Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the iPhone X with this course, part of iOS 11: iPhone and iPad Essential Training.
- [Instructor] On November 3rd, 2017, Apple released the iPhone X. While the iPhone X runs iOS 11 like the other devices in the current iPhone and iPad lineup, the iPhone X has a radically different design from those other devices. Specifically, it's the first iPhone that doesn't have a home button. Instead, its screen extends all the way to the bottom of the device, where the home button on other devices is usually found. Now, if you have an iPhone X, you'll still be able to follow along with this course, but there are certain features and functions I'll be covering that involve the home button, as well as some other button combinations.
In this movie, I want to go over the most important differences of the iPhone X here in one place, and you can refer back here if you come across movies that mention the home button, and you're not sure what to do on your iPhone X. First of all, because there's no home button, touch ID, the feature that lets you unlock your phone with your fingerprint, no longer exists on the iPhone X. Instead, when you first set up your iPhone X, you most likely set up face ID, which uses the iPhone's camera and other sensors to detect your face to unlock your device. Notice the lock button at the top of the screen indicating the phone is locked.
But now, if I look at my phone, that unlocks it. At this point, I swipe up from the very bottom of the screen to go to the home screen. Once your phone is unlocked, you can swipe through your home screen to view your apps just like on other iPhones. To go back to the main home screen, you can either swipe back in the other direction or swipe up from the bottom of the screen again. That always takes you back to your first home screen. If I go into an app, notice this bar at the bottom of the screen. This is the home indicator. It lets you know where to swipe up to go back to the home screen.
From here, I can just swipe up on that, and it takes me back. Now, if you're using an app in landscape orientation, for instance, if I go into, say, Maps, and I switch to landscape, notice we see the bar at the bottom of the screen, here. I would swipe up from here to go back to the home screen. Now, in some apps, the home indicator will fade away so as not to cover the content you're viewing on the screen, and it will appear again if you tap on the screen, or sometimes if you just move the phone. Another use of the home button on previous iPhones was to open up the multitasking bar by double-clicking the home button, which then lets you switch between apps you've recently been using without having to go back to the home screen first.
I cover this in the movie on multitasking in the first chapter of this course, and you can watch that for the details. But to open the multitasking bar on the iPhone X, you swipe up from the bottom of the screen, just like you want to go home, but you want to pause for a second with your finger on the screen. After a moment, the multitasking bar opens, you can lift your finger off the screen at that point, and you can select the app you want to jump to. You can do this from within any app. Again, just swipe up and hold. When you see the other apps appear, you can release.
Again, I can swipe through and find the app that I want to work with. I'll swipe up again to go home. At first glance, this seems a little slower than double-clicking the home button to get to multitasking as we used to do. It is a little bit slower if you do this with the method that Apple suggests. But another way to open the multitasking bar is to swipe up and to the right diagonally from the bottom of the screen. That immediately takes you into the multitasking bar. It takes a little practice, but it's pretty effortless once you get the feel for it. Again, from there, just select the app you want to work with.
If you want to switch from the current app to the previous app you were using, instead of using the multitasking bar, just swipe the home indicator horizontally to the right. That takes you back to the previous app. You can keep swiping to the right to go back to the other apps you were using, in the order you were using them. Or, you can swipe left to go forward again. If you want to jump to any other open app, again, just drag up and to the right to open up the multitasking view again, and pick your app from there. One more thing to know about this is that if you want to force-quit an app, on other iPhones, you just swipe the app's preview up from here.
We can't do that on the iPhone X. Instead, we're going to hold down one of these app preview screens for a second, and when you see the red symbols appear here, you can either tap one to quit that app or just swipe up on an app to close it. Tap anywhere outside the app preview area to leave the force-quit mode, and then tap again or swipe up from the bottom of the screen to close this view. All right, so that's multitasking without the home button. Now, also in chapter one, I cover Control Center, the central location where you can quickly access some of the most common settings and tools on your device.
