On the subject of iPhone 6 Plus #mykewasright

Myke Hurley from Relay.fm has been the subject of light hearted discussions recently in regard to trying to convince his colleagues and friends that the bigger of the two new iPhones – the 6 Plus is the better iPhone to go for due to its superior screen, battery life etc.

I found two recent responses from Marco Arment and Jason Snell to be interesting.

Marco Arment writing on his site:

What’s better about the 6 Plus

  • Battery life: In my use, I’d estimate that it lasted about 50–75% longer than the iPhone 6, which is usually the difference between sometimes needing to charge it mid-day and reliably being able to last all day even in heavy usage.
  • Camera: The 6 Plus’ image stabilizer is a minor difference outdoors, but a noticeable difference indoors when it can select a lower ISO, resulting in less noise.
  • Typing: For whatever reason, the keyboard size on the 6 Plus (in portrait orientation) fits me better than the 6, resulting in far fewer errors. I’m already typing more accurately on the 6 Plus than I ever could on the 6.
  • Screen space: It’s nice when reading books, reading web pages, and showing photos. But the additional screen space is a relatively minor benefit to me overall, as most iPhone software doesn’t make good use of it.

I think we can all agree with these above points but you would expect that from a physically larger device.

Being accustomed to the iPhone 6, the 6 Plus doesn’t feel as huge as it did when it first launched and we were all accustomed to the 4-inch iPhone 5/5S. It stopped feeling huge in my hands within the first few hours of use.
The 6 Plus is indeed worse than the 6 for one-handed use, but not by nearly as much as I expected — both are poorly suited to it.
The 6 Plus also shares the 6’s unfortunate sleep/wake-button placement opposite the volume-up button, which I presume is a victory of visual symmetry over usability. Many months into ownership, I still sometimes accidentally hit both buttons.

I too still find myself suffering from muscle memory of when the sleep/wake button was at the top on the previous models.

Grip is about the same, too. Both lack side-grippability and feel precariously slippery when used without a case, even though I’ve never needed a case for any previous iPhones. The case-edge design (on both models) is so poor that I was very uncomfortable using the iPhone 6 until I got Apple’s leather case a few weeks later. Unsurprisingly, I have the exact same opinion about the 6 Plus: it’s too slippery without a case, but feels great with the Apple leather case.

I don’t find the iPhone 6 design slippery at all but I agree that a case would make it a better grip in the hand. I don’t agree that the case-edge design is poor – industrial design at its best – smoother, thinner, less jarring.

A common theme among other reviews is that the 6 Plus is a “different kind of device” that inspires a different usage pattern, more like a tiny iPad than a large iPhone, with more two-handed and/or landscape-orientation usage. I haven’t found this to be the case. Maybe that’s because I’ve never been a heavy iPad user, but the 6 Plus doesn’t feel like an iPad or a new kind of device at all to me — it just feels like a huge iPhone.
In fact, the iPad-crossover enhancements mostly annoy me, and I’d disable them if I could. The iPad-style treatment of split-view apps and slide-up modal views in landscape orientation feels cramped and hacky at best — it just feels like a too-small iPad, rather than a too-large iPhone. I’m also constantly rotating the home screen unintentionally, requiring me to use portrait lock regularly for the first time.

Much like Jason Snell alluded to last year, you shouldn’t expect to come close to replicating the iPad experience on the 6 Plus – it’s a good idea but it has not been executed throughly enough to take advantage of the 6 Plus’s bigger screen yet – maybe iOS 9 will see some refinement in this area.

Marco finishes his article by suggesting he will move to the 6 Plus to take advantage of the bigger features even though he laments the current design of both models.

Jason Snell writing for Six Colors:

I really did appreciate the iPhone 6 Plus’s longer battery life. The longer life is noticeable, and was much appreciated as I was wandering around London. And I got used to the size of the device in my pocket in no time, but beyond that, I have to say I’m hard pressed to find anything I prefer about the iPhone 6 Plus over my iPhone 6. Yes, the screen is larger, but I didn’t ever feel that I was seeing more of the world by viewing an extra tweet in Twitterrific or a little bit more territory in Maps.

The extra screen is clearly going to be an advantage in apps that show video, photos or games – there will be a clear benefit there but I agree some apps like Twitter or Maps won’t be advantageous.

