Here are the first things to try on an iPhone X

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  • Apple’s iPhone X has finally gone on sale around the world today
  • The device has several new features that MailOnline would recommend testing
  • This includes downloading augmented reality apps, listening to the new standard ringtone and watching a video on the new OLED display 

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After months of anticipation, Apple’s iPhone X has finally gone sale around the world today.

Stocks of the tenth anniversary device are limited, and getting your hands on an iPhone X today is no mean feat.

But if you are one of the lucky ones, there are a number of new features MailOnline would recommend testing out on your iPhone X, including Face ID and Animoji.

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Stocks of the tenth anniversary device are limited, and getting your hands on an iPhone X today is no mean feat. But if you are one of the lucky ones, there are a number of new features MailOnline would recommend testing out on your iPhone X, including Face ID (pictured)

Stocks of the tenth anniversary device are limited, and getting your hands on an iPhone X today is no mean feat. But if you are one of the lucky ones, there are a number of new features MailOnline would recommend testing out on your iPhone X, including Face ID (pictured)

Stocks of the tenth anniversary device are limited, and getting your hands on an iPhone X today is no mean feat. But if you are one of the lucky ones, there are a number of new features MailOnline would recommend testing out on your iPhone X, including Face ID (pictured)

WHAT CAN FOOL FACE ID?

If you’re wearing glasses, the iPhone can still recognize you using other parts of your face.

The same goes for wearing a hat.

Growing a moustache or simply getting older doesn’t affect the system.

If you shave your beard, it’s too big of a change. 

Costumes and disguises also challenged Face ID. 

A Santa hat was OK, but a beard wasn’t.

Nor did it like funny glasses and a fake nose.

Winter clothing was fine, as long as the scarf wasn’t covering too much of my face.

1) Test out Face ID

In the iPhone X, Apple has ditched the home button in favour of an all-screen device.

Instead of using the home button, you can now unlock your phone using facial recognition, known as Face ID.

To set up Face ID, go to Settings, and tap ‘Set Up Face ID.’

Position your face in front of the device and tap Get Started.

Look straight into your iPhone and place your face inside the frame.

Gently move your head to complete the circle.  

When you finish the first Face ID scan, tap Continue.

Gently move your head to complete the circle for a second time.

When Face ID setup is complete, tap Done.

Once you’ve set up the basic Face ID, there are some fun ways to test the system.

Firstly, test whether your phone recognises your face in the dark. 

Face ID uses an infrared camera which doesn’t rely on visible light, so technically this should work.

Other fun options include testing the system while wearing glasses, a hat, and different hairstyles – all of which should allow you to access your device.

Once you've set up the basic Face ID, there are some fun ways to test the system, including wearing a hat, glasses and fake beard 

Once you've set up the basic Face ID, there are some fun ways to test the system, including wearing a hat, glasses and fake beard 

Once you’ve set up the basic Face ID, there are some fun ways to test the system, including wearing a hat, glasses and fake beard 

Or if you’re feeling especially testing, you could print a mask of your face, and see if Face ID allows someone else to access your device while wearing it. 

If Face ID is working correctly, they shouldn’t be able to. 

2) Turn yourself into an Animoji

Apple’s new Animoji feature means iPhone X owners can send 3D animated emoji they can control with their face – and it’s astonishingly addictive. 

Pre-installed on the iPhone X’s Message app, they’re incredibly simple to create – and hugely addictive.

Open the Messages app and start a new message or tap an existing one.

Tap the app logo, and then the emoji logo.

Choose an Animoji, then look straight into your iPhone X and place your face inside the frame.

ANIMOJI: A HORRIFICALLY ADDICTIVE FEATURE

Apple’s new Animoji feature means iPhone X owners will be able to send 3D animated emojis they can control with their face – and its astonishingly addictive.

According to Apple, the TrueDepth camera captures and analyses over 50 different facial muscle movements.

Pre-installed on the iPhone X’s Message app, they’re incredibly simple to create – and hugely addictive. 

The animated characters smile, frown, or take on other facial expressions from you, while opening their moths in perfect time to the audio you can record.

Crucially you can send animoji to anyone, not just iPhone X owners.

They are, without doubt, set to become one of the most used features for new iPhone X users – you’ve been warned.

Tap the red button to start recording, and then tap it again to stop.

You can then send the Animoji to friends by tapping the blue arrow.

