The edi­tor gets to grips with the stun­ning new iPhone X.

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Alan Stone­bridge, Edi­tor Twit­ter: @maclife

WE’VE FI­NALLY GOT our hands on the iPhone X, and you’ll find our re­view of Ap­ple’s cut­ting-edge smart­phone in this is­sue. I have to agree with Gareth Beavis, our re­viewer, that it’s a stun­ning piece of tech — though it’s unar­guably ex­pen­sive, which might stop many peo­ple buy­ing it. Don’t worry, be­cause the great tech that’s packed into the iPhone X is sure to fil­ter down to more af­ford­able mod­els in Ap­ple’s smart­phone lineup over the next few years.

I’ve used a Plus-size iPhone for three years, and found the prac­ti­cal­i­ties of its larger screen have out­weighed any con­cerns of un­wield­i­ness for me. The Plus isn’t for every­one, though, and I ex­pect the iPhone X will prove pop­u­lar with peo­ple who want a very large phone dis­play in a leaner pack­age. That’s what the iPhone X of­fers: its case di­men­sions are much closer to an iPhone 8 than an 8 Plus, al­beit with a taller, slightly nar­rower screen.

Even for me as an ar­dent fan of the Plus, the iPhone X has quickly be­come a de­light to have around. It fits more com­fort­ably in my jeans pocket, even when in Ap­ple’s Fo­lio Case, which cov­ers the front and back. I’ve even had to check I have it on me, be­cause I no longer feel an over­sized phone press­ing against my thigh.

Naturally, there’s a pe­riod of ad­just­ment to an iPhone that has no Home but­ton. It took me a cou­ple of days to stop reach­ing for one to re­turn to the Home screen, and I some­times find my­self there when I for­get the new route into Con­trol Cen­ter. How­ever, jump­ing be­tween apps is more el­e­gant thanks to an al­ter­na­tive to the app switcher: swip­ing across the bar at the foot of the screen.

Even after 10 years of the Home but­ton, these changes caused by its re­moval are be­com­ing sec­ond na­ture. Still, I’ve found my­self swip­ing up to un­lock my iPad on a few oc­ca­sions. I hope Ap­ple brings its depth-sens­ing Face ID tech to that de­vice sooner rather than later. Ac­tu­ally, for­get us­ing a fin­ger­print or prox­im­ity to un­lock de­vices. As long as Face ID proves to be as se­cure as Ap­ple claims, I want this bril­liant con­ve­nience on all my de­vices.

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