You Can Now Tap The Back Of Your iPhone To Launch Apps And Much More
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You Can Now Tap The Back Of Your iPhone To Launch Apps And Much More

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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference started yesterday, and Apple announced a lot of new features for its operating systems, including iOS. A new Home Screen is in sight for iPhones, as well as redesigned Widgets and the brand new Picture and Picture. But Apple didn’t show off all of the new features for iOS 14.

One new feature the iOS 14 will have, and Apple failed to mention on stage, is “Back Tap” — a new accessibility feature that lets you double-tap or triple-tap the back of your iPhone to perform a custom task. To activate this on iOS 14 just go to Settings > Accessibility > Back Tap.

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Developers worldwide were given access to iOS 14 Beta to help them create apps for the operating system. They say the new Back Tap feature works surprisingly well, even with a phone case on. The feature can be used to quickly access any apps or for a wide range of system tasks, like taking a screenshot, locking or muting your phone, changing the volume, and so on. Have a look at how it works:

This isn’t the first time such a feature is used on a phone. The HTC U12+ lets users tap or squeeze to execute certain actions and Google Pixel users can check notifications when the display is locked just by tapping the screen.

iOS 14 also brings the CarKey feature, see how that works here:

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