When I returned to my iPhone 6 upon landing back in the U.S., I felt instantly more comfortable when holding the smaller phone. During my two weeks with the 6 Plus, I had taken to cradling it with two hands whenever possible. I use my iPhone 6 with a single hand all the time, but that’s much harder for me to do with the 6 Plus—I could barely stretch my thumb across the 6 Plus screen to the bottom right corner, let alone reach items at the top of the screen. And I kept feeling like I was about to drop the phone as I continually moved it in my hand in order to tap the right part of the screen
People with large hands (or who rely less on one-handed operation) might have a very different experience, but for me it was just too big a device, with not enough functional gain elsewhere. I’m back to the iPhone 6 now and not missing the big guy at all. I don’t disapprove of people who prefer the 6 Plus to the 6—and I know a bunch of my colleagues are definitely rethinking their choices—but I’m afraid I won’t be joining the club.

For a pocket device which is where the iPhone is targeted at, one handed use is essential for me. In my tests with the 6 Plus, for all the good of reachability – it’s definitely a two-handed device. Each device whether it’s the Watch, iPad, iPhone, MacBook – no matter how portable these devices are, I believe they are still designed for a typical use case within the mobile category so the iPhone will always be the quick pocketable device to be used one handed and that is where the iPhone 6 and not the iPhone 6 Plus excels.

Myke’s Relay.fm colleague Stephen Hackett recently wrote on his site that what helped him sway towards the 6 Plus was the notion of purchasing the Apple Watch so he wouldn’t have to rely on pulling the 6 Plus out of his pocket for most of the time. Although I see some logic to this I am odds with this when I think off the dependency of having to carry a paired iPhone with the Apple Watch on you and perhaps not fully knowing through experience of exactly how our iPhone use will decrease if at all. Once we have spent some time carrying the iPhone and Apple Watch together will we know if the 6 Plus’s larger size be an issue.

Modern Family will air episode shot entirely with iPhones and iPads


Modern Family will air episode shot entirely with iPhones and iPads | Cult of Mac

MacBooks and iPhones have been no strangers on Modern Family but in an upcoming episode, Apple’s mobile devices are also taking over filming duties.
Modern Family plans to be the first major TV show to air an episode shot almost entirely with the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and MacBook FaceTime cameras. The episode, titled “Connection Lost,” airs February 25 on ABC, but the sitcom’s creator, Steve Levitan, says filming a TV show with the iPhone was even more difficult than anticipated.

“Everything was shot on the iPhone 6 or new iPads,” Levitan told The New York Times. “With one or two small scenes shot using MacBook Pros.”

At first, actors filmed scenes themselves while also dishing out lines. The shots ended up being horrible, though, so the team solved it by using professional camera operators. The actors grabbed the operators’ arms so it looked like the character was in control of the iPhone.

Levitan says “Connection Lost” was inspired partly by the short film Noah, which is set entirely on a computer screen as the main character goes through a breakup on Facebook. Modern Family’s iPhone episode starts with Claire Dunphy sitting in an airport waiting for her flight when it becomes apparent she’s struggling to find Haley after a flight. In seconds, her screen fills up with texts, emails and FaceTime chats, making “Connection Lost” perhaps the most modern Modern Family episode ever.

I remember the episode from 2010 where the character Phil was on a quest to secure one of the first iPads – I look forward to seeing this new episode when it airs.

Switch to the iPhone – For the Camera Alone


Switch to iPhone: For a better everyday camera! | iMore

The iPhone 6’s rear-facing iSight camera is 8 megapixels. Some might argue that more would be better; we saw the megapixel race in point-and-shoot cameras, however, and we know how senseless it is. Megapixels represent quantity, not quality. To get more megapixels, manufacturers carve the image sensor up into smaller pixels that take in less light. That typically results in larger photos of poorer quality. That’s why Apple made the choice not to go for more pixels, but for bigger pixels — 1.5 microns at f/2.2. Because they’re larger, they take in more light and result in better-quality photos.
If you really want to shoot images sized for posters or billboards, or want to take advantage of significant downsampling, it’s okay to look for megapixels. If you want truly great photos, however, you’ll need to look beyond them.

