When Apple announced the iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus, they had a laundry list of new features to talk about. They discussed the improved camera, the new screen, wireless charging, and many other things, but they curiously failed to mention that they just matched one of biggest features Android has touted over Apple for years — fast charging.
In its never-ending quest to innovate its flagships, Apple has finally decided to do away with the iconic home button present since the first iPhone back in 2007. That means screenshots, force-restarting, switching apps, Apple Pay, and the home screen all work differently on the new iPhone X. One of the more important aspects, Siri, is also slightly different.
The fact that the iPhone X doesn't have a home button means that you'll need to learn a few new gestures. There's the home gesture, the multitasking gesture, and even a new way to access Apple Pay, among others. But one less-common action that has issues due to the lack of a home button is taking a screenshot.
Every now and then, an iPhone will freeze up and become unresponsive due to a software glitch. It can be a buggy app that somehow interferes with iOS or a software update that somehow didn't install properly. Whatever the cause, it's safe to say that no iPhone is immune to this problem, not even the new iPhone X.
One click on the iPhone X's side button locks or wakes the device. Two clicks opens Apple Pay. Holding down activates Siri. So how do you shut down the iPhone X then? On every other iPhone, you hold the side button down until the "slide to power off" option appears, but that doesn't exist on the iPhone X.
For Apple Pay users, the iPhone X will be an adjustment. Gone are the days where you could rest your finger on the home button and hold your device within range of a contactless reader. Without Touch ID on the iPhone X, this isn't possible. But have no fear, Face ID is here.
So you saw the iPhone X with its bezel-less design and fell in love. You imagined watching videos and enjoying HD content on its gorgeous 5.8" OLED screen. At first, you worried about the lack of Touch ID, but Apple assured you that Face ID is an adequate alternative. But wait, what about the other features of the home button? How will you even access the app switcher?
If you've been following our iPhone X coverage, you're probably aware that gestures are a big deal in iOS 11 for the iPhone X. Without a home button on Apple's new super-premium smartphone, several actions had to be mapped to gestures instead, which impacts other areas of the OS like the Control Center.
It appears as though the cutting-edge iPhone X has one-upped its Android competitors like the Galaxy S8 when it comes to facial recognition. Apple packed the flagship with an array of front-facing sensors to compliment its selfie camera, which allows the new device to more accurately analyze faces.
With the arrival of the exclusive iPhone X, Apple has caught up with the trend of full-screen smartphones with high aspect ratios like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Essential Phone. In order to accomplish this feat, sacrifices had to be made, which meant the demise of the iconic home button and Touch ID. A slew of other functions such as the App Switcher, Siri, and Apple Pay had to be reassigned as a result —along with entering DFU mode.
After learning that you'll need to spend at least $74 on a special charger and a USB Type-C Lightning cable to enable fast charging on the new iPhone X and iPhone 8 models, you may be wondering why you can't just use the standard Lightning cable. While we can't answer why Apple didn't include the USB-C cable in the box with their new phones, we can explain why you need USB-C to enable fast charging.
While fully closing apps on your iPhone can keep it running at peak efficiency since it frees up memory and stops background refreshing, it's best used as a way to deal with unresponsive apps. When you have an issue with a certain app, just force-close it instead of rebooting. But the process of force-closing on the new iPhone X is different than other models, so how do you do it?
While all of Apple's tech used for Face ID on the iPhone X is impressive, it's still debatable whether it's more convenient than Touch ID. There are also concerns that your face could be used to track your shopping patterns or even be seen during mass surveillance by intelligence agencies. More importantly, it could be easier for law enforcement, and even thieves, to force you to unlock your iPhone.
Is the home button the main reason you're waiting to pull the trigger on a new iPhone X? Are you worried that you'll miss its functionality too much, or that simple things like accessing your home screen will be too hard? Well, don't worry about any of that, because Apple came up with some intuitive gestures that will make the old home button seem clunky and outdated once you get used to things.
Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X announcement went about exactly as the rumors predicted. Really, there was only one surprise — the fact that all of the new models will support the Qi wireless charging standard.
Apple has something big in store for consumers in 2017 to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. One major surprise is that Apple has decided to forgo on releasing a 7S in favor of a redesigned iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. To further commemorate its 10-year milestone, the Cupertino-based company has released the very exclusive iPhone X, garnering much excitement in the process.