Finally, the iPhone X goes on sale on Friday morning! Despite its $1,000 price tag and news of production issues, it appears to be as popular as any iPhone ever released.
With launch day preorders selling out within minutes and massive lines forming outside Apple Stores around the world, it looks like Apple has another home run on its hands.
In fact, if you try ordering an iPhone X online right now, you’re facing a four- to five-week wait.
Welcome the iPhone X
Announced on September 12, the iPhone X marks the biggest redesign of the iPhone since it was introduced 10 years ago.
It has the much-anticipated game-changing features like a 5.8-inch “edge-to-edge” OLED display with Super Retina resolution, a depth scanning facial recognition feature called Face ID, wireless charging and better cameras including two rear lenses with Optical Image Stabilization.
No Home button? What now?
More importantly, it’s the first iPhone sans the iconic Home button and will rely solely on screen gestures for navigation instead.
Naturally, without the Home button, things will be quite different on the iPhone X compared to its predecessors.
Prepare for a whole new set of muscle memory training with these five must-know gestures that you’ll use with the iPhone X:
1. Go back to the home screen
This is the burning iPhone X question: without the home button, how can you possibly go back to the home screen?
Since the Home button is so 2016 (like the headphone jack is so 2015), you do it with screen gestures, of course. To return to the iPhone X’s home screen, just swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
This gesture is also used for unlocking the iPhone X with Face ID and holding that gesture will open the app multitasking screen.
2. Switch between apps
Within the app multitasking screen, simply swipe across the white line at the bottom of the screen to switch between all your running apps.
3. Take a screenshot
Traditionally, holding an iPhone’s Home and power button at the same time is how you take screenshots. Obviously, with the absence of the Home button on the iPhone X, this action will change.
To take screenshots on the iPhone X, you will have to quickly tap the right side “power” and the volume up button at the same time. If done properly, you’ll see a thumbnail of your screenshot on the bottom left of your screen.
4. Access Control Center
The Control Center is where you access your iPhone’s toggles like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Airplay, Flashlight and the screen brightness slider.
To access the iPhone X’s Control Center, swipe down from the right corner of the screen.
5. Turn off or restart the iPhone X
To turn off or restart an iPhone X, press the right side button and the volume up button at the same time (similar to a screenshot capture) and hold them until you see the “slide to power off ” option.
Bonus: On older iPhones, you can simply hold the power button to get the “slide to power off” screen. Holding the side button on an iPhone X will launch Siri.
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