On all iPhones and iPads other than the iPhone X, you get the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. We know that doing that on the iPhone X takes us to the home screen. To open up Control Center on the iPhone X, we swipe down from the upper right-hand corner of the screen, to the right of this notch area up here. Once it's open, you can use Control Center here on the iPhone X in the same way you can use it on all other iPhones and iPads. I'll just tap my screen to close that. One thing to be aware of, though, is that if you're using your iPhone in landscape orientation, again, for instance, if I go into Maps and go into landscape, to get to Control Center, you'll still swipe down from whichever corner is in the upper right.
Now, swiping down from anywhere else at the top of the screen opens up your notifications. Notifications are covered in chapter one as well. Actually, speaking of notifications, let me show you a cool feature of them on the iPhone. I'm going to lock my phone with the side button, here. Now, from the lock screen, you can swipe up from the middle of the screen to see any notifications you have. But notice we're only seeing which apps have notifications, and not any details. This is because I'm not looking directly at my phone at the moment. But because we have the face ID sensor on the iPhone X, as soon as I look directly at my phone, the details of the notifications appear.
This way, I'm the only one that can see the info, even when my phone is locked, and someone else picking up my phone won't be able to read my notifications. I'll swipe up to go home. We have a few more things to look at here. In chapter eight, I talk about how you can take screenshots of your device in case you want to capture an image of whatever's on your screen by pressing the side button and the home button simultaneously. Here on the iPhone X, you grab screenshots by pressing the side button and the volume up button simultaneously. Again, I talk more about what you can do with screenshots in chapter eight.
In chapter 12, I talk about using Apple Pay, which allows you to use your phone to pay for purchases at stores. To access Apple Pay on the iPhone X, double-click the side button, and instead of using touch ID to confirm your identity, you use your face. When you look at your phone, your card will be unlocked, and you'll be able to make your purchase. Be sure to see the movie on Apple Pay to see how to set it up. In chapter 15, we look at Siri, the built-in voice-operated digital assistant on your iPhone. Now, on other iPhones and iPads, you invoke Siri by holding down the home button.
Here on the iPhone X, you hold down the side button, and then speak your command. Translate "I don't speak French" into French. (speaking foreign language) Chapter 15 is devoted entirely to working with Siri, so be sure to check that out. Just remember that on the iPhone X, you hold down the side button to get to Siri. On other iPhones, holding down the side button starts a process to shut down the phone. If you want to shut down your iPhone X, hold down the side button and either of the volume buttons for a moment.
I suggest holding the down volume button so you don't accidentally take a screenshot. Once you see this screen, you can slide across to shut down your device. I won't do that right now, I'll just cancel. I'll swipe back up. If you're a long-time iPhone user who now has an iPhone X, you can see that there are some important new things to learn about how to operate your device. But again, once you've done these things a few times, you should have them memorized pretty quickly. Be sure to come back to this movie, though, if you need a refresher as you make your way through the rest of this course.
Garrick shows how to use Siri, the iOS digital assistant, and demonstrates how to use all the core features of iOS, such as emailing, browsing the web with Safari, getting directions from Maps, taking notes, shooting photos, watching videos, and listening to music. Plus, discover how to extend the functionality of your iPhone or iPad by installing one of the 2 million+ apps available in the App Store. The course wraps up with some essential tips to help you customize your device, protect your privacy, and troubleshoot your iPhone or iPad if you encounter a problem.
- Using gestures and 3D Touch
- Backing up and syncing music, photos, contacts, and more
- Making video calls with FaceTime
- Playing music
- Shooting photos and video
- Getting directions from Maps
- Adding events to your calendar
- Using the built-in apps
- Setting important privacy and usage options
- Controlling your device with Siri
- Troubleshooting your iOS 11 device
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 01/30/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover how to use the iPhone X with this course, and how to send and receive money with Apple Pay Cash.