iOS 11.1 Beta 2 Brings Back 3D Touch App Switcher


macrumors bot
Apr 12, 2001

In the second beta of iOS 11.1, Apple has reintroduced the 3D Touch App Switcher gesture on devices that are equipped with 3D Touch.

The feature was "intentionally removed" during the iOS 11 beta testing process and was not reimplemented ahead of the official iOS 11 launch, but Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi promised it would be re-added in a future iOS 11 update.

In an email to a MacRumors reader, Federighi said the feature needed to be temporarily removed in iOS 11 because of technical issues.
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)!
The gesture, first implemented in iOS 9, allows users with a compatible iPhone to 3D Touch at the left edge of the display to bring up the App Switcher. When it was pulled from the beta, many iPhone users were disappointed as it is a convenient method for switching between apps with a single gesture. Sans gesture, the only way to bring up the App Switcher on an iPhone is by a double press on the Home button.

iOS 11.1 beta 2 is currently available for developers, but a public beta should be coming later this week. We're still early in the beta testing process, so it's not yet clear when iOS 11.1 will see a public release.

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macrumors G3
Apr 27, 2015
Philadelphia, PA
It actually works a bit differently (for me). When I use it, it just goes to the most recent app opened. Similar to the X feature where you slide from left to right on the bottom bar.

Edit: You sorta slide up while in the process to get to the app switcher. Takes a little getting used to.
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macrumors 6502
Jul 8, 2008
Can Notification Center or whatever it is called now be dragged down while using reachability? Used that much more than 3D Touch app switcher (happy to see that one come back though).


macrumors regular
Jun 24, 2013
What if “technical” constraint was human confusion: iPhone X switcher now from left or bottom? No biggie, but not ‘Apple simple’