How to use Reachability on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Using a feature specific to the larger screen iPhones makes it possible for one-handed use.

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During the announcement of the larger-screened iPhones, a new feature called Reachability was announced. Due to the larger screens making it harder to continue one-handed use on iPhones, Apple came up with a quick and easy method to shorten the reach to content at the top of the screen.

The solution requires you to double-tap the home button. (Notice I didn’t say double-press, as that activates the app switcher.) A double-tap, or -touch, will move the top half of content on the screen down to the bottom half of the screen.

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On the left, a normal screen from the iPhone 6 Plus. On the right, the same screen, but with Reachability activated.Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

You can then tap on a link or button, or scroll through a list or webpage. After tapping on the screen, the content will slide back to its normal position.

In practice, Reachability has been a useful feature to quickly tap a button located at the top of the screen without having to adjust your grip on the phone or use a second hand. Hopefully Apple has plans to place either a widget, or an abbreviated version of Notification Center in the top half of the screen when Reachability is active. The blank space is prime real estate for such content.

via cnet.com

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