iPhone X has a unique shape and slightly elongated Power button on its side. Apple is referring to it as the "Side button" and you have the opportunity to use it for things like Siri, Wallet, Apple Pay and more.
Jeffrey Grossman, a New York-based developer and co-founder of confidential messaging app Confide, has encountered code strings in the leaked iOS 11 GM suggesting a double-click of the Side button will confirm a pending Apple Pay transaction (like on Apple Watch).
Sifting through the GM build, he’s been able to confirm that iPhone X’s sophisticated facial recognition system based on depth-sensing 3D sensors works with Apple Pay. That doesn’t mean you’ll need to hold up the phone in front of your face every time you use Apple Pay.
Because it’s twice as fast as Touch ID, works from oblique angles and can sense when you’re looking at the device, Face ID will “just work” with Apple Pay. All you’ll need to do to confirm that transaction is click the Side button twice quickly, Jeffrey wrote on Twitter today.
This should work for Apple Store purchases as well.
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