Apple Intentionally Removed The 3D Touch App Switching Feature In iOS 11


When 3D Touch was introduced with the iPhone 6s, there were a plethora of neat tricks that users could perform. One of the basic purposes of 3D Touch is to provide users with shortcuts. In addition to this, Apple also introduced a method to initiate the app switching screen via 3D Touch.  All you had to do was firmly press on the extreme left edge of the panel and drag the screen to the right. This would open the multitasking screen from where you can choose to switch between running apps. However, the feature has been removed in iOS 11. So let's dive in to see why Apple chose to remove the 3D Touch gesture from iOS 11.

Apple Removed The 3D Touch App Switching Gesture From iOS 11

Apple had seen fit to seed the second iOS 11 beta for developers and a public beta a few days ago. It started as a bug report but ended up in the removal of a feature. Bryan Irace formally stated to Apple that the 3D Touch multitasking feature was not working in the latest iOS 11 beta.

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However, Apple, in response, stated that the feature was intentionally removed. Apple's reply to the case was pretty short:

“Please know that this feature was intentionally removed.”

Previously, users were expecting that the company would roll out the feature later on, but as of yet, it has not been included in the latest iOS 11 beta. Definitely, users were not expecting that Apple would remove the feature for good. At this point in time, we're totally unaware of why Apple would remove the aforesaid 3D Touch multitasking gesture.

The feature itself was very neat - allowing users to limit the use of the Home button to some extent and open the multitasking screen from the edge of the display. In addition to this, adopting the 3D Touch gesture to switch between different apps was a whole lot quicker as there was a lower chance of error compared to double tapping the Home button. The feature was present on the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Now that Apple has removed it, it would not be available on the highly anticipated iPhone 8. However, that is if Apple plans to revert its decision and add it back in iOS 11.

There will probably be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for that. This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on Apple removing the 3D Touch multitasking gesture from iOS 11? How often did you use the feature? Share your views in the comments.