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

6.14oz

5.8inch

OLED

IP67 rating A11 Bionic 12MP Back

7MP Front

Wireless

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!

Right Click on Mac: A How to Guide for PC Users

Maybe you’ve been used to PC and you recently switch to Mac and are stuck confused as to how to right click on a Mac. It’s not so difficult if you know what to do and the functionality is still there. You’ve come to the right place if you’ve been scratching your head asking, “How do you right click on Mac?” We have got you covered in this guide.

right click on mac
Use Control + Mouse Click to Right Click

Press “control” + click = to Right Click on Mac

Simply press control and then click to enact the “right-click” function on a Mac. For some reason Apple did not ever want to have the right click as a separate button. Now you know how to right click on a Mac. Pretty simple!

If you feel like you really need the right click button on the mouse then you can buy the Apple mouse so you’re never stuck wondering, “how do i right click on a mac?” ever again.

The “Mighty Mouse” does not have a separate right click function but the right side of the mouse will know when you want to right click.

right clicking on mac
Double Tap to Right Click on Mac

Another way to Right Click on Mac:

MacBooks can right click by simple using two fingers when you click. Magic!

If it’s not working then you can open System Preferences and go to Keyboard and Mouse.

Then go to “Trackpad” and make sure the “Tap trackpad using two fingers for secondary click” box is checked and you’re ready to go!

Now you know how to right click on Mac and your worries are over. You’re the right clicking master and can have all the same functionality as a PC. Next time your friends asks you how to right click on a mac you’ll have an answer ready to go and you’ll see like the tech quiz. Now get out of here and get right clicking! There is work to be done.

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.

How to Access iCloud E-Mail Login from your PC

If you’re an avid Mac user then you’re probably using iCloud email. However, you’re sticking with PC access you may wonder how to login to your iCloud.com mail. Not to fear, we can show you exactly how to get into your iCloud mail from a PC so you’re never stuck without e-mail access.

Rest assured, you can access your iCloud email anywhere that you have your iCloud email login. This means from an iPad, iPhone, Mac, or PC. All that you need a major web browser with full functionality and you’re set. Let’s go over the easy steps for getting your iCloud mail from anywhere.

How to Access iCloud Email

iCloud Email

Step 1 – Simply go to any web browser and go to http://icloud.com and then login with your normal iCloud email login AKA your Apple ID and password.

icloud mail

Step 2 – Once logged in to your iCould mail, click on the mail icon.

icloud email login

Step 3 – iCould mail will load and you’ll have full access to everything it offers

icloudemail

Step 4 – Click on the pen/paper icon to compose a new iCloud email

Checking your iCould email doesn’t have to be difficult and also does not have to be done on a Mac. Apple has made it every easy to access their system from any web browser that you’d like.

Keep in mind that you’ll also have access to your notes, photos, calendar, and documents via iCloud. Many Mac users are not aware that they can easily jump onto to a PC and access anything on their iCould from anywhere.

Now that you know how to get into your iCloud e-mail, you also know how to access your entire iCloud. If you need help accessing the iCloud login from your iPhone or iPad check out our how-to guide: How to sign in to icloud.com from your iPad or iPhone.