Apple executive Craig Federighi has apparently confirmed that a popular 3D Touch gesture for the iPhone that was removed in iOS 11.0 will be returning in an upcoming software update. The gesture was a quick way of getting to the multitasking screen, and required just a firm press on the left edge of the screen and a flick right to bring up the app switcher.
According to an email published by MacRumors, Federighi said that Apple had to temporarily pull the useful shortcut “due to a technical constraint.” Apparently the company has now managed to overcome that issue and restore it, with Federighi promising “we will be bringing it back in an upcoming iOS 11.x update.”
At least for now, the only way of bringing up the app switcher in iOS 11.0 is with a double-press of the home button (for iPhones that have one) or, once it’s available, by swiping the iPhone X’s virtual home bar up and pausing in the middle of the screen to trigger multitasking. That gesture still seems very unfamiliar and awkward to me, and I’m sure people will get accustomed to it, but it’s nice that iPhone X users will have the old 3D Touch option to fall back on.