You might not have noticed that your iPhone got a new button last month. Of course, Apple did not sneak into your phone and covertly affix the button, but the operating system, “iOS 14” which is the latest version of Apple – includes a feature called “Back Tap”, which adds a “button.” New for your phone blurs the line between hardware and software.
The “Back Tap” feature completely transforms the back of your iPhone into a giant touch-sensitive button that you can tap 2 or 3 times to run specific functions on your phone. And there’s a good chance that you haven’t noticed it yet, as Apple has put the new feature settings in the Accessibility menu on your phone.
The purpose of the new feature is to give users more options to interact with their devices. Most “back Tap” options reflect this, as there are settings to open the app switcher, notification menu, or Control Center, browse an app or webpage, run “Siri” (the voice assistant), or take a screenshot.
“back Tap” feature is also linked to Apple’s highly powerful Shortcuts app, which means you can effectively get these new buttons to do almost anything you can imagine.