Monday, September 25, 2017

How to reboot the iPhone X

Apple has changed - once again - the technique required to force a reboot on the new iPhone X, making it a 3-step affair.

Having to force a reboot when an iPhone is unresponsive is a very rare thing, but it sill happens from time to time, to the point where most users will probably be familiarized with the usual "simultaneous press of the power button + home button" until the Apple logo pops on screen.

With the iPhone 7, with no physical home button, Apple changed the process slightly, requiring you to press de volume down + power button. But, while many expected the process to be similar on the bezel-less iPhone X with no home button, Apple decided to change it once again. Now, to force reboot an iPhone X you'll need to:

  • Press and quickly release the volume up button
  • Press and quickly release the volume down button
  • Press and hold the “Side button” (power button) until you see the Apple logo

There's no telling why Apple decided to do so, but the change will be appreciated by those who had a hard time pushing two buttons at once (people with reduced mobility, for example); although it might also have to do with possible accidental reboots should your iPhone be "squeezed" on both sides.

Considering most people won't have to force reboot the iPhones often... it's not that big of a deal... unless next year's model comes with a "up-down-up-down-power-power-down-up-down-up" key combination to reboot it. ;P

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