Apple iPhone 6 to take a page off Samsung’s book: could have one-handed mode


We already know a lot about the upcoming iPhone 6 despite the fact that the otherwise super-secretive Apple is trying to cover it with a veil of secrecy. However, we are still left guessing about the little details and intricacies of the upcoming iPhone 6: we know it’d have a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch version, but what about the features?

In a last-minute report by the New York Times, we are seeing a confirmation of earlier rumors: the 5.5” iPhone 6 model will indeed be the more expensive one, and both new iPhones will get the new iPad mini-like design with curved rather than sharp edges.

But the big surprise in the iPhone 6 might be that it could take some hints from none other but its main rival Samsung. Since the iPhone 6 will come in larger sizes Apple is said to have adopted a single-hand usage mode that might be similar to what Samsung has in its Galaxy Note series for instance. Such a mode will make typing and using the iPhone 6 with a single hand easier.

Also, we’re hearing that the iPhone 6 will - just as all earlier reports agree on - feature a near-field communications (NFC) chip that is often said to be targeted at mobile payments. Apple is allegedly collaborating with American Express, Visa, and MasterCard for an iPhone-powered payment system. Many others have tried to kickstart mobile payments and Google had it as early as in 2011 with the Nexus S, but the feature never gained wide-market acceptance.

source: NY Times

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39 Comments

1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

iPhone in this image looks gorgeous

4. AlikMalix unregistered

I agree specially when u think about that grey body is aluminum, the feel of cold metal in your hands. Of course it will all go to the crapper if that camera is protruding - then I'm sticking with iPhone 5s for much longer.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7220; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The one handed mini screen first appeared on the Samsung Note 3, then it was on the S5 and now its on the S4 as well. So Apple is going to copy once again from the Android world.

26. VHMP01

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

In this case from the 'Samsung' world, which makes it even worst for Apple, and all its spoiled Little tamtrums... Samsung copied me, bla, bla, bla!

32. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

That's what they've been doing for the past few years anyway.

36. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

why not samsung brings a law suit this time?

38. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

well done, good job.... you are full of facts... you are a good researcher...

9. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

But this is impossible design, because the aluminum MUST BE CUT (reception) iPhone 6 will have fugly back, so try to live with that

31. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Ipad=oversized iPod touch Iphone6=oversized iPod touch again. Amazing design. Innovation at it's finest.

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I don't think it is that nice to look at. The 5S is way more gorgeous than this one. They are starting to look like all the other smartphones out there...

18. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

I too think the 5S is way more gorgeous than this one.

29. AlikMalix unregistered

you have no argument from me...

30. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Me too. IMO, I think they should've just kept the same design and just make it bigger and thinner and left it at that.

17. banglazbless

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Where is your copycat comment? If it was Samsung I'm sure you would've point that out. Apple is no innovator, they just steal what others have created and claim it their own, on top of that turn around a suit.

28. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It does but call me crazy, it looks plain without the lines lol!

2. nitinraj

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Being sarcastic or stupid?

3. AlikMalix unregistered

I doubt apple will do that, I think they will redesign the entire OS and force Devs to certain guidelines before subject to this shrinking screen workaround. In iOS 7 apple introduced more natural gestures that specifically eliminates the need for back buttons or menu buttons - swipe left/right to go back forward, and swipe down or swipe from edge, or multi finger gestures, including Siri commands that will perform tasks with just tap on home button and the well thought out accessibility options that help people who have hard time with even touching the screen. I think iOS is properly ready for the big screen. I hate workarounds, that's one of many reasons I stick with iOS.

5. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

iPhone 6 is the only Apple device that I think honestly gotta amaze me :)

8. AlikMalix unregistered

We'll the way I see it, they built that thing to win back a few "agnostic" users with larger screens and included bunch of android favorites (a little redesigned, but still) to win a few or many users who are chasing screen size. Many iPhone users on forums like iMore or AppleInsider or even here, still hope Apple continues to build the 4" along side the new sizes. But at the same time I personally know and see many considering going back to iOS due to large screen introduction.

14. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

every person i've talked to that is going to upgrade to the next iphone wants the 4,7 inch screen. but its nice if apple actually had a 4" as an option.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

One important note from the article is the way Apple introduces new feature in its ecosystem. Apple insures that everyone is on board and the feature isn't just a check on a spec list. It's one thing to include NFC and hope u find use for it, it's another to include major credit cards, merchants, and commerce, and security to boot before putting into the hands of public. The good news is Android users with NFC will finally be able to take advantage of theirs in more places than McDonalds and Walgreens.

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Android users already have been taking advantage of NFC, perhaps not in USA but in the rest of the world they have.

20. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

i live in Manhattan and I use it everyday at stores(duane reade, walgreens, cvs, riteaid,7-11, etc) to pay for stuff

27. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Nooooo that can't be... iPhone hasn't made nfc popular yet ;)

7. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Now that Apple has "Invented" one handed mode, it will become standard on all Phablets.

10. kalalemuhammad

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

And Samsung is always criticized for copying.

13. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I use the Note 3 and the swipe to get one handed operation hardly ever works. So annoying But anyways lets see if apple copy and if they do then they best hope they will make it work better. Ps. I think people are expecting to much from the next iphone. They are so limited I dont ever see the use of an iphone in my world

15. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

-Sigh-. Period.

16. DirtySoul

Posts: 16; Member since: May 22, 2012

One-handed mode, I like it. Good for watching porn.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good one, dirty one, but a good one lol.

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