In case it slipped your mind, today is the release date for the 5.8-inch Apple iPhone XS
and 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max
. The iPhone XR
, with its 6.1-inch LCD display, will launch on October 26th. Today, Apple posted an official guided tour video of its new handsets. For many iPhone users, this will be the first model they've owned that doesn't have a home button, so the first thing to learn is that to go "home," swipe up from the bottom.
Swiping up and pausing gives the user access to his open apps; close each app by swiping it off the screen. Swiping down from the top right opens the control center (which closes with a swipe down). And notifications can be seen with a swipe down from the top. One hand can be used to control any of the new iPhone models by enabling "Reachability" in settings, and swiping down from the bottom edge
of the display. This brings the screen down to where everything is a thumb's length away.
Everything that required a fingerprint scan with Touch ID can use Face ID, including verifying your identity for Apple Pay. And with Depth Control, you can add the bokeh effect to portraits even after the picture has been processed. It is up to you to determine how blurry you want the background to be. The video also discusses something new to the iPhone: dual-SIM capabilities.
Other new features include Memoji, which are animated and cartoonish versions of your face moving in real time with your facial expressions. And don't forget Group FaceTime, which allows as many as 32 people to video chat at once. This was delayed by Apple, but recently returned with the developer and public betas of iOS 12.1
, so it shouldn't be too long before this becomes a feature that even non-beta testers can enjoy.
If you're not all that familiar with Apple's gesture based navigation, or just want to take a tour of the new iPhones, click on the video at the top of this article.