The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have once again proved that Apple is still has it when it comes to pushing the iPhone design to new levels. While some of the new features that the phone comes with are either obvious just by looking at the darned thing (like its bigger screen and thinner body) or by looking at your packaging (like the improved A8 M8 co-processor), there are some things the awesome new phone can do that are not so obvious to the naked eye –awesome things that make your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus just that much more special.
Below are 6 things you might not have known your iPhone 6 & 6 Plus could do.
I. Super Slow-Mo
Your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus are the only iPhone models out there that have the capability to record video in the super slow motion of 240 frames per second (without jailbreaking, of course). To do this, open your camera and simply swipe over until you see the slow-mo option.
II. Enjoy a Tablet-like Landscape
The iPhone 6 Plus takes advantage of its controversial size by making some of its most important apps designed for a more aesthetically pleasing layout when used in landscape. Now your native calendar, clock, mail, stocks apps, and even your home screen are easier to study and navigate with a simple tilt of your phone. [How do you enable this or is it enabled by default?]
III. Apple Pay
Apple Pay turns your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus into a digital wallet. With the ability to store credit cards on the device itself, you have a super quick and easy way of completing transactions at stores. Simply open the Passbook app on your phone and tap the plus sign at the top. Then select Setup Apple Pay to add your cards in until your hearts content. Then just open it and tap your iPhone to a pay terminal that supports NFC payments and you’re good to go.
IV. VoLTE Calling
In the past, Verizon users were unfairly disabled from browsing the internet while making phone calls. Now, the only Apple products with this capability through Verizon networks are the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. This means calls are completed in higher definition (better sound quality) and better phone efficiency. While this is something T-Mobile and AT&T users consider the norm (not the call quality, but the multitasking ability), Verizon users can finally join the party. By the way, Sprint claims to be working on VoLTE establishment, too…
iPhone 6 owners who also are owners of iOS 8 compatible iPad models can use Handoff, a feature that allows calls and texts to the iPhone appear on your iPad. You can answer these calls, too, and speak over speakerphone or headphones with a functioning microphone – it’s not just like a beeper. Pretty awesome right? You can access this feature by accessing your settings, first turning Facetime on, then turning on Handoff. This also works on OSX computers and is one of my favorite new Apple features to date.
With the larger size of the new iPhone 6 and 6+, accessing certain parts of the screen may be a little more difficult than with previous models. While some may be deterred by this, Apple has actually already responded with something called Reachability mode, which lets you reach things on your screen that may be otherwise out of reach by bringing them to the bottom of your screen. You can do this by double-tapping the Home button.
Here’s David showing you what’s what:
Any of these things you didn’t know you could do? Have something else to add?