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How to Navigate your new Apple iPhone X with no home button


So I’m sure you’ve seen by now that unlike every previous iPhone ever created, we have been left without an official home button on the brand new Apple flagship smartphone, the iPhone X.  Understandably, you might have a few questions about some of the commands the old home button used to control, and HOW TO adapt to Apple’s new design.

How to Unlock Your New iPhone X

Obviously, there is no TouchID anymore with the absence of the official home button, but not to worry! FaceID looks quite promising (and speedy, too).

It works exactly how it sounds it works. Look at your iPhone X and (given you’ve set up your security preferences) your phone will unlock, with a swipe of the screen to finish the process.

Now that you’ve unlocked your phone, you might want to know how to bring up the home screen?

How to go to the Home Screen on Your New iPhone X

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen. It probably couldn’t be any easier than this (unless we still had a designated button).

What about the Control Centre?

It’s as simple as swiping DOWN from the TOP RIGHT hand side of your new iPhone X.

To bring up your notifications, it’s the exact same action, but from the TOP LEFT hand side of the screen. (Even the centre of the screen will do the same job)


How do I Switch Between Apps?

Okay, imagine that your new iPhone X still has a home button. To swipe right, swipe your finger/thumb from the bottom left corner of the phone and draw an imaginary semi-circle over where the home button used to be. The same goes for swiping left, but swap sides.

Where is Siri?

If you don’t want to do the regular call for Siri – “Hey Siri”, not to worry! Just press and hold the power button on the right side of your new iPhone X.

What about Apple Pay?

This one can take some getting used to.

Double clicking the power button on the right side will bring up your wallet. You will then need to use FaceID to make and complete a payment.

How do I Screenshot?

Super simple! Simultaneously long hold press both the power button and the UP volume button. It’s handy that these two buttons are parallel to each other.

And finally, what about Hard-Resetting my new iPhone X?

It’s a little tricky, and you might not get it your first time, but bare with me.

Really quickly, tap the volume UP button, followed by the volume DOWN button, then HOLD the power button down. You should eventually see your screen go black and the Apple logo appear.

I hope this guide helps you overcome and adapt to the changes that have been made. Nothing is ever too difficult to adapt to for us Apple faithful.

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iPhone X Launch Day. Worth the upgrade?

3/11/2017 – The launch of the brand new, highly anticipated Apple iPhone X in Australia.

There’s no doubt that the new flagship Apple smartphone is stunning with its 5.8inch OLED display, but is the extravagant price really worth it?

Let’s go over a few of the specs of this gorgeous new smartphone

Capacity Size Weight Display Water Resistence Chip Camera Charging Operating System
64/256GB 5.65×2.79inch 174g




IP67 rating A11 Bionic 12MP Back

7MP Front


Lithium-ion battery

iOS 11


First things first, let’s go over the look of the Apple iPhone X

There’s no doubting its aesthetics with a large 5.8inch OLED display holding a screen resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixel resolution at 458 ppi – Which sadly, still hasn’t caught up with Samsung’s Galaxy S8 impressive 2960 x 1440 at 570 ppi, BUT we must also consider the fact that the stock setting for the Samsung Galaxy S8 screen resolution setting is set to 2220 x 1080 at 570 ppi. This is probably to enhance the battery life for the Galaxy S8.

The iPhone X is just 5.8mm taller than the iPhone 8, but the iPhone 8+ is a huge 14.8mm taller than the iPhone X. It’s also handy to keep in mind that the iPhone X is the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S8, so if you’re not happy with your current Samsung and are thinking about converting, you’ll be used to this phone in your hand.

With the screen resolution specs out of the way, let’s get back to the actual look of the Apple iPhone X

The most obvious stand-out difference between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 is the fact that the screen has stretched out to almost the entire length of the phone, consequently abolishing any home button. This change is resulting in a love-hate indifference between Apple enthusiasts. This change means that any full screen viewing will have an annoying black panel (your speaker and front camera) in the way of your viewing pleasure. Though this is a little drawback, I’m sure after a few weeks of use, this will no longer bother you.

Apple are now claiming they have “the most durable glass in any smartphone” – But don’t let this fool you into thinking you won’t need a case. If you drop this iPhone X, it will shatter. Glass is still glass at the end of the day, and we know that glass is fragile, so I don’t recommend leaving things to chance – get a case.

