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iPhone X just quietly got a killer new feature for GarageBand

Apple’s GarageBand just received a new update, and if you’re using an iPhone X you’ll now be able to control certain effects and synths using your face. 

That’s right, your facial expressions can now enable certain effects, such as vibrato or sustain, while you’re jamming in Apple’s music-making app.

You can tell whether its available for a certain instrument by looking out for a small face icon on the screen, reports The Verge.

We can’t see many serious music makers making use of this functionality, but in the context of Apple’s announcement of a new ‘Everyone can Create’ curriculum to introduce children to the world of creative work, the move makes a certain amount of sense.

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Allowing kids to discover music effects via something as simple as pulling a stupid face could allow for the kinds of experimentation that wouldn’t be possible if you asked a child to dig through endless menus.

At present the functionality is only available on the Face ID-equipped iPhone X, but we’ve got our fingers crossed that more devices will get the functionality in the future so that we can gasp and frown our way through more jam sessions.

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