My friend, Dave, got a new iPhone X. I went over to help him set it up and move all the data over from his now “old” iPhone 6 Plus. Even at 98 years old, Dave is always excited about getting the next new iPhone.
To “sum up” he loves it. And I agree it is really quite nice, and beautiful to look at. Given that, there are some notes I have about the setup, and also the iPhone X itself. So bear with me here. I will be brief.
Dave also set up the new Face ID and “Hey, Siri!” and seemed to get used to the new “swipe up” gesture right away, which is what I was hoping for.
I did notice something strange about the new iPhone X though, considering that Apple is moving away from buttons.
When you download an app from the App Store using Face ID you need to double click the physical button on the side of the iPhone to confirm.
It seems ironic that they went out of their way to get rid of the home button, but require a double-click of the side button, which is more awkward, don’t you think?
I couldn’t figure out how to confirm the download at first because the message kept on saying to “double click to install” and I didn’t know what they were talking about, because you can’t double-click something on the screen. I had to do a Google search to figure out what they meant.
Now the side button performs three functions: sleep/power, activate Siri, and confirm Face ID for purchases. At lease for the purchase confirmation part, I think the non-mechanical haptic touch button on the iPhone 7 and 8 series is easier.
Otherwise the Face ID seems to work well, and Dave was able to phone me later. It’s quite a nice phone. And some lucky person at Hibikinokai in need of a smart phone will inherit Dave’s in-perfect-condition iPhone 6 Plus.