Upgrade Your Skills
e all want to feel like we’re continually improving and gain-
ing new skills in life. For those of us with iPhones, iPads,
and Apple Watches, having confident mastery of the de-
vices 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!
Editor in Chief
iPhone Life magazine, firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @schillcleveland
Readers weigh in on the questions we’ve been
pondering at iPhone Life.
Re: Amazon Echo’s Always-Listening Speaker
An always-on system is a no go. We all say things
or have conversations sometimes that only are
meant for a particular person or group. With an
always-on system, these conversations can be
recorded by the parent company and used
Re: What’s Your Favorite Podcast App?
I listen to a lot of podcasts and use Downcast.
I’m generally happy with it although there are a
lot of settings, so it can be confusing sometimes!
Re: On Opting for the iPhone 8 Plus Over the
I’ve become comfortable with the physical size
of the iPhone 7 Plus, so the smaller size (and
narrower screen) of the iPhone X was not alluring. Also, the new concepts of facial recognition,
no Home button, and notched screen, not to
mention the price, brought me back to the more
familiar 8 Plus.
Re: What Are Your Favorite iOS 11 Features?
I really appreciate the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature, shifting keyboard, Live Photo editing,
Control Center, screen recording, and multiple
app selection features.
Re: Why I’m Getting the Apple Watch
Series 3 + Cellular
I am 80 and figure I’d upgrade my current Apple
Watch so I can use it as a medical alert device
without having to be in constant proximity to my
Comments from Readers