Back Tap is one of those hidden gems in iOS 14 that came to light after the WWDC Keynote. Apple often does this with new features that trend toward Accessibility. However, while Back Tap is a valuable feature for those who may struggle with certain types of input, it also has a wide variety of applications for all iPhone users.
If you’ve ever run an iOS, iPadOS or watchOS beta on a device that you carry day-to-day, then you’ve probably been burned by some unexpected bugs at some point. This is especially true of the Developer Betas, which are the leading edge of Apple’s updates, and even more so early on in the beta process. It’s part of the deal. This is the price you pay to kick the tires on the cool, new toys.
I say unexpected bugs only because they sometimes just come out of left field and catch you off guard. You should always expect to encounter bumps in the road when running a beta, especially early on in the process. However, no one is immune to being lulled into a sense of complacency with relatively stable operation only to have some random stuff suddenly wreck a device. That was my predicament yesterday.
iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 certainly weren’t as ambitious as some of the software updates we have seen in years past. That was probably due to a combination of the impact of COVID-19 and the focus required to get macOS 11 and the beginnings of the Mac on Apple’s own processors out the door for developers.
However, Apple’s new Widget features on iOS did shake things up a bit and grab some headlines. I’ve been playing with the iOS and iPadOS betas and I have enjoyed a few aspects of these new capabilities. That said, while I think this is a good start in a different direction for Apple’s Home Screens, I am still left wanting more.