Apple has left its fans amazed by adding a new hardware capability to the iPhones running the latest iOS 14. The iPhone users can now tap the back of the device to perform basic tasks such as opening an app switcher, notification menu, scrolling through web pages, launch Siri, or take a screenshot. The actions can be customized by the user, depending upon his choice.
Back Tap lets you tap the back of your iPhone to perform a specific action. The Back Tap feature is extremely versatile and can add many other accessibility features such as VoiceOver or perform an action on a hardware Switch Control. It can be set up for accessibility features as well as for basic system actions and custom Shortcuts.
To activate this feature, Apple did not have to add any hardware. However, the function works only on iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, and of course, the newest iPhone 12 series. However, you have two choices here: Double Tap and Triple Tap. There is no single-tap option as it would trigger too many unintentional gestures. From the list of available tap options, you can only choose two different actions at a time.
Apple has recently added Apple MagSafe, which includes a magnetic ring at the back of the new iPhone 12 models. But the feature has been activated by a set of different hardware present already since the iPhone 8. Surprisingly, it works over a rugged case too and does not require a very hard tap.