So, there’s no home button now. How am I meant to return to the home screen?

It’s pretty simple – Just swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Now, to get to the control centre of your new iPhone X, you’ll have to swipe down from the top of the screen from the left side. Swiping down from the right will open your notifications. Sounds simple, right?

Obviously with the absence of a home button on the iPhone X, there is no fingerprint scanner anymore, but not to worry! – FaceID has replaced TouchID. One more thing to cover on the absence of the home button. How do I switch between the apps that I’m using? Okay, imagine that your new iPhone X still has a home button. To swipe right, swipe your finger/thumb from the bottom left corner of the phone and draw an imaginary semi-circle over where the home button used to be. The same goes for swiping left, but swap sides.

OLED Display

It’s great to see that Apple have finally upped their screen resolution game and followed Samsung steps in ditching the IPS LED displays (which are still great!) and moved onto the OLED display, giving a much richer display with the ability to turn off and on any pixels that aren’t needed at any time.

Is the Apple iPhone X faster than the iPhone 8?

In short, yes.

Both the X and 8 have the same processor, the A11 chip – but the difference between the two in terms of speed is seen because of the size of the chips. Apple have managed to shrink the size of the new A11 chip for the iPhone X, allowing them more room for additional transistors into their new flagship smartphone. This will help improve the performance and the battery life of the new iPhone X.

Apple are actually claiming that their new flagship iPhone X is going to last 2 hours longer than their former iPhone 7. Not only have Apple upped their battery performance in the new iPhone X, but the new A11 chip has a new Apple designed Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), breaking off their relationship with Imagination Technologies – This means faster processing during game time and creation apps, but if you’re just scrolling through Facebook or checking your emails, you won’t notice a difference.

Wireless Charging of the Apple iPhone X & iPhone 8

Apple have finally introduced wireless charging in the iPhone X and iPhone 8 thanks to the new glass backs. A feature that Samsung have been running in their flagship phones since early 2015 in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Although it is important to note that wireless charging does not charge your phone as fast as wired charging (maybe one day it will!)

Apple have designed their own wireless charging accessory called AirPower, which actually has the ability to charge more than one phone at once. It is fair to note that this isn’t the first wireless charger with that ability. Of course, I should mention just in case anyone thought Apple had a change of mind, there is certainly no jack for your headphones (hope you still have that dongle!)

Finally, let’s talk about the camera of the Apple iPhone X & iPhone 8

The biggest difference in cameras from the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X is the latter has the superior aperture rate of f/2.4. Of course, the iPhone X has a dual camera which will allow for greater zoom capabilities and depth-of-field effects. So overall, the difference between camera capability between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X is not a lot, BUT if you’re coming from an iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, you will notice a more dramatic change in picture quality. The iPhone X can now record at 4K video at 60fps, and even slow-motion at 1080p at 240fps.

Do I upgrade to the Apple iPhone X?

Well we did, and we love it!

Best Bluetooth Headphones for iPhone 7

Apple did it again. They innovated and changed the latest version of the iPhone and now your normal headphone jack doesn’t work. Lots of people are wondering about the best bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7.

Although Apple does include a handy way to convert your headphone jack to lightning, you might not want to bother. Now you’re in search of the best wireless bluetooth earbuds. Let’s see what iPhone 7 earbuds are currently making waves in the market.

Best Wireless Headphones:

iphone 7 earbudes

Apple AirPods

  • Automatically on, automatically connected
  • One-tap setup for all your Apple devices
  • Quick access to Siri with a double-tap
  • More than 24-hour battery life with Charging Case
  • Charges quickly in the case
  • Rich, high-quality audio and voice
  • Seamless switching between devices

With no headphone jack, Apple has come up with some high powerful wireless earbuds known as AirPods. Like the standard EarPods, these bluetooth headphones are simple and powerful. In fact, they power on whenever they are even close to an iOS device.

You can also use them to communicate with Siri simply by tapping them. The price point can’t be beat for what you’re getting. So if you’re looking for the best bluetooth earbuds then you have to stick with Apple.

