iPhone 6 Plus (Reachability 001)

So I’ve finally managed to snag an iPhone 6 Plus this past weekend and boy does that 5.5-inch form factor take some getting used to.

Just ahead of the official announcement I, along with many other bloggers, was wondering whether a bigger iPhone might force Apple to rather unceremoniously abandon its unwavering principle of one-handed use.

Fortunately, Apple’s smart engineers soothed our collective fears by creating a smart software feature dubbed Reachability, which lets you double tap the Touch ID button to slide the top half of the screen to the bottom half so you can reach touch targets in iOS positioned at the top, like Safari’s address bar.

I’ve been loving Reachability a lot and using it on a daily basis. How about you?

Please cast your vote only if you own an iPhone 6. Everyone else, feel free to chime in with your thoughts down in the comments.

If you ever wanted to enjoy Reachability on older iOS 7 devices, check out a jailbreak tweak called Reachability7 by developer Mohammed Marbouh.

And if your iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t fit in your pocket, here are some alternate ways to carry it by MacObserver, via The Loop.

I’m eager to learn about your early impressions of Reachability.

Has it been working out for you? Is it awkward, seamless or did you find it cumbersome to begin with?

  • Leonard Wong

    It is actually useful. I use it regularly
    oh and I found myself using spotlight more than ever

    • Jamessmooth

      Hey same here with Spotlight! I’ve probably used it more since I got my 6+ than I ever have

    • It’s the best way to launch apps. On the Mac as well.

      Especially once you train yourself so that it becomes natural. Then the next progression is to be able to assign activator action to invoke Spotlight from anywhere. I loved it.


      i noticed that it takes so damn long for me to search apps on spotlight after reboot

      • Zille Hasnain

        The iPhone builds index for all the files on every reboot so for the first search it may take longer than usual and its normal


        I didn’t have this problem when i was on 7.0.6 on my 5s

    • Rowan09

      Spotlight search is the best feature on an IOS or Mac OS device.

  • Tyler Smith

    I use this occasionally. Just when I am holding the phone as I used to hold my old iPhone 4.

  • Jimmy Velletta

    Never. Just adjust my hand a little to reach the top. I very rarely need to though.

  • Jamessmooth

    At first a lot. Now once every other day or so. Only because I forget I’m not jailbroken and it’s not Virtual Home. 🙁

    • Tyler Smith

      iOS 8 jailbreak hopefully before the end of the year….

    • Kelvin Lieu

      WOW jailbreak tweak that uses touch ID sensor to replace reachability with ‘virtual’ home button. You heard it here first guys!

  • I have a 6+ and i never use it

    • Thats probably because you don’t use the phone one-handed. I find that it does come in handy. A customer came in over the weekend and they didn’t even know about it, crazy right.

      • my hand ‘s not so big, i can’t use one-handed, then i not need Reachability

  • Jason Baroni

    I could use it regularly if I had an iPhone 6 or Plus.

  • It’s a cool feature. Need a little refinement and it’ll be great.

    I plan on using it more once I can bind it to the activator action of swiping down from the left or right edge of screen.

    Also, if the jailbreak developers can tweak to allow dismissal with a swipe up motion at the edge of the screen, it would be perfect.

    I am also looking forward to being able to repurpose the double-tap of home button to something else. I.e. Play/Pause music.

  • TwinSon

    I use it sometimes but mostly i have gotten use to the form factor of the 6+.

    • Jamessmooth

      Same. At first it was a little much, but now it feels normal.

  • rain111

    Since I got my iPhone 6 plus, I only used it very few times.

  • justme

    I know, apple are trying to doing well (keep the one-hand use) but…
    In terms of design is so awkward and ugly.

    I think they will need to completly redesign their stock apps to use with one-hand natively in that BIG screens to void that big Black-Ugly space will appears on your half screen.

    Their apps should be rewrite (all of them) to work with one hand and keep showing all important content on your screen.