Great snippet from Rene Ritchie explaining the myth around megapixels. Quality over quantity.

iPad Air 2 60% Faster Than the iPhone 6


Secret hardware upgrades make the iPad Air 2 the fastest frickin’ tablet on the planet | Cult of Mac:

And what does that mean practically? It means the iPad Air 2 is not only the fastest tablet in the world, smoking even Nvidia’s Tegra K1 Shield Tablet. It’s also over 60% faster than even the iPhone 6.If you want a top-of-the-line iDevice with blistering fast speed, the iPad Air 2 is as good as it gets.

[Link] This killer trick will charge your iPhone 6 in half the time


This killer trick will charge your iPhone 6 in half the time | Cult of Mac

But here’s a killer trick. You can use a 12W iPad charger to juice up the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in half the time when compared to the 5W iPhone charger your device ships with by default.

So if you’re frustrated by how long it takes your iPhone 6 to charge to 100%? Try plugging it into your iPad charger.

Nice tip.

[Link] Apple iPhone 6 Plus Second Impressions from Microsoft Commentator Paul Thurrott


Apple iPhone 6 Plus Second Impressions from Paul Thurrott

I’ve only been using iPhone 6 Plus for a day, but I’ve already noticed that the battery life is fantastic. I used it all day yesterday and didn’t charge it overnight and it made it past noon this morning too. I’ll be looking at this more closely, obviously, but I can’t recall a smart phone with that kind of staying power.

I think it’s fair to note that most people would be quite happy with the iPhone 6 Plus or, if they’re not interested in a phablet, the smaller iPhone 6. This is a wonderful smart phone overall.

[Link] Samsung smartphone trade-in requests surge in wake of Apple’s iPhone 6 announcements


Samsung smartphone trade-in requests surge in wake of Apple’s iPhone 6 announcements

According to buyback service and AppleInsider partner Gazelle, trade-ins of Samsung devices were up threefold on a weekly basis immediately following Apple’s Sept. 9 announcement, suggesting Apple’s larger screen sizes may already be doing their part to court over Android switchers.

Talking of Samsung….Let the people talk.

[Link] Samsung mocks Apple’s iPhone 6 in adverts for its Galaxy Note 4 | Mail Online


Samsung mocks Apple’s iPhone 6 in adverts for its Galaxy Note 4 | Mail Online

  • Samsung has created six adverts mocking Apple’s latest announcements
  •  One video refers to the fact Apple’s live stream crashed on Tuesday
  •  Others poke fun at Apple’s Watch, as well as the lack of multiple windows and styluses on the new phones
  •  Each advert was designed to show off features of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4
  •  The ‘It Doesn’t Take a Genius’ title refers to Apple’s in-store Genius bars

Haters gonna hate…

[Link] Cult of Mac’s First Impressions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus


Hands-on: First impressions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus | Cult of Mac

Next up is the “bigger than bigger” iPhone 6 Plus, which comes with an eagerly anticipated 5.5-inch display. It’s nearly as huge as the Galaxy Note 4, but Apple’s cleverly figured out a way for you to use it with only one hand. Watch the video below to see it in action.

I love how Apple have got round the big screen-too-big-to-operate-with-one-hand scenario – double tap the home button and the screen moves down so you can access what would of been hard to reach areas with only one hand. Simple idea but genius.

[Link] Don’t want a larger-sized iPhone? Another view on it…


iPhones – All this

many people prefer and are better served by the current iPhone size. Women’s clothes, in particular, are typically not designed for carrying large phones, which is why I see lots of women carrying their phones in their back pockets—they just don’t have any other place for them.

This is the point where men often say “But they have purses!” Very observant. You might also have noticed that women don’t carry their purses as they move around their homes or workplaces. But they still want to keep their phones with them.

Agreed. If people are not interested in the new iPhone 6 because they think it will be too big for them, you would think Apple will still make a 3.7” sized device in the future so not to lose existing customers. They couldn’t certainly upgrade the internals of the current iPhone 5s, upgrade it with iPhone 6 components and re-brand it next year as a 6c or whatever but what about the year after that? Will the rumoured 4.7” be the minimum size for the iPhone going forward. One thing is for sure, if you intended to stick with your 5s, you’ll maybe only get 2-3 years before iOS reaches a point where it doesn’t support it anymore. It’s an interesting dynamic, and hopefully things will be a lot clearer very soon.