The arrival of iOS 11 and the iPhone X has meant a major change in the aesthetics and operation of the App Store. The Apple iOS App Store has undergone a near-complete redesign where developer stories and app recommendations are now the highlights. But with iPhone X also the way we download applications has changed.
The absence of the home button and its integrated Touch ID sensor means that now to identify ourselves we have to use the facial recognition of the iPhone X. The so-called Face ID that is always active is the in charge of recognizing our face and thus proceed to the purchase of the application that we have requested to download. But how do we confirm the purchase to avoid unwanted downloads?
Until now, as long as our iPhone had Touch ID, when we downloaded an application for the first time we had to confirm our identity and our intention to do so by placing our finger on the fingerprint sensor that is integrated just below the home button. In this way, the iPhone knew it was us and proceeded to purchase and download without having to enter our account password. But with the iPhone X no home buttonTherefore facial recognition is the one in charge of recognizing us, something that happens automatically just by looking at the screen, which is normal when we are downloading an application.
How to avoid erroneous keystrokes that cause the automatic download of the application? Apple has added a step that until now did not exist on any of the devices: press the side button twice. This simple gesture lets the system know that we actually want to buy an application and that it is not an error, and the download will start automatically. Apple could have opted for a virtual button on the screen, but it has preferred that it was a physical button that made up the purchase. The same goes for in-app purchases.