Have Apple patented "back tap" feature for mobile devices?

One of the coolest features of Apple iPhone, iPad is back tap. Users are able to enable and associate "double tap" or "triple tap" events with specified actions.

Can this type of features be patented? If yes, I wonder if that feature has been patented by Apple or not. If patented, what is the patent ID?


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Apple has applied for a US patent application US20210010797A1. It is a lot more technical than you would think. It basically is a way of using interferometry sensors to detect where the vibrations are coming from. Once you know that, it would allow you to detect taps on the back of a phone (for instance). This is only an application and I would expect the claims to be amended before a patent is granted. This article explains it somewhat.

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