor will likely abandon this technology as Apple couldn't finalize the screen embedded FPS in time and had to take a different approach, they had to opt for a temporary solution and that's where 3D Face ID comes in! Oh well, G'Day!

7. Xilam unregistered

If face recognition actually turns out to be more secure and less troublesome (lets not compare it to Samsung "hit or miss" until we actually have device in hands of consumers) - then is there really any reason to go back? These same "nay-sayers" raised hell when apple introduced the 5S with first imbedded FP sensor. But it turned out to be absolute bliss to use compared to Atrix attempt of whatever that was. These same "nay-sayers" that ridiculed and laughed at Apples first imbedded FP sensor are now clinging to the same the FP sensor design that apple is removing. Probably the same exact "nay-sayers" that ridiculed the iPhone for lack of physical keyboard. Am I right? These same "nay-sayers" are comparing apples "yet to be tried" attempt to previous executions by Android manufacturers that were either too slow/awkward, or have been fooled by regular youtubers (not just in labs).

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31109; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't care what everyone will buy, I won't. It's a pass for me, to hell with what everyone else buys...That's their choice.

8. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

"Apple is realizing the mistake it made, by removing TouchID. The home button was in integral part of the iOS system, and worked so damn well. Why ditch it? This gesture based system, won't be as efficient, and that's showing now." What? Did you even read the article? It has nothing to do with iPhone X or the removal of the home button, the multi tasking gesture came out with the 6S In iOS 9 and was removed in iOS 11. They removed a gesture and got crap from fans asking for it back. Did you hear that, people want the gesture back and you're saying apple made a mistake bringing in gestures. Dark Jedi is a joke, he's in denial of being a Samsung fanboy. Bro you need to bed that Note 8 because that's all you hear and see. Dark Jedi is TechieXp with proper grammar.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31109; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Who is Dark Jedi? Apple dropped the ball, by removing TouchID, and its showing. Call me what you will, but the iPhone X could've been way better. That's not in my head, it's a near consensus.

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm with you on this one. The lack of Touch ID means longer unlocked times, Control Center hard to reach (I should think that, on the X, Apple will ditch the app switcher by dragging from the bottom and enable the CC with that gesture, just like it is in the classic iPhone).

16. Xilam unregistered

I rather have conrol center when I swipe from the bottom than an app switcher that I never really use.

4. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

That was a pretty good feature in iOS 10. I'm glad that they at least have a plan to bring it back with a future update.

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

One just can't help but think that the 3D touch is more or less useless on an iPhone. Even though I love the all gesture based iPhone X, one just can't help but think why Apple didn't take advantage of its 3D touch that can recognize up to 3 levels of pressure? Swipe-up to dismiss an app, sounds natural. But the gesture to open the multi-tasking menu is simply awkward. You've to swipe-up, pause for a moment then continue to swipe up to access the multi-tasking menu, which just doesn't sound convenient to me. It'd be easier if one had to force touch the bottom of the display then swipe up normally to access the said menu. I mean, it makes PERFECT sense, doesn't it? Same can be said about the action center and notifications menu. Swipe down normally to access quick toggles while swipe with a bit of force to access notifications. Simple, isn't it? I just don't know which direction Apple is heading with that ugly iOS11 and half-baked iPhone X with that horrendous cutout display. Apple has lost its charm, I'd say! Oh well, G'Day!

11. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

"One just can't help but think that the 3D touch is more or less useless on an iPhone." One would be wrong to think that.

9. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Good news, really good news. The 3D touch multi tasking gesture is my favourite feature, I'm not going anywhere near iOS 11 until is come back. And even than I'm gonna hold back and wait for a few reviews as Apple stuffed up 3D in iOS 11.

17. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

My favourite 3D touch feature is the Keyboard turned into a Trackpad by hard pressing it. Relocating the cursor on the desired word was never easier on a phone.

12. NDKsis

Posts: 14; Member since: May 31, 2017

Remove the truly loved feature then bring it back. Real innovation wow.

15. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

in fact I don’t miss it! because I didn’t like it!

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