7 Advantages of iPhone 6 Plus in landscape mode

BY Gautam Prabhu

Published 28 Sep 2014

iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch Retina HD Display with 1920 x 1080 resolution and pixel density of 401 pixels-per-inch (ppi), whereas its smaller sibling, the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch Retina HD Display with 1334 x 750 resolution and pixel density of 326 pixels-per-inch (ppi).

There are some great advantages of the bigger screens especially in case of the iPhone 6 Plus, as they behave more like a smaller iPad than a bigger iPhone, which can help in improving productivity, especially while using it in landscape mode.

Here’s are some of the features of iPhone 6 Plus in landscape mode:

Note: Most of these features only work when Display Zoom has been set to “Standard”, so won’t work in “Zoomed” mode.

1. Bigger screen

We know that the iPhone 6 Plus comes with a bigger screen, but what’s important to note is that the usable screen area excluding the keyboard (and QuickType) when in landscape mode is a whopping 89% bigger than the iPhone 5s. It was quite difficult to use apps in landscape mode on the iPhone 5s/5c/5, but thanks to the bigger screen, you can comfortably use your iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6 in landscape mode for writing emails editing documents, messaging and lots more.

iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 5s - Landscape mode - Notes app

2. Split Screen 

You can also use apps like Mail, Messages etc in split screen mode on the iPhone 6 Plus. So in the Mail app, instead of going back to the list view to check a new mail, you can now tap on the new mail in the list view to the left. In the Mail app, you can also access the swipe gestures to mark an email as read, to delete or archive it or flag the email for followup in the list view. It’s a lot more productive way of using apps like Mail, Messages etc.

iPhone 6 Plus - Messages app

iPhone 6 Plus – Messages app

iPhone 6 Plus - Mail app

iPhone 6 Plus – Mail app

iPhone 6 Plus - Calendar app

iPhone 6 Plus – Calendar app

We expect other popular third-party apps like Whatsapp to also make use of the split screen view.

3. Additional keys on the keyboard

You also get access additional keys such as cut, copy, paste, bold text, undo, exclamation mark, question mark etc on the virtual keyboard in the landscape mode, which means that you have tap the globe less number of times while typing on the iPhone 6 Plus. These additional keys are not available on the iPhone 6. Though it will take sometime getting used to the new keys.

iPhone 6 Plus - Landscape mode - additional keys

4. Safari’s all-new tab view

You can access Safari’s cool new tab view in landscape mode on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus such as:

  • You can switch to the new tab view in Safari with a two or three-finger pinch gesture.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Safari tab view

  • With the new tab view, you can now close a tab by swiping to the left.
  • There is another cool new gesture in Safari that allows you to switch tabs. Pinch with two or three fingers, which will show you the tab view, but without releasing your fingers, drag to the left or right to switch tabs. It may take you a few attempts to master this one.

You can watch the video below to check out the new gestures in action:

5. Watch Full HD videos

Watching video on the iPhone 6 Plus is tremendous. You can finally watch 1080p Full HD videos on the iPhone 6 Plus in 1:1 mode thanks to its 1920×1080 resolution screen. The same is applicable for FaceTime HD calls, and for games when they’re compatible with the higher resolution screens.

Watch HD videos - iPhone 6 Plus

6. Home screen orients in Landscape mode

If you’ve an iPhone 6 Plus, then you may have noticed that the Home screen orients in landscape mode, just like an iPad. This makes switching between apps while you’re in landscape orientation a lot more convenient.

iPhone 6 Plus - Home screen - Landscape mode

7. More Folder Pages

As an extension to the previous feature, you can see more than one folder page in landscape mode as you can see in the screenshot below, and also tap on the apps that are visible. So you can access 6 to 12 additional app icons in the folder view in the landscape mode.

iPhone 6 Plus Home screen - Folders

Despite the Reachability feature, it is not very convenient to use the iPhone 6 Plus with just one hand, but these advantages in the landscape mode, make it a great device for two-handed use. If you haven’t used an iPad, then the iPhone 6 Plus feels like using a completely new iOS device in landscape mode, and significantly boosts productivity, making it a compelling choice for business users who are always on the move.

Let me know what you think of these advantages in the comments below.