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New videos highlight the iPhone X’s brand new gesture controls

Published Sep 27th, 2017 8:29PM EDT
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Though Apple’s iPhone 8 models are already available in stores, there’s no denying that the star of Apple’s 2017 lineup is the iPhone X. Set to ship in early November — with pre-orders opening up on October 27 — the iPhone X is arguably the most anticipated iPhone release we’ve seen since the original launched in 2007. And with good reason, the iPhone X will introduce a completely revamped design featuring a sleek edge-to-edge OLED display. With the iPhone X sporting an edgeless display, Apple was forced to do away with the home button, a mainstay on every iPhone release since the beginning. With no home button to speak of, the iPhone X will introduce completely new gestures that will enable users to quickly return to the homescreen and bring up the multitasking pane.

Though Apple gave us a preview of the iPhone X during this month’s keynote, early adopters will still have to make some adjustments to their muscle memory before getting used to an entirely new user interface. After all, some users have been reflexively pressing the home button on the iPhone for more than 10 years at this point.

Not to fear, with Apple releasing betas of Xcode 9.1 and iOS 11.1 earlier today, developer Guilherme Rambo has already unearthed some onboarding videos designed to help make the transition to the iPhone X’s new gestures all the more seamless.

The first one shows a user bringing up the multitasking pane.

Next up, we see how users swipe up from the bottom in order to return to the home screen.

With no home button to speak of, activating Siri now requires users to press and hold on the side button.

And lastly, swiping down from the right “flap” now brings up Control Center while swiping down from the left brings up a user’s notifications.

And last but not least, Rambo uncovered an interesting UI tweak.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.