The Camera and Video Recorder on Your iPhone X

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

On the phone side, the iPhone X synchronizes with the contacts and calendars on your Mac or PC, as well as contacts and events on iCloud, Google, Yahoo!, Outlook.com, and Exchange servers. It includes a full-featured QWERTY soft, or virtual, keyboard, which makes typing text easier than ever before — for some folks. Granted, the virtual keyboard takes a bit of time to get used to. But many of you eventually will be whizzing along at a much faster pace than you thought possible on a mobile keyboard of this type.

The 12-megapixel camera is paired with iOS 11’s improved Camera and Photos apps, so taking and managing digital photos and videos on your iPhone is a pleasure rather than the nightmare it can be on other phones. Plus, you can automatically synchronize iPhone photos and videos with the digital photo library on your Mac or PC.

The iPhone X cameras are the best ever, with all the features of the iPhone 8 Plus cameras, including autofocus with focus pixels to help prevent out-of-focus pictures. It also offers optical image stabilization, which uses data from the processor, gyroscope, and motion coprocessor to determine camera motion when you’re shooting. It then provides precise lens movement to compensate for your shaky hands or low light. The iPhone X, which has two lenses and true optical zoom, shoots the best pictures and videos we’ve seen from any smartphone.

Don’t miss the new Portrait Lighting feature that uses its dual lenses and facial landmarking to create studio-like lighting effects.

Another of our favorite phone accouterments is visual voicemail. (Try saying that three times fast.) This feature lets you see a list of voicemail messages and choose which ones to listen to or delete without being forced to deal with every message in your voice mailbox in sequential order. Now, that’s handy!

Finally, your iPhone X includes Siri, an intelligent voice-controlled assistant that understands what you tell him or her (most of the time). You can choose the optional man’s voice for Siri. Regardless of which gender you choose, Siri is even more useful and natural in iOS 11. Siri can figure out what you mean and determine which (if any) iPhone app should be used to find the right answer. And, like a real personal assistant, Siri replies in a natural sounding human voice.

Furthermore, he or she has become even smarter in iOS 11 with proactive assistance, which provides the most relevant information and suggestions at a particular moment and on-device learning, which helps Siri deliver a more personalized experience based on your usage of Safari, News, Mail, Messages, and other apps.

One last thing: Both flavors of Siri — male and female — take dictation!

If you’ve tried voice control before, forget everything you’ve learned and give Siri a try. You’ll be impressed (as long as you have a good Internet connection when you try it — Siri can be close to useless if your connection is slow) — and are in a relatively quiet environment or are using a headset.