5 huge changes to which iPhone 6 owners will have to adapt

“Many horror stories will come out after the iPhone 6 launches – how it is unusable, how the increase in size is too much, how iOS now sucks,” Gordon Kelly writes for Forbes. “For some these problems won’t go away, but for many their reactions will be based on issues of muscle memory.”

“A ‘reverse-L shape’ of the phone’s screen is easiest to access and you will need to move around your most used apps to reflect this,” Kelly writes. “Many times the most comfortable and productive way to operate a big screen phone is to give in and use two hands and… this sparks a strange mental phenomenon: walking and using a phone one handed is fine, but walking and using a phone two handed is far more difficult.”

“Carrying around an iPhone 6 will be more of an issue to men than women. This is because many women carry their phones in bags, but men put them in their trouser and suit pockets… and therefore the iPhone 6 – is just fractionally too large for many of them,” Kelly writes. “The extra stretch required to hit the ‘Q’ or ‘P’ will become a thing. The swipe typing method Apple has added which mimics Swiftkey and Swype will become popular, but it is unlikely to be enough for many triggering switches to ‘cool’ third party keyboards.”

Much more in the full article here.

[Attribution: BGR. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

28 Comments

  1. If it’s going to be the same size as the Note 2, which is what I have, then it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I was worried about this too when I bought mine, but it actually fits just fine in my pants pockets. I guess people who have really tiny pockets might have an issue though.

  2. They want their cake and eat it too. Complaining, even when you asked for it, seems disingenuous. Reminds me of an old Star Trek blooper where the makeup guy is ripping off a face makeup from someone while saying “You wanted show biz kid? Well Gawdammit yah got it!” Take the good with whatever bad!

    1. Due to the efforts of Apple haters and competitors, no matter what Apple does or does not do, they face waves of FUD and fecal matter. It’s just part of the territory.

      1. No matter what the haters and competitors say, Apple will continue to make boatloads of money as long as the loyal Apple consumer is happy with the product. I have no doubt they will be very happy with the next iPhone. A lot of time and effort goes into it and most consumers appreciate that. Those are the things the haters and competitors can never take away with their lies.

    1. I’d like it if the iPad portrait keyboard could show up in landscape. The landscape keyboard is too big when just using one hand. I have to go take a nap after typing this.

      1. You know you can split the keyboard in half on the iPad by pulling it to each side with your thumbs. This works in landscape and portrait. A thoughtful Apple feature in the split keyboard mode is letters adjacent the spilt are there but hidden from view. A tap next to the Y key will type the T.

        The split keyboard could easily be included in a large phone.

  3. The biggest drawback for me is the no-longer-flat edges and buttons on either side of the phone. I loved being able to use my iPhone as a level (I use iHandy Level). With the sleep button on the right side and the volume controls on the left, this feature is now history. Oh well, the price of progress…

    1. The bigger phone will cause the edges of the phone to press against the skin of your hand between your thumb and forefinger. The edges of the 5/5s would be wildly uncomfortable. You’ll be glad for the curve.

    2. Don’t worry, there will be cases that will allow you to use the iPhone as a level. With Ive’s thinness obsession, one couldn’t balance the phone on its edge safely anyway.

  4. …And what if Apple won’t “stretch the keyboard” but makes it fit to (with choice to the left for left-handed) the hand?
    iPhone can have its own way to present its UI, a different one from iPad. No?

    1. I hope Apple will finally allow the on-screen keyboard to support other layouts, like Dvorak, for one example. Currently it only allows some for external keyboards. I also agree that the option, via settings, for a less than full screen keyboard may solve the long reach issue.

  5. All his about walking and typing is stupid. Fools all over walking across streets, bumping into people and things. I say it is good feature if it stops people from being hazards to the rest of us. Maybe the 5.5 will be even more effective to stop idiots from walking and staring into their phones.

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