Craig Federighi Says 3D Touch App Switcher Gesture Will Return in Future Update to iOS 11

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    Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi has revealed that a popular 3D Touch gesture for accessing the App Switcher will apparently return in a future update to iOS 11.

    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)!

    - craigOn devices that support 3D Touch running iOS 9 or iOS 10, users can press deeply on the left side of the screen, drag to the right, and release to quickly access the App Switcher. The gesture stopped working in the iOS 11 beta, and an Apple engineer later confirmed it was "intentionally removed."


    MacRumors has verified this email exchange passed through mail servers with an IP address range linked to Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California. Coupled with the fact Federighi has been replying to several customer emails since the iPhone X event last week, we're fairly confident in its accuracy.

    Federighi replies have also revealed that Face ID will work with most sunglasses and that Apple has considered a Nightstand mode for iPhone X.

    Article Link: Craig Federighi Says 3D Touch App Switcher Gesture Will Return in Future Update to iOS 11
     
  2. Geert76, Sep 21, 2017
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    Craig should be CEO of this company (not just because of this email)
     
  3. cmaier macrumors G3

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    As a general observation, Apple missed an opportunity in iOS 11 to make 3D touch more pervasive, more useful, and more discoverable (e.g. visual or other indications when it is available, etc.)
     
  4. Xytal macrumors regular

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    Hope you can toggle it off. Hated it. Wouldn’t work when I wanted it to and always activated when I’d be swiping to go back.
     
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    AHAHAHA.... Double First Craig for CEO :D
     
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    I'm super happy executives in Apple are actually answering questions from customers and Apple actually puts out statements regarding certain issues, for example.

    It feels like a slightly more open Apple and that can only be a good thing.
     
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    But will the ability to swipe down for notifications when using the reachability feature make a return?
     
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    inane-ness
     
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    How hard were you swiping when going back? Because it actually requires pressure exerted just on the edge. This would mean when you initiate a swipe you'd actually be pausing on the edge and applying pressure before continuing the swipe motion. A fluid swipe without pressure would solve this issue for you.
     
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    Why? Be specific, outlining his credentials and suitability.

    He's doing a really good job as SVP Software. But that is far different than being a CEO of a company the size of Apple..
     
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    I can't believe I'm saying this but, Thank you Apple!!
     
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    Its rather hard to use on the Plus models, but nice the smaller 4.7inch.
     
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    I’m daddy Craig all to myself.
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    Want * :(
     
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    Thank goodness. I never used it but some folks here are all out of sorts with this gone. Apple may have saved a few lives with this announcement!
     
  18. m4mario macrumors newbie

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    So 3D touch now is officially a gimmick. We had 2 OS versions that really did nothing to move it forward.
     
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    Oh Craig, PLEASE make it optional. It's actually annoying when you accidentally enable this crap while playing...
     
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    Yay!!! I was seriously disappointed when I updated to find that feature missing. Thanks Craig!!
     
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    Poo hoo. Ip6 doesn't have 3D Touch so what you never had, you never miss.
     
  22. BigTomCallaghan macrumors member

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    Best news all day, now if only my 7+ battery issues on iOS11 could have a fix...
     
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    Here here. Want to see more 3D Touch implementations, not less.
     
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    Agreed -- I like 3D Touch, and use it, but the lack of indicators where it exacts (and what it will do) makes for poor UI.
     

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