This year, Apple moved away from its tradition of launching two iPhone models. Instead, the Cupertino company welcomed three iPhones to the world, including iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone is now available worldwide and carries a staggering $999 price tag.
The iPhone X was one of the hottest items during the Thanksgiving/Black Friday sales period, with more than six million units shipped. If you are of those millions, you should know that this thing in your hand is far more capable than any previous iPhone model.
In this section below, we have compiled a list of the best tips and tricks for your iPhone X. For some background, the iPhone X will hit more markets this month. If you are planning to grab the phone, make sure you stand in line in the front of Apple stores on the big day.
New swipe gestures
With iPhone X, Apple eliminated the classic home button in favor of an all-screen display. This means that you have a lot of work to do to get used to iPhone X’s gestures. To quickly open the App Switcher, just simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen (to the right). Once you do that, the app switcher will come up faster.
To force quit an app on iPhone X, tap and hold on an app from the App Switcher. After that, swipe up on the app you wish to quit. To go back home, hit the empty part in the bottom.
To access the Control Center on iPhone X, just simply swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen. If you cannot reach the top of the screen, you can enable Reachability by heading to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reachability.
With iPhone X, Apple re-positioned some control buttons and this may be a little confusing to many folks. To take a screenshot on iPhone X, you now need to press the Volume Up and Side button at the same time. To shut down your device, tap and hold the Side button and either Volume Up or Down buttons until you see the slider.
If you want to perform a hard reset on your iPhone X, the method is quite different than past iPhone models. To do this, quickly press and release the Volume Up button, and then quickly press and release the Volume Down button. After that, hold the Side button until the Apple logo shows up.
AssistiveTouch has been one of the highlights of iOS for years, allowing iPhone and iPad owners to control their device, without actually using the physical buttons. With iPhone X, AssistiveTouch has become more useful. To turn on AssistiveTouch, head to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch and turn on the switch for AssistiveTouch.
Face ID is the biggest highlight of iPhone X. Apple’s new security system replaces the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, allowing users to unlock their device with a simple glance. Face ID now can work with third-party apps like 1Password, Lockdown, and Nest. If you are a big fan of 1Password app, you can use Face ID to secure your important passwords. In other words, Face ID scans your face and instantly unlock your vault.
New camera features
With iPhone X, Apple introduces significant camera improvements. The iPhone X features a dual-camera system, which was debuted on the iPhone 7 Plus, but sensors have been much improved. The front-facing camera now uses TrueDepth technology with support for portrait mode. This means that you now can create portrait mode selfies with background blur.
Also read: iPhone X: 5 gestures you should know about
Got any questions? Don’t forget to let us know in the comments below.