The release of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus marks Apple’s first foray into larger smartphone screen territory. Apple’s decision to add more screen real estate is seen as a move to thwart the efforts of rival smartphone makers such as Samsung or HTC, who are attracting more and more of the market with their larger displays.
But is there anything more to the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus’ larger screen size? Below are three nifty tricks that take advantage of the latest iPhone’s larger screen:
A. Display Zoom
With display zoom, users get to experience the full advantage of having a larger screen. This option allows two settings: Standard, which shows more content such as words in an email, or website elements, and Zoomed, which enlarges items such as text, icons, images, and more – perfect for those with poor eyesight.
To enable this feature, follow these easy steps:
1. Go to your phone’s Settings.
2. Tap Display & Brightness.
3. Tap Display Zoom.
4. Select either Standard or Zoomed.
5. Tap Set.
Because of the iPhone 6’s larger screen size, some elements are now out of your thumb’s range when handling the smartphone using only one hand. Thankfully, Apple devised a way to make content at the top of the screen move towards the middle, for instances wherein you can only use one hand for your phone (like standing in a train, for example).
To make icons move down, follow these steps:
1. Double tap your phone’s home button (Don’t press it, as doing so will bring up the multitasking window. Tap the button the same way you select an app.)
2. The screen’s contents will move down, making anything previously unreachable now within range.
3. Select an item and the screen will revert back to normal.
Personally I have found this annoying and disabled it. Heh.
C. Landscape Orientation (iPhone 6 Plus Only)
For the first time, an iPhone’s homescreen can now be viewed in landscape mode, similar to the iPad. The landscape orientation was limited only to certain apps, but now even the default homescreen re-organizes itself to accommodate landscape mode – a feature that many users might find handy. In addition, built-in iOS apps such as Mail and Calendar also support landscape mode, allowing for new interfaces and different ways of displaying information.