To make one-handed use easier on the larger 4.7″ and 5.5″ displays of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (respectively), Apple introduced a feature called ‘Reachability’. Find it out annoying? Here’s how to disable Reachability.
The Perfect Smartphone Display Size
For the longest time, Steve Jobs kept pushing the idea that the 3.5″ screen of the iPhone was the perfect size. He regularly poked fun at larger sized phones from the competition.
The first increase in screen size – from 3.5″ to 4.0″ – came just one year after his death with the iPhone 5. Two years later, the latest pair of iPhones come in 4.7″ and 5.5″ sizes only. Two years in the future, we will likely see no small iPhone at all.
The fact of the matter is: there is no perfect smartphone display size. Different people like different sizes. Some may like smaller displays for their portability, and enhanced one-hand usage. Others prefer larger displays because of a more enjoyable viewing experience, enhanced two-handed usage, and longer battery life.
I have not yet seen the iPhone 6 in the flesh, so I cannot seriously comment on whether 4.7″ is the large size or not. However, based on my extensive time with the 3.5″ iPhone 4S, and occasional playing-around with larger phones, I think the perfect size is between 4″-4.5″.
That is just my opinion, though.
How To Disable Reachability On iPhone 6 / Plus
Reachability on iPhone 6 works like this: you double tap (touch only; not click) the Home button, and the entire user interface swoops down so that the top half of the screen is easily reachable without readjusting your grip.
It is a useful feature, but if you find it annoying you can easily disable Reachability from Settings > General > Accessibility > Reachability.
You could, alternatively, just not double tap the home button but hey, it’s not my decision. I can’t imagine using the iPhone 6 Plus without Reachability.