Did you love your old iPhone 7 or iPhone 8? Will you still love the iPhone X this year?
The iPhone you already know and love likely won’t be around for much longer.
Apple, the company that built the smartphone world, on Tuesday revealed plans to discontinue its older iPhones—the ones you’re currently using.
As with any change like this, there will be some pain with the pleasure, and you may end up having to spend some money on a new one. But there’s a lot of new stuff coming to your iPhone (and maybe even your iPad too) that you probably didn’t expect. Here are the five things we didn’t know about Apple’s recent “Spring Forward” event that Apple shares with us here at The Base Blog.
1. An iPhone with a full high-definition Face ID system: Face ID, Apple’s AI-based facial recognition system used on the iPhone X, is coming to some of its older models. The feature doesn’t work great yet, but it will. You may have to hit and hold a button to unlock the phone, but after that, you’re no longer typing in any passwords. The feature will enable you to unlock the phone with your face and actually pay for stuff with Touch ID, when you buy stuff with Apple Pay.
We can thank a year-old patent that Apple used to sneak facial recognition into its phones. Check out the other things Face ID has to do as well.
2. Touch ID can also be used to unlock your MacBook or iPad: Hey Apple lovers, remember those Touch ID-based 2-in-1 devices you used to love a few years ago? Yep, Apple is putting those buttons on your iPad and MacBook as well. Both of these devices get USB-C ports.
3. Here are some new gestures: You’ll now be able to swipe up on the notification screen and away from you, and you’ll be able to go from list to list on the home screen with a swipe from the right.
4. Portrait mode makes its way to your iPhone X: You’re going to be able to do this on your iPhone 8 or 8 Plus too. Apple has also redesigned the scene mode—it will be even more dramatic and fun, and the Live Photos option will be more capable.
5. Well, here’s the fun part: You will be able to watch a whole bunch of movies on your iPhone. A subscription streaming service called Apple’s Movies & TV will launch this fall.
That’s all the information we’ve got—surprises aren’t included. We’re sure there will be more as Apple rolls out all its new features and colors. Stay tuned to The Base Blog for updates on all things Apple.