Reachability: A gimmick or an effective way to use the bigger iPhone 6 with one hand?


I’ll be honest: When I heard Apple say the word “Reachability” during the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch event, I winced. The function, which is meant to help use the bigger iPhones with one hand, simply sounded gimmicky. Even a few minutes with the phones that day didn’t sway me. After spending hours with the larger iPhones, however, Reachability has somewhat surprisingly become fairly natural and effective for me.

For those not familiar with it, Reachability is activated by touching the iPhone’s home button twice in quick succession.

touch ID on iPhone 6

This isn’t a double-press of the button: That would typically activate the iOS app switcher. Instead, it’s just two light touches; you’re not depressing the home button. Doing so causes the entire home screen or active application to slide down on the [company]Apple[/company] iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, making it easier to reach controls, apps, buttons and input fields near the top…

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