The weekend of iPhone X release, my Twitter has been filled with #AnimojiKaraoke posts. And after a long time, I’m actually happy with a trending Twitter hashtag. This one is thanks to iPhone X’s new animated emoji feature – Animoji. In Animoji Karaoke videos, you’re basically lip syncing your favorite songs with your favorite (or most appropriate) Animoji, with the actual song synced up. This makes for a fun video because Animoji’s are so expressive!
At first, it looked like the iPhone X wouldn’t have the Reachability feature. A curious choice for a device that has a taller screen than the iPhone 8 Plus. The removal seemed justified because the Home button itself is gone. Now that the iPhone X is out in the wild, we know that Reachability lives on the iPhone X. But it is not turned on by default.
Yes, we all love Touch ID but actually, Face ID is even more seamless in actual use – in all measurable ways. It authenticates simply when you look at the iPhone X’s screen. The same goes for the setup process. With Touch ID, you’d have to put your finger in every possible awkward angle. For Face ID, you just move your face around and the camera and sensors do the job.
At the bottom of the iPhone X, you’ll find the brand new Home indicator. It’s a little software white Home bar. The area is used for swipe gestures. For unlocking the phone, taking you home and even for invoking Reachability. When iPhone X lost its Home button, Control Center lost its bottom edge gesture privilege. So where’s it gone?
iPhone X is an exercise in rewriting muscle memory of the last 10 years of iPhone usage. A side effect of an all screen design and the removal of the Home button is the gesture-based interface. And to make the gesture-based interface work, Apple had to move some of the iOS furniture around. This means accessing features you use dozens of times a day are now slightly different. Everything from Control Center to Siri to going back to the Home screen.
In the last few years, we’ve established that mindlessly force quitting all apps multiple times a day doesn’t improve iPhone’s performance or the battery life. In fact, you might be doing the exact opposite because the app then needs more resources starting up again. Apple clearly wants users to stop doing this. Which is why they’ve changed the force quit app gesture in iPhone X, making the process slightly more tedious.
The first major point update to iOS 11 is here and you’re going to want to update. This ~300 MB update has the three things we care the most about – battery life improvements, stability improvements, and new emojis. Here’s everything that’s new in this update.
Safari’s update for iOS 11 is filled with technology updates that mostly work behind the scenes. The Cross Site Tracking prevention feature, for example, will automatically block trackers for you.
The mainstream new iPhones are here. And once you’ve done setting up your new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, your first order of business should be installing apps. And we’ve got the list of the best iPhone apps for your brand new iPhone. Everything for the essential social media apps to utilities and productivity apps that are unique to iOS.
iOS 11 is one of those behind the scenes update. You’ll find big sweeping changes on the iPad. But on the iPhone, they’re much more subtle. There are new technologies under the hood. And new features like Do Not Disturb While Driving or QR Code scanning that only get a mention in the Settings app.