iOS 11 arrived this week with a lot of useful new additions, but also some unwanted tweaks. Among those tweaks was the removal of a 3D Touch gesture that allowed users to easily access the app switcher. But fans of the gesture need not worry, as it will be coming back very soon.
In an email exchange obtained by MacRumors, Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi responded to the omission of the gesture, saying it was done due to technical constraints.
“We regretfully had to temporarily drop support for this gesture due to a technical constraint,” wrote Federighi. “We will be bringing it back in an upcoming iOS 11.x update. Thanks (and sorry for the inconvenience)!”
Apple removed the feature with the intent of bringing it back in a later update. Federighi didn’t elaborate on the exact technical reason behind why it had to remove the feature. Possibly it’s still figuring out some iOS gesture controls with the iPhone X that impacted some gestures available for other iPhone users. That’s just speculation, but it seems odd that Apple would remove the feature out of nowhere, only to bring it back later.
In Federighi’s comments, he specifically mentioned it would arrive at a major “iOS 11.X” update, not a minor update (11.0.X). Apple tends to wait a while to release out the major updates, pushing out minor updates early mostly for bug fixes. That means it might be a few weeks or months before we see the gesture return.
Either way, the gesture feature is returning and that’s all that matters.