The iPhone X replaces the Home button and Touch ID with gesture controls and Face ID, sophisticated facial recognition software that learns to recognize your face and only lets you use your device once it has confirmed it is you. It is a new technology, here’s what we know about it so far:

The hype machine

This is how Apple’s chief marketer, Phil Schiller put it: "With the iPhone X, your iPhone is locked until you look at it and it recognizes you. Nothing has ever been more simple, natural, and effortless. This is the future of how we'll unlock our smartphones and protect our sensitive information."

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