Finally, 3D Touch App Switcher makes a comeback with the release of iOS 11.1 beta 2. Apple had revoked support for the gesture with initial iOS 11.0.x release. Here are all the details on this.
If you remember, just after the initial iOS 11 release in September, some iOS user had written to Apple’s Senior VP of Software, Craig Federighi, via an email showing his disgust about 3D Touch App Switcher’s removal in newly released firmware.
Craig Federighi’s Email Response About 3D Touch App Switcher….
Quite surprisingly, he got Craig’s response who apologized for all the inconvenience that might have been caused and promised that Apple will be bringing that gesture back in one of the future updates. A few weeks after the response, Apple today released iOS 11.1 beta 2 with the gesture coming back as promised. All the 3D Touch-capable devices can now be able to use 3D Touch App Switcher as before.
One thing that Craig had mentioned in his email was that they had removed the gesture in the iOS 11.0.x release because of some “technical constrain,” that was likely the result of iPhone X’s gesture-based interface. Regardless of what the technical constrain was all about, it appears that Apple has taken over that issue in latest beta release.
Available currently to the developers, and likely to be made available to the public testers pretty soon, one can download iOS 11.1 beta 2 by going to Settings>General>Software Updates if you have already installed the iOS betas’ configuration profile on your device. You can also have the IPSW download using developer.apple.com if you prefer having the updates in old-fashioned manner through iTunes.