Apple shared a new video highlighting Portrait Lighting mode, a camera feature currently exclusive to the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus. Portrait Lighting offers a variety of lighting effects designed to simulate studio photography. Portrait mode itself blurs the background behind the subject, giving the appearance of bokeh.
The week leading up to Christmas was a big one for Apple, with the company taking the global lead in new device activations. According to Flurry Analytics, 44 percent of new phone and tablet activations from December 19th to the 25th were Apple devices this year. Samsung took the second place slot with 26 percent of activations that week.
Anyone looking to purchase an iPhone X shortly after the holidays is in luck. Currently, the device is widely available in Apple retail stores across the United States. iPhone X delivery times on the Apple website have decreased to next day or two-day shipping in most areas. As some analysts have noted, the simple reason is that supply has caught up with demand.
The latest update to iOS was billed as a HomeKit fix, however users have reported additional benefits to the install. iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus users began reporting autofocus issues with the camera after installing iOS 11.2. Some devices would switch between wide and telephoto lenses, or refuse to make images sharp. Turns out these issues have been resolved on iPhones running iOS 11.2.1.
To view notifications on the iPhone X:
- Swipe down from the top left corner of the screen.
On other iOS devices, the notifications list can be invoked by swiping down from anywhere along the top of the screen. iPhone X owners will have to remember to use the top left corner of the display to show pending notifications.