Apple could be bringing back the 4-inch screen from the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s next year when the 2015 iPhone launches.
According to Chinese website Feng.com, the Cupertino-based company may be bringing back the one thing that made the iPhone great to use: one-handed functionality. The 4-inch screen made it really easy for users with smaller hands to reach every corner of the display, but the larger 4.7-inch iPhone 6 got rid of that convenience.
Apple was one of the last big phone manufacturers to do away with smaller screens in favor of larger ones, and it was easy to see why. The ability to use a phone with one hand is a huge feature, but with a bulk of phone makers moving towards larger screens, Apple was bound to head in that direction as well.
2015 could be the year, though, that Apple re-introduces the 4-inch screen. If it turns out to be true, it will most likely be a lower-cost version of the iPhone 6, possibly taking after what the iPhone 5c was. In fact, in could very well be called the iPhone 6c and will be added to the iPhone 6 lineup as a lower-tier device.
Likewise, the device would also probably come with last-generation hardware and specs, meaning that it would most likely pack hardware similar to that of today’s iPhone 6, with the A8 processor and improved graphics, while the iPhone 6s would obviously sport newer and faster internals.
Of course, we’re taking this rumor with big grain of salt, and we’d be moderately surprised if Apple did indeed re-release a 4-inch iPhone, but we’ve been surprised by Apple before, so we’re not saying that the idea is completely far-fetched.
While Apple could be re-introducing a smaller iPhone, the iPhone 6 can still be used with one hand, thanks to a feature called Reachability that allows users to double-tap on the Home button to bring down the top row of apps and easily reach any button that’s toward the top of the screen.
Reachability can be accessed by simply double-tapping on the Home button. This is different than double-clicking. Tapping involves just resting your finger on top of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor without actually clicking down on the Home button.
By double-tapping on the Home button, the entire screen moves down about halfway, allowing you easier access to the top of the screen. This feature is great for users who are constantly using their iPhone 6 one-handed.
However, many people also use their iPhone 6 with two hands, meaning that Reachability is merely useless in this case.
With that said, you can easily turn off Reachability in the settings. Open up the Settings app and tap on Accessibility. Scroll all the way down to the bottom and you’ll see a settings for Reachability. Turn the toggle switch next to Reachability to Off.
Reachability is now turned off and double-tapping on the Home button will no longer activate the feature.
If, after you disabled Reachability, it still activates with a double-tap, try re-enabling it and then disabling it again to see if that works. If that still doesn’t work, perform a hard reset by holding down the Home button and the Power button at the same time until you see the Apple logo. Let your iPhone 6 reboot and then the problem should be fixed.