We tend to treat accessibility features in operating systems as afterthoughts, but every user could benefit from checking out what’s available. Apple’s iOS 14 adds several such capabilities, including VoiceOver AI recognition for photos and apps that don’t include built-in accessibility options, sound recognition for things like fire alarms and doorbells, and sign language recognition in FaceTime.
One new capability in particular has received a lot of attention: Back Tap.
Back Tap is just what it sounds like: it lets you tap the back of your iPhone to perform an action. The intended use case is to turn on another accessibility feature, such as VoiceOver or to perform an action on a hardware Switch Control. But the feature is extremely versatile: it can be set up for accessibility features as well as basic system actions and custom Shortcuts.