$159 | Amazon

best bluetooth headphones

TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones

  • Perfect workout headphones that are snug and secure so the headphones stay put while running, biking or at the gym.
  • Built-in magnets let you attach the two headphones together when not using, and wear like a necklace around your neck, a convenient way to carry around when you don’t need them.
  • CVC noise Isolation technology reduces outside noises, enable clearer microphone sound.
  • Long battery life allows the headphones to play up to 5 hours of continuous music at a time or 175 hours of standby time.
  • Earbuds that work with all smartphones, tablets and music players. Latest Bluetooth 4.1 technology; easy and fast pairing with smartphones, tablets and other Bluetooth enabled music devices; aptX codec provides pure, CD-like high quality sound for compatible devices.

TaoTronics bluetooth earbuds are designed for your workout and can go to the distance. These guys are durable, lightweight and sweat-proof headset.

These earbuds for iPhone 7 feature a secure fit for sports with built-in mic. As far as wireless bluetooth earbuds go, these are amazing for the price point.

$30 | Amazon

Best Bluetooth Earbuds

Phaiser BHS-730 Bluetooth Headphones

  • HD Sound – 8mm Speakers combined with Bluetooth 4.1 create super accurate HD sound with powerful bass. The bullet-shaped Comply T-400 M memory foam tips provide Total Isolation from external noise.
  • Magnetic – Easily stow your Earbuds by wearing them around your neck. Instantly access your Earphones anytime without searching your pockets.
  • Sweat Proof – Say Goodbye to Water-Damage! Protected by Liquipel Nano Coating your Buds withstand sweaty workouts and will survive accidental dropping into water.
  • Secure Fit – The patented winged earphone tips hold your Buds in place during rigorous workouts. Over- and Under-Ear fit options included.
  • Lifetime Sweatproof Warranty – Replaced in case they ever get damaged by sweat! No questions asked.

These Phaiser bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 are essential for working out as they are lightweight and functional. Not only do they sound great but they’re also super comfortable.

If you don’t want to sacrifice sound while you run then check out these bluetooth earbud as they are some of the best.

$49 | Amazon

best wireless headphones

Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

  • Premium Bluetooth Audio For Skip-Free Music Outdoors
  • 8 Hours of Music + Calls With Complete Remote Controls
  • Secure Over/Under-Ear Fit Options
  • Lifetime Sweat proof Warranty
  • Includes Comply Premium Sport Memory Foam Ear Tips, Patented Secure-Fit Ear Fins, Friction-Fit Silicone Sport Carrying Case, Silicone Ear Tips, Charging Cable & Cord Management Clips.

Designed for the active yet tech loving folks who are tired of losing their earbuds. Jaybird X2 Sport headphones can connect to any bluetooth device, and are compatible with both iOS and Android.

They also come with noise reduction technology and Bluetooth 4.1. They are not the cheapest wireless option but definitely one of the coolest.

$79 | Amazon

So if you were looking for the best bluetooth headphones or best wireless headphones for iPhone 7, you now have several places to look at multiple price points that will keep anyone’s ear and wallet happy.

Amazon trade in program offers top dollar for your iPhone

The Amazon trade in program is one of the easiest ways to get cash for your old phone. If you’re thinking about purchasing the latest iPhone there are many options when it comes to getting the best value out of your previous model. Some may pass it on to a family member, use AT&T and Verizon trade-in program or possibly even auction it off on eBay. But before you do any of those check out the Amazon Trade in offers.

The Amazon trade in program offers you an Amazon Gift Card in exchange for your phone or other electronic device.

The Amazon Trade in Process

The process is simple, first select the phone you wish to trade in and then answer a few simple questions about its condition. You’ll be asked the following questions once your Amazon Trade in is selected:

  1. Does the device power on?
  2. Are there cracks or other heavy damage?
  3. Does the device hold a charge and function perfectly?
  4. Is your device still being financed through your carrier?
  5. Are there any scratches or dents?
  6. Has your device been removed from your online account (For example iCloud)?

amazon tradein

After answering those questions you’ll be asked to review your order. Your trade-in value will be locked in and you have 28 days to ship your device. Once received Amazon trade in program has 7 days to review its condition. Once accepted the Amazon Gift card will be applied to your account. You can always track the process of being accepted or rejected in your Amazon trade in account.

amazon trade in program

The Amazon Trade in Conditions

Amazon will accept your trade-in if it meets the condition requirements for New, Good or Acceptable.

