Apple finally released its beautiful, new iPhone X on 3rd November 2017 – although with delivery times initially set at 5-6 weeks, this took customers perilously close to Christmas.Many of the new iPhone features are intuitive although some are not quite so obvious. So, if you were lucky enough to receive your new model from Santa, here are 10 top tricks and tips that will enhance your enjoyment.
Double click Side Button to open Apple Pay
Looking for an easier way to pay bills without having to remove your debit or credit card from your wallet? If you double-click the side button on the right-hand side of the device, it will open up Apple Pay.
Home Indicator Opens The App Switcher
Without a physical Home button, Apple added a Home indicator at the bottom of the screen. The Home indicator is used for unlocking the device and for activating the app switcher. To activate the app switcher, you have to drag the opened app with your finger from the Home indicator to towards the right of the screen. Then you will see all of the opened apps lined up in order to switch between them easier.
Swipe down from the left ear for the “Cover Sheet.”
Swiping down from the “left ear” (the area to the left of the notch) at the top of the iPhone X, will reveal the “Cover Sheet.” The Cover Sheet used to be known as the Notification Center.
Swipe From The “Right Ear” For Control Center
When you swipe down from the “right ear” (the area to the right of the notch) at the top of the iPhone X, it will show the Control Center. You can also customise the Control Center under the Settings app > Control Center > Customize Controls. Note: This is how you can see the battery life that is left on your iPhone X as well.
Power Off/Medical ID/Emergency Call With The iPhone X
To power off, pull up the Medical ID or make an emergency call with the iPhone X, simply hold the side button and either of the volume buttons at the same time. Then slide to power the device off, pull up the Medical ID or make an emergency call.
Force Reset Your iPhone X
In case you want to do a hard reset on your iPhone X, there are three steps: 1.) tap and release the volume up button 2.) tap and release the volume down button 3.) hold down the side button on the right-hand button for a few seconds until you notice the device restart and show the Apple logo that appears when the power is turned on.
Record 4K Videos At 60 fps
By default, the iPhone X is set to record 4K videos at 30 fps. However, you can set it to record at 60 fps to ensure a higher and smoother resolution. This setting is found under the Settings app > Camera > Record Video.
Tap On ‘Done’ After Moving Around Or Deleting Apps
On other iPhones, you normally have to push down on an icon until it wiggles to move around or delete apps from the Home screen. And then tapping on the Home button turns off the app icon edit mode.
On the iPhone X, you also have to push down on an app icon to move around or delete them. But Apple has added a “Done” button at the top right of the screen of the iPhone X in the edit mode for when you are done moving around or deleting apps.
Control which apps use Face ID for authentication
You can customise which apps use Face ID for authentication. This can be controlled by going to the Settings app > Face ID & Passcode > (Enter Passcode) > Other Apps.
Close Apps That Are Open
In order to close apps that are open on the iPhone X, you will need to activate the App Switcher by swiping from the Home Indicator at the bottom and dragging the app over to the right. Then push down on an app for a few seconds until you see a red button at the top of each app card. Then you can slide up on the app just like you would on other iPhones or tap on the red button to close the app. This comes in handy if you want to close an app running in the background such as a streaming music app or a GPS app.