iPhone 8 App Switcher Gesture Discovered In iOS 11 Code? [Video]

Developer Guilherme Rambo has continued the current trend of investigating Apple’s pre-release software seeds and has once again come up with the gold.

This isn’t the first time that Rambo has discovered areas of interest in Apple’s firmware files, but this latest find consists of two videos which relate to iOS 11, and more specifically how iOS 11 will function when installed on iPhone 8 without a Home button or Touch ID experience. The two discovered videos give us an insight into Apple’s potential solution for invoking Control Center and the app switcher.

In the currently live version of iOS installed on all of Apple’s current devices, Control Center is invoked through a swipe gesture from the bottom of the display, whereas multitasking, or the App Switcher as some call it, is called upon with a quick double press of the Home button. We know that the iPhone 8 won’t have a Home button or Touch ID sensor, so how will multitasking work on that device?

Both videos were shared on Twitter and pretty much immediately answer that question. The first video, shared with the text “This is interesting”, appears to be a quick tutorial video which shows Control Center being invoked with a right to left swipe gesture on the lock screen experience. Removing Control Center from a single vertical swipe gesture from the bottom of the display essentially means that Apple is free to put something else in its place. That’s where the second video comes in, shared with the text “This is also interesting”, showing a single fluid swipe up from the bottom of the display which moves into multitasking with a fluid animation.

The two videos may have only been discovered and shared recently from within the latest iOS 11 beta, but Rambo suggests that they have actually been present throughout the whole pre-release process but just haven’t been found until now.

This type of implementation definitely makes sense, and would instantly give users an intuitive way to access content and experiences on iOS devices without a Touch ID / Home button offering, but it’s also highly possible that it’s an early idea which has been replaced with something better.

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