It’s troubling because the last thing you want to do with your new smartphone is drop it, and yet this handhold feels close to what will happen, almost as if you’re being given a vision of the future.
Apple even suggests its thumb driven logic is still one that can work by including “Reachability,” a creative take on the home button which asks for a light double tap — not a full press, just two quick subsequent touches — which drags the top of the screen to the middle, allowing you to operate the larger display from within your thumb’s reach.
This is an interesting inclusion, but a far better way of using the iPhone 6 is to hold the phone in one hand with your thumb at the side, operating the handset with your other hand.
We’re also a little stumped by the inclusion of Near-Field Communication, or rather the disabling of it.
We love NFC. We couldn’t be happier with the technology, and see it as a great way to get devices paired.
Hate linking up Bluetooth headphones? Bump em, and NFC will initiate the process for you.
Want to send photos from a smart camera to a smartphone in a jiffy? Bump the two together and start the process, connecting phone to camera and making the transfer quick and speedy.
So far, Near-Field Communication has made technology easier for us and regular consumers, and with the contactless tech now gracing payment terminals, printers, computers, and door locks, we see it as beneficial for the average regular Joe.
But Apple has other plans. Even though NFC graces the iPhone 6, you can’t actually use it, with no support for anything other than Apple’s payment solution, aptly named Apple Pay.
In Australia, we haven’t seen anything with that yet, and we’ve yet to hear if any banks or shops are testing it, but it is a little disheartening to see that even though Near-Field exists in the iPhone 6, you can’t use it at all, unless you want to pay with a yet-to-be-seen payment system.
There are also the little things which will get you down, especially if you think that Apple is cutting edge.
Things like a lack of infrared, stopping you from using the iPhone as a remote control, because while the app for Apple TV has been around for a while, you have to own an Apple TV to begin with, while devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and LG G3 all support remote control functionality for most TVs built into the handset.