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When I discovered that there was an iPhone shortcut where you could send someone the entire Bee Movie script as hundreds of text messages, I knew that Apple had some more hidden gems to be discovered. While it’s not Bee Movie related, the latest hack doing the rounds is that the apple on the back of the iPhone *actually* has a purpose (yes, aside from being an excellent branding strategy).

So what can it do? In a viral Instagram reel, @tenilleserpa posted the hack which lets you double or triple tap the back of the iPhone to perform anything from a screenshot to ejecting water from your phone.

Of course, I had to try it. It seems to work on an iPhone 12 for me and judging from the comments on the reel, some previous models as well. However, it doesn’t work on the iPhone 7 or anything below that. So RIP if that’s you.

Also I hate to burst your apple-shaped bubble, but you don’t have to click on the apple to access this feature. Just double click anywhere on the back of your iPhone and Bob’s your uncle.

Here are a list of neat functions you can use this trick for.

  • App switcher (my personal favourite, because my home screen is not organised)
  • Control Centre
  • Home
  • Lock Screen
  • Mute
  • Notification Centre
  • Reachability (this brings content further down the screen for those with a plus)
  • Screenshot
  • Shake (undo)
  • Siri
  • Spotlight
  • Volume Down
  • Volume Up

For those a little more tech savvy, you can use the apple-tap feature to access specific shortcuts (like the water eject feature). AND yes that means I can double tap and send someone the entire Bee Movie script.

Oh and if you want that Bee Movie hack, all you have to do is download this shortcut.

Have fun.

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