Three Tricks iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Owners Need to Know

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In a lot of ways, the features of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are identical to those of their predecessors: iPhone 5S and 5C. However, three little-known features take advantage of the larger screens on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Getting to know these three features increases your enjoyment of your iPhone even more.

Display Zoom

Both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have bigger screens than any iPhone before them.

The screen on the iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches and the 6 Plus screen is 5.5 inches. The earlier phones had only 4-inch screens. Thanks to a feature called Display Zoom, you can take advantage of those larger screens in two ways: to show more content or to make the content bigger. Because the iPhone 6 Plus screen is 1.5 inches bigger than the screen on the iPhone 5S, it can use that extra space to show more words in an email or more of a website, for example. Display Zoom lets you choose between a Standard and Zoomed view of your Home screen.

Display Zoom is also helpful for users with poor eyesight or who just prefer bigger onscreen elements. In this case, the bigger screen is used to enlarge the text, icons, images and other elements displayed on the phone to make them easier to read.

Choosing the Standard or Zoomed option in Display Zoom is part of the set-up process for both phones, but if you want to change your selection, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Settings app.
  2. Tap Display & Brightness.
  3. Tap View in the Display Zoom section.
  4. On this screen, you can tap Standard or Zoomed to see a preview of each option. Swipe side to side to see the option in different scenarios so you can get a good idea of how it looks. 
  5. Make your selection and tap Set and confirm the choice.

    Reachability

    The large screens on the 6 and 6 Plus are great for a lot of things, but having more screen real estate means giving up some things—one of which is the ease with which you can use the phone with only one hand. On iPhones with small screens, holding the phone with one hand and reaching to even the farthest icon with your thumb is possible for most people. It isn't that easy on the iPhone 6 and it's just about impossible on the 6 Plus.

    Apple has added a feature to help out: Reachability. It moves what's being shown at the top of the screen towards the middle to make it easier to reach. Here's how to use it:

    1. When you want to tap something high on the screen that's out of reach, gently double-tap the Home button. It's important to just tap the button: Don't press it. Pressing the Home button twice brings up the multitasking screen, where you quickly switch between apps. Tap the Home button in the same way that you'd tap an app icon.
    2. The contents of the screen move down toward the center.
    3. Tap the item you want. 
    4. The screen contents move back to normal. To use Reachability again, repeat the double-tap.

    Landscape Layout (iPhone 6 Plus Only)

    The iPhone has supported landscape layout—turning the phone on its side and having the content reorient to be wider than tall—since its debut.

    Apps have used landscape for all kinds of things, from being the default layout for some apps to providing access to hidden content in others. 

    The Home screen never supported landscape mode, but it does on the iPhone 6 Plus. 

    When you're at the Home screen, turn your 6 Plus so that it's wider than tall and the screen reorients to move the dock to the edge of the phone and shift the icons to match the screen's orientation. 

    That's neat, but it gets even cooler in some of the built-in iOS apps like Mail and Calendar. Open those apps and turn the phone to landscape mode and you'll reveal new interfaces for the apps that show information in different ways.