The lack of new iPhones at Apple’s event last week was a bit disappointing, but the company had a surprise in store for us: the rather sudden release of iOS 14 on Wednesday. And while we’ve been aware of its key features since the software was announced in June, users are discovering a number of more subtle upgrades – and one in particular could change the game.
There is a new feature called Back Tap in the accessibility settings of iOS 14. This allows the user to access a variety of customizable controls simply by tapping the back of the phone. The iPhone 11 is already one of our best camera phones, but besides the raw tech, it’s subtle iOS enhancements like this that keep it high on the list.
So you̵7;re telling me all I have to do is tap the back of my phone twice to take a screenshot now? Yes, iOS 14 is here on something pic.twitter.com/KDczQfwCQRSeptember 17, 2020
There are tons of things to do with Back Tap, including taking a screenshot, turning on your flashlight, opening Control Center, and starting one of your shortcuts. There is both a double and a triple option, similar to the customizable single / double settings for AirPods (check out the most fun AirPods cases if you want to outfit yours).
While it’s unlikely to come across in Settings, Back Tap is easy to enable and customize. All users have to do is go to Settings, Accessibility, Touch, and then tap Back. There you will find a huge list of double and triple tap options.
Apple calls Back Tap in its comprehensive iOS 14 feature list (where it is relegated to the “Even More” section) “a simple and easy way to trigger convenient tasks for users with accessibility requirements”. But Back Tap could bring a lot of convenience to all users. For example, creatives who need to take a quick screenshot or use a shortcut to convert an image type can now do so with a simple double or triple tap.
I’ve updated to iOS 14 and the “tap back” feature is tap AMAZINNNNG2 – to take a screenshot pic.twitter.com/DIOmY0AA5MSeptember 17, 2020
Ok my favorite thing about ios 14 is back tap pic.twitter.com/HK6MBaSVBHS September 17, 2020
The iOS 14 update allows you to take a screenshot by double-tapping the back of your phone. But you have to turn it on first. Settings> Accessibility> Touch> Tap back> Screenshot You’re welcome? pic.twitter.com/sIapUFIwFzSeptember 21, 2020
While Twitter has toasted Widgets, iOS 14’s well-known heading feature, many are impressed with the helpful functionality of Back Tap (with several citing screenshots as one of the most useful actions). It just goes to show that sometimes the simplest features are the best.
With the iPhone 12 likely to be delayed until at least next month, we’ll have to wait a little longer to see what new hardware-based features are in store. So it is a good job that iOS 14 is here to bring life to your current device. If you can’t wait to upgrade, check out today’s best iPhone deals below. And don’t forget to check out the best deals available during Apple Amazon Prime Day.