Remember those introduction videos that Apple created to assist people familiarize themselves with the initial iPhone? In 2007, the company’s goal was to get users comfy with interacting with an enormous (at the time) touchscreen and showing them slide to unlock. It’s been a long time since Apple has had a need to show customers a way to use the iPhone again, but the removal of the home button and debut of Face ID are definitely large enough changes to warrant some new lessons.
Today Apple released “A guided Tour” for the iPhone X, a video that clocks in at around four and a half minutes. In it, the company goes over all the fundamental gestures that consumers of the phone can perform daily like swiping up to go home, swiping up and holding to launch the app switcher, quickly jumping between apps by swiping across the home indicator, and setting up Face ID.
The company is also encouraging people to not wait for Face ID to authenticate you before swiping informed the lock screen. “You will glance and swipe all in one motion.” If you do that, Face ID will often feel quicker than touch ID.
A lot of what’s covered is stuff that you would possibly already know by currently — even though you don’t have or decide to get an iPhone X, but there are a few helpful tidbits. I wasn’t aware that you will drag up an Animoji and drop it in as a sticker over any iMessage conversation.
Separately, if video walkthroughs aren’t your thing, Apple has also added support documents to its web site covering all of those same essentials for Face ID and navigation gestures. There’s also a new page that covers the Super retina OLED display, where Apple says that slight color shift and even minor burn-in over time are “expected behaviors” of OLED.
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