Cult of Mac Magazine: Essential iPhone X tips you need to know, and more!

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The iPhone X lacks the physical Home button that previously served as a touchstone of the iPhone user interface. That means you’ll need to learn a slew of new iPhone X gestures when you upgrade to Apple’s finest smartphone ever.
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iPhone X is radically different from every iPhone that came before it. As you strive to get accustomed to life without a Home button, Cult of Mac has rounded up iPhone X tips and tricks that will come in handy. Check out Ste Smith’s video to see nine iPhone X tips to master immediately!

In this week’s issue, you’ll find that story and more. Check out artists’ concepts for the Mac mini and iPad X. Learn how to turn any song into a ringtone with GarageBand for iOS. Check out our review of Just Mobile’s TimeStand charging stand for Apple Watch, and grab some great Black Friday deals. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

iPhone is one of 2017’s best inventions (but so is fidget spinner)

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What's not to love about the iPhone X.
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Anyone that says Apple can’t innovate anymore obviously hasn’t spent some quality time with the iPhone X.

According to Time annual list of the year’s best inventions, the iPhone X is the only smartphone that makes the cut, but so did the fidget spinner. The magazine calls the iPhone X the world’s most sophisticated smartphone and it’s not hard to see why.

Jony Ive refuses to mourn death of iPhone Home button

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Apple has not regrets ditching Touch ID.
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Killing the home button on the iPhone X was a no-brainer, according to Apple’s design boss Jony Ive. But figuring out the best way to replace wasn’t an easy task.

In a recent interview on iPhone X, Jony Ive revealed some of the design decisions his team had to make in order to bring huge innovations to this year’s flagship device.

How to speed up Face ID by switching off attention awareness

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Face ID is the future.
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Face ID is, by most accounts, an amazing technology. You pretty much set it and forget it, and the iPhone X just unlocks itself whenever you look at it.

But what if you’re too lazy to point your eyes and your face at your iPhone whenever you want to look at it? What if you prefer to give it a sidelong glance, to show it who’s boss? Then you can disable attention awareness, which speeds up the Face ID process and unlocks your iPhone X faster.

2018 iPad Pro could get 8-core A11X Bionic chip

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We hope next year's iPad Pro looks like this.
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The iPad Pro is set to get a huge processor upgrade in 2018, based on the latest rumor out of Apple’s supply chain in Asia.

Apple supposedly plans to slap an octa-core processor in next year’s iPad Pro, making them the most powerful tablets Apple’s ever made. The chip will allegedly be manufactured by TSMC and will pack a few features the A11 chip on the iPhone X doesn’t have.

Animoji may not require iPhone X’s TrueDepth sensor

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Animoji would work on other iPhones.
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You can’t enjoy Animoji unless you buy an iPhone X, but it’s apparently not because you need the device’s fancy hardware. It looks like Apple’s latest gimmick is powered at least partly by the handset’s front-facing camera rather than relying entirely on its advanced TrueDepth sensor.

Cousins trick Face ID into thinking that they’re the same person

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Apple has touted the security of Face ID, but there have been a couple of exceptions to the rule.
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There have already been multiple reports of close family members being able to successfully unlock each other’s iPhone X using Face ID.

After publishing a story yesterday on a kid who managed to unlock his mom’s handset, however, we heard from another pair of individuals. The difference? That this time they are not mother and son, or siblings, but “very distant” third cousins. (Although it’s still not an issue you should worry about.)

Check out the video below.

Kid unlocks mom’s iPhone X with Face ID

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Spot the difference? The iPhone X can't.
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Another way to circumvent the iPhone X’s Face ID security system has been discovered — but, don’t worry, it’s not going to be one that affects the overwhelming majority of users.

The Face ID “hacker” in question is the fifth-grade son of an iPhone X owner, who apparently looks close enough to his mom in appearance that the system recognizes them both as the same person.

Hackers claim they fooled Face ID with cheap mask

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Face ID has already been hacked.
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Hackers may have already proven that Face ID isn’t quite as secure as secure as Apple claims.

Using a simple 3D printed mask, Vietnamese security firm Bkav, has posted a video showing an iPhone X being unlocked after unveiling a composite 3D-printed mask made of plastic, makeup, silicone and paper cutouts for some facial features.

Quick tip: How to make Face ID more accurate

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Face ID is surprisingly awesome.
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What do you do when Face ID doesn’t recognize your face? Do you reposition your face? Reposition the iPhone? Stare a little harder at the camera, to tell it you really mean business?

Stop! Instead of acquiescing to your iPhone X’s silent demands, you should use this as a teaching moment (and show your phone who’s boss at the same time). Face ID learns how your face changes over time, but you can also teach it to recognize you better. Here’s how.