In this guide, we will make you aware of the reason why you cannot swipe to fast forward videos on your iPhone running iOS 17. With the launch of the seventeenth iteration of the OS, the Cupertino giant has bought in a slew of new features. Along with that, there have been some tweaks to the existing features as well, which have gotten mixed reactions from the users. If we talk about the latter one, then Apple’s default media player has undergone a slight revamp of sorts.
Up until iOS 16, you could rewind or fast forward a video by swiping anywhere on the screen, apart from the usual seek bar present at the bottom and the 10-second timer buttons. However, beginning with iOS 17, you can no longer swipe to fast forward videos, which has infuriated quite a few users. This is because they found this method to be the most convenient and precise one to get this job done. So why exactly did the tech giant opt for this move? Let’s find out.
Cannot swipe to fast forward videos on iOS 17? Here’s why
While there’s no official statement from Apple as such, but three theories are being put forward as to why Apple decided to ditch the swipe gesture. First off, it could be due to the introduction of a few additional tweaks on videos, such as lifting subjects and visual look-ups. To make sure that these features work in a streamlined manner and to make sure that it doesn’t end up conflicting with user-induced actions on the screen, they had no choice but to remove the swipe gestures.
The second reason could be attributed to the fact that many users were already voicing their concern for ages to remove the swipe gesture as they usually ended up accidentally swiping on the screen which resulted in an unintentional video rewind or jump forward. However, it is hard to digest the fact that Apple would disable a feature just because a bunch of users had recommended it do so on one of their forums.
Lastly, it could simply be attributed to a bug. However, if that is really the case, then an issue managing to creep into the first iteration of the stable build is really a sad state of affairs.
All in all, it’s still a mystery as to why one cannot swipe to fast forward videos on iPhone running iOS 17. If Apple were to make any official announcement regarding the same, it would have done so before or at the launch event. Since that day has long passed by, we shouldn’t expect any statement from their end now. So we are all pinning our hopes on it being a bug that the tech giant in the subsequent update. As and when [and if] that happens, we will update this post accordingly.
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