  • New: Brand new phone in perfect working condition and contains all original packaging and accessories.
  • Good: Normal wear and tear, phone is in good working order and display is flawless.
  • Acceptable: Phone is worn from use and shows signs of scratches, cracks and dents but phone remains in working condition and powers on.

Amazon will not accept your phone trade-in if:

  • Does not turn on
  • Phone is water damaged
  • Operating system can’t be set back to original factory settings
  • Your phone is still being financed through your carrier
  • Your iCloud or similar account has yet to be removed from the phone

You’ll receive a lower Amazon trade in offer if your phone is having trouble holding a charge, has numerous cracks, scratches, dents or other heavy damage. For example in our testing Amazon reduced the price of our trade-in as much as $165 for the most severely damaged iPhone that was still in working condition.

Amazon will produce a pre-paid label for you to print and ship your old phone. If your phone is not accepted there are no charges for return shipping.

For our previous model iPhone we received a total of $279 with our Amazon trade in. Enough to buy additional iPhone accessories like wireless headphones and a case. Of course you can use the Amazon Gift Card for anything of your future Amazon orders. In short if you are used to the ease of Amazon the Amazon trade in program is a great way to maximize the value of your older phone.

Apple iPhone 7 release date, rumors, features and design

iPhone 7 Summary

Models: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7 Pro

  • Expected Release Date: September 2016
  • Faster Processor
  • No headphone jack
  • Two screen sizes
  • Dual camera lenses
  • Standard, Plus and Pro versions
  • Antenna bands redesigned

No headphone Jack

Recently Mac Fan a poplar mac enthusiast website in Japan released leaked schematics of the new iPhone 7 Pro that indeed shows the standard headphone jack is no more.

This means that the iPhone Lightning Cable port will most likely serve a dual purpose as both power input and audio headphone out.

One downside is that the schematics from Mac Fan also show no speaker replacing the missing headphone input area. Which leaves many fans questioning, why no dual speaker?

There are also some rumors that Apple has been developing wireless earbuds for the iPhone 7.

mac fan iphone 7 pro
Mac Fan

Leaked Images

Recently leaked images show the iPhone 7 design with dual camera lenses.

iphone 7 pro

New Sizing

Some new renderings show the new iPhone 7 may actually be thinner than the previous iPhone 6s. The exact width and height of the dual lens camera is yet to be verified.

iphone 7 thickness
Feld & Volk

Dual Camera

There has been a lot of speculation about the dual lens for the iPhone 7. Unfortunately early leaked photos did not show any anticipated new lens designs. That is until now.

New photos are popping up showcasing dual lenses. However, it seems the new iPhone 7 Pro will be the only iPhone to showcase this new feature. Many believe the “Pro” model will be Apple’s new flagship phone.

iphone 7 pro dual camera
iPhone 7 Rendering of the Dual Lens Camera

In addition to recent leaks Feld & Folk have released a rendering based of those photos that shows dual lens incapsulated in a pill-like structure.

Smart Connector

The mysterious three dots at the bottom of the iPhone 7 Pro design leads many to believe that it is a Smart Connector similar to that found in the iPad Pro. The Smart Connector allows you to add accessories (like a keyboard for the iPad) without using cables.

smart connector iphone 7
Could these be smart connectors?

Home Button

Initial rumors reported the possibility of the home button being removed as this would create more screen area. All schematics and leaked pictures say otherwise at this time.

iPhone 7 Design

Many news agencies are reporting that the iPhone 7 design will be boring and lack features. From the leaked images and rumors this unfortunately seems to be the case. With iPhone sales suffering this could raise some issues with Apple investors as new and better features generally spark interest and in turn sales. Lets hope Apple surprises us on

Hold out for the iPhone 7S if you can

The lack of features for the new iPhone 7 have people bummed, but if you can hold out for the iPhone 7S you might be blown away. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who states the iPhone 7S will come with an OLED screen even though every iPhone previously came with an LCD screen.

Additionally various news agencies are reporting the iPhone 7S could ditch the “S” and go right to “8” or ditch the numbering system all together.

Release Date

In accordance to previous iPhone release dates the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro are scheduled to be announced and released in early September.