    • Chinch07

      Other then bringing menu items or back buttons from the top to the bottom there isn’t much you can do to make a large app work with one handed use on a large phone. If anything you should have more on a screen with a larger phone and that is the opposite of one handed use. If you own a large phone like the 6 plus (like I do) you need to embrace it and not try and figure out how to use it 1 handed perfectly. The iPhone 6 is far more capable of 1 handed use. And with regards to the “Black Ugly Space” it isn’t black, it is a semi-transparent space that shows your home screen wallpaper behind it.

  • Matthew C OConnell

    I used it the first day I bought my 6 Plus, just to try it out. Haven’t used it since.

  • Steven Miller

    I use this feature every now and then, its useful every now and then on the iPhone 6, but I think its mandatory on the iPhone 6 plus.

  • Where’s the option for ‘only on accident’?

    • Merman123

      You could turn it off inside settings.

      • I know. I like using it sometimes. But I accidentally activate when I don’t want it sometimes.

  • Matt Dowdy

    Having owned a note 3 with the swipe in and out of screen edge to use it was a feature that I didn’t ever use as it was more hassle to make it work than to move my hand but reachability on my 6plus is used all the time especially as I can pull down the notification centre without touching the top of the screen, works every time with ease for me and a very welcome feature

  • Jeffrey Feuerstein

    I use it very regularly, like 5-20 times a day, it’s very useful just for the little top i can’t reach.

  • Decio Arruda

    I don’t own an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus but when I played around with them I always found myself using them in two hands. The bigger size is nice, but impossible to maneuver in one hand unfortunately.

  • Ian Leon

    This poll does not account for the fact that the people who don’t have the iPhone 6 will select “Never” just to see the post results

  • khmi

    Rarely use it at all. There one thing that bugs me, when quick replying to a message the send button is all the way at the top. No using reachability to get to that. They need to move the button down, I often miss the send button, which erases the text, then have to unlock my phone and retype it. Or worse not know I missed the button and not reply at all, thinking I did

    • Merman123

      I’m hating this too. There’s no confirmation on whether you hit send or dismissed it by tapping else where. You have to land right on the send button.

  • Stefano

    I didn’t expect to use it at all. I use it quite often and it’s very helpful. Completely unrelated, I still reach to the top of the iPhone to sleep it.

  • Antzboogie

    Sometimes but I love using both hands because the keyboard is way easier and more accurate using two hands. Reachability does have its upsides though.

    • Nathan

      It’d be nice if they made it ‘double tap away from send button to cancel message’.

  • pauleebe

    I would use it more, if you could keep it enabled for more than one touch/input.

    I’ve found that after enabling it, then tapping on the screen once, it reverts it back to fullscreen. This is annoying when I need to navigate more than once on the screen. It’s faster to just use both hands in these cases.

    • Merman123

      I’ve found that it you’re fast enough, you could manage to register two inputs.

  • I use it occasionally! Since I came from my Galaxy S4 and the size is almost exactly the same, I rarely find myself using the feature.

  • JS3

    when using my 6 with one hand i use it just on the regular for sure. that along with swipe gestures its pretty damn good. love it!

  • SkyFall

    Am i the only one who sees Reachability as a hint to dual window multitasking? I mean it moves the screen to the bottom half, so maybe in iOS 8.3 or iOS 9 (since its a pretty big feature) we will finally see dual window multitasking on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

    • Rowan09

      It’s suppose to be released with the new iPad being announced this week. I believe the iPad and 6+ will get window multitasking.

  • hkgsulphate

    only android users wouldn’t
    their big hands (more advanced than iSheeps they called) can use the 6+ one-handed comfortably

  • Eikast

    I disabled it one day one. I just adjust the phone in my hand to reach the upper part of the screen.

  • Gameboy213

    I use it a ton actually. It sure isn’t pretty but it does the job very well on my Plus.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Double tapping the homebutton should invoke app switcher not reachability. I hate double pressing the home button just to close apps that i dont use.

  • cr0w_69

    I have a question about Reachability. On that blank top section there, you are able to use another app, right?

  • Emmanuel

    I have the feature turned off. It doesn’t really appeal to me.