iPhone X First Look: Unboxing, Face ID Setup, Gestures, Design and More

The iPhone X is here! Apple Stores around the world opened up at 8:00 a.m. local time on November 3 and deliveries kicked off around the same time, getting the iPhone X into the hands of millions of customers today.

We got our hands on an iPhone X this morning and spent the day testing it out to get acquainted with all of the new features. Check out the video below to see a walkthrough of the unboxing process and Face ID setup.


Our video also covers the new Studio Lighting feature available on the iPhone X, plus it goes through all of the new gestures you're going to need to learn to navigate through the iOS 11 operating system. Without a Home button, there's a whole new workflow to learn that can take a couple of days to get used to. Once you've got it down, though, it seems to be a more intuitive navigation experience.

Face ID takes under 30 seconds to set up, so getting the iPhone X up, running, and ready to recognize your face is incredibly fast. Face ID also seems to work quite reliably, and the new Animoji feature that comes alongside Face ID is fun to use.

We're going to be taking a much closer look at the iPhone X and going over every new feature in detail both on MacRumors.com and on YouTube, so stay tuned and make sure to follow our YouTube channel if you don't already.

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Top Rated Comments

rezwits Avatar
85 months ago
This is not a FIRST LOOK, it's about the 20th!
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mmm1345 Avatar
85 months ago
Really like the form factor but it's a LOT smaller than I imagined and seems to be the same size as my 6s.
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I've got 4 total. Plan to sell them all. Maybe I'll keep one. I picked up two today at the store where I live. About 30 people in line ahead of me when I arrived at 7:45. Everyone got a phone it seems. Or more than one. I also have two being delivered on Nov 17 or so.
I hate scalpers like you.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
T Coma Avatar
85 months ago
Many lives have been fully realized today.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aloshka Avatar
85 months ago
Why is the keyboard so high up when typing. It’s like more than half the screen is wasted at the bottom. If the keyboard would slide down a could few centimeters, the larger screen would be more useful. Is it a setting?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JayCar Avatar
85 months ago
It's weird to see the flashing flood illuminator and dot projector. They look like notification lights on Android. This is the first video review I've seen that shows that.
You won't see that in "real life". Video cameras will pick up the IR light emitted. You can see an example of this by taking a standard remote control to any device and aiming it directly and a camera recording video. Its just that the cameras pick up the IR spectrum that isn't normally visible to the human eye.

I imagine this is going to throw many folks off while watching videos of the phone, that are unaware of this.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Derekeys Avatar
85 months ago
Someone please tell me if there is an accessibility option to turn off swipe to go to home screen. I’m very doubtful but I want to see it confirmed!

Wake > look > home screen :)
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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