The animated characters smile, frown, or take on other facial expressions from you, while opening their mouths in perfect time to the audio you can record.

With 12 characters to choose from, you can send animoji to anyone, not just iPhone X owners.

3) Take a selfie

The iPhone X has a range of new features within its dual 12MP rear camera, and 7MP front camera.

Portrait Mode – a feature that blurs the background of photos, letting you take studio-quality images – has been added to the front camera, helping you to capture the perfect selfie.

To use the feature, open the front-facing camera app, and swipe to the Portrait Mode option. 

A new feature called Portrait Lighting has also been added, letting you tweak the lighting in your selfies like a pro.

Portrait Mode – a feature that blurs the background of photos, letting you take studio-quality images – has been added to the front camera, helping you to capture the perfect selfie. A new feature called Portrait Lighting has also been added, letting you tweak the lighting in your selfies like a pro

Portrait Mode – a feature that blurs the background of photos, letting you take studio-quality images – has been added to the front camera, helping you to capture the perfect selfie. A new feature called Portrait Lighting has also been added, letting you tweak the lighting in your selfies like a pro

Portrait Mode – a feature that blurs the background of photos, letting you take studio-quality images – has been added to the front camera, helping you to capture the perfect selfie. A new feature called Portrait Lighting has also been added, letting you tweak the lighting in your selfies like a pro

4) Ask someone to call you

With an estimated 700 million iPhone users around the world, when the classic Marimba ringtone plays, it can be difficult to know if it’s your phone or someone else’s.

But in the iPhone X, Apple has introduced a new standard ringtone called Reflection.

If you’re not a fan of the new tune, you can easily change this option within Settings.

in the iPhone X, Apple has introduced a new standard ringtone called Reflection. If you're not a fan of the new tune, you can easily change this option within Settings

in the iPhone X, Apple has introduced a new standard ringtone called Reflection. If you're not a fan of the new tune, you can easily change this option within Settings

in the iPhone X, Apple has introduced a new standard ringtone called Reflection. If you’re not a fan of the new tune, you can easily change this option within Settings

5) Watch a video

The iPhone X has a new OLED display, which Apple describes as ‘the first OLED screen that rises to the standards of iPhone, with accurate, stunning colours, true blacks, high brightness, and a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio.’

This should make watching videos on your device much better quality, with bright and sharp images.

The sound quality has also been improved, with stereo speakers hidden away within the all glass screen.

THE IPHONE X KEY FEATURES

– $999 (£999 in the UK) price for 64GB version, and $1,149 (£1,149 in the UK) for the 256GB version

– Pronounced the ‘iPhone 10’

– Comes with 64GB and 256GB models 

– No home button – swipe up from the bottom to unlock or to go home from an app or to multitask

– ‘Face ID’ that allows users to unlock the phone by looking at it

Facial recognition has been added to the device, which Apple calls Face ID

Facial recognition has been added to the device, which Apple calls Face ID

Users can now simply look at their phone to unlock it

Users can now simply look at their phone to unlock it

The iPhone X has ditched the home button, making room for an almost edgeless display with glass on both sides of the device. To use the device, users must now swipe up from the bottom of the screen

– Qi and AirPower wireless charging that lets you charge multiple devices at once

– ‘Screen tap’ unlock 

– Edge to edge display with glass on both sides of the device

– Super retina display using OLED technology – highest ever pixel density in an iPhone

– Dual 12 megapixel cameras and dual-optical image stabilisation

– Tuned for augmented reality capabilities

– Portrait lighting that uses machine learning to touch up photos

– A11 bionic chips with six cores, can be 70 per cent faster than the previous A10 chip

6) Download some augmented reality apps

The iPhone X comes installed with ARKit, adding augmented reality functionality to the device.

This opens up a huge range of options for users, including shopping, gaming and even testing makeup.

Some of the apps within the App Store MailOnline would recommend include IKEA Place, which lets you virtually place furniture in your house to check its size, and ARZombi, a first person zombie shoot-em-up. 

The iPhone X comes installed with ARKit, adding augmented reality functionality to the device. This opens up a huge range of options for users, including shopping, gaming and even testing makeup

The iPhone X comes installed with ARKit, adding augmented reality functionality to the device. This opens up a huge range of options for users, including shopping, gaming and even testing makeup

The iPhone X comes installed with ARKit, adding augmented reality functionality to the device. This opens up a huge range of options for users, including shopping, gaming and even testing makeup