Articles like this are highly predictive. Every time Apple releases a new iPhone someone comes along with headlines like this one: ‘The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone.’
As I stood in line at my local AT&T store Friday morning, preparing to plunk down $399 on Apple’s next big thing, a fear crept into my thoughts: What if the iPhone 6 Plus is too big to fit into my pants pocket? Am I going to have to start carrying a purse?
Yeah, this is a big problem. If only one could test out the size of a new iPhone before buying it. Any other problems?
Yet just as I began to rejoice that I hadn’t wasted my money on a phone I couldn’t carry, a different drawback became apparent: There’s no easy way to use the device with just one hand.
Except for the little trick iOS 8 does which brings the screen down to your fingers (thumb).
When Apple announced the 6 Plus, I noted that it had included a feature that allows you to pull the top buttons halfway down the screen by double-tapping the home button. I did not anticipate that I would quickly come to rely on this feature for almost everything I need to do on the phone.
So, what’s the problem with the iPhone 6 again?
A device that requires two hands is a device that demands your full attention. It’s not a device you can whip out of your pocket and glance at quickly in between other tasks. It’s not a device you can use to quickly scan your email while carrying a grocery bag or hanging onto a subway pole. And perhaps that was Apple’s intention all along: An awkwardly sized phone might be just the incentive some people need to buy a $350 smartwatch.
Ah, that’s it. The big iPhone 6 Plus is there only to make us buy an Apple Watch. Clever, those marketers at Apple. Can I get a refund on the time it took to read an article with absolutely no redeeming value?