Upgrade Your Skills
We all want to feel like we're continually improving and gaining new skills in life. For those of us with iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches, having confident mastery of the devices we use every day can contribute significantly to that sense of accomplishment. It's satisfying to know how to scan and send a document in less than a minute, to send cool effects in your text messages, and to be able to help a friend optimize their iPhone's storage or battery life. That feeling of proficiency is priceless!
To that end, in this year's How-To Guide (pg. 33) we make sure you have all the most useful features of iOS 11 under your belt. And if you're lucky enough to own Apple's premium iPhone, you'll find our iPhone X guide extra helpful when adjusting to life without the Home button. You'll learn how to set up and use Face ID to unlock your phone, how to use Apple Pay to make purchases, and how to navigate the Home screen and App Switcher with a new set of iPhone X-only gestures (see page 50).
Some of you may still be on the fence about whether or not to buy the iPhone X and Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular connectivity. We get it; these are big investments! You may find yourself asking a friend to hold their iPhone X just to see how it feels in your hand. Or perhaps you keep pestering your nephew to call you on his cellular Apple Watch to see if you notice a difference in sound quality. Well you can relax; the verdict is in! Read our hands-on reviews of Apple's new lineup (see pg. 20 and pg 24). Spoiler: The iPhone X's True Tone OLED display is even better than we expected.
As we settle into 2018, it's also a great time to stock up on inspiration for the year ahead. If you're working toward a new goal, check out page 66 to find the right apps to support you on your journey. We also have some great ideas of ways to put your iDevices to use in all areas of your life, from traveling (pg. 77) to bargain shopping (pg. 68) to dating (pg. 58). Enjoy!
Donna Cleveland Editor in Chief iPhone Life magazine, firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @schillcleveland