6 iPhone 6 things to know

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Let's be honest up front and say that some of these features are actually because of iOS 8. Of course many people are using iOS 8 only because they just got a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Let's have a look at 6 of the best things that I have seen already on the iPhone 6 that you will want to take a look at (or make sure you delete if you can't stand these things)


1) Group Texting

A great way to message a group and even label the conversation to remember who you were speaking to. 

Of course this is not the best thing about the new group texting, the best thing is it is so easy to remove yourself from a conversation that you never wanted to be a part of in the first place. 

If there is nothing else new this would be enough!


2) Reachability

This is what they are technically calling the feature that allows you to access the apps that are too far away for your fingers to reach while using only one hand on the iPhone. Maybe the most recent text or email is one you want and it is all the way at the top of the screen.

Just double touch the home button (do not push, just tap) and the screen slides down to you and cuts in half! BRILLIANT!

When I am bored I have already found myself double tapping just to watch the apps move down, back up, down, back up...(I need a new feature to play with!)


3) Hey Siri

Now I know that most people don't like Siri and the reason for it, people think they can ask anything and she is some form of A.I. If you watch movies like Terminator, Transcendence or iRobot you would fear A.I. and be happy Siri has limits.

If you use Siri for the things she does well, the score in the game, the weather report, tells you the time, and sends email and text then you will love her and her limitations.

Now with Hey Siri, as long as she is plugged in to a charger (your computer, the wall, or a car charger) you can just say "Hey Siri" to activate her.

  • Driving in the car, just say "Hey Siri, text my wife, I am on my way" and you never have to pick up the phone.
  • Sitting on the sofa and wondering what time it is, "Hey Siri, what time is it" Of course you won't have to ask this once you have an AppleWatch.
    Hey Siri

4) Predictive Text

Here's hoping this works as well as it already seems to be working. The more you text and email the better this gets. The phone (ok, the operating system) learns what you are most likely going to say and offers the words for you.

While this is probably easier to just keep typing with the shorter words, anything over a 4 letter word (get your mind out of the gutter) is  going to save you time to select it from the list of options. 

I see a website one day not about auto correct errors but dedicated to predictive typing suggestions. This could be fun!


5) Notifications Center

The notification center is not new. It is just something most of us probably didn't use much in the past. A simple swipe down from the top of the screen and you had a glance at your calendar, your reminders and a lot of other stuff you wish wasn't there. Now the notification center can be customized easier. 

While you cannot move the Today and Tomorrow summary you can easily add and delete what you get notifications about from the button at the bottom of the screen. Add in things you want and move them around to an order that works for you.

Watch as this takes off as more and more app developers work to make this a feature for their apps to be a part of the notification center.


6) Do Not Disturb

Ok this is not new at all, at least not to the iPhone or the past few years of operating systems. It might be new to you. As I speak to people I find more and more of them have no idea of this amazing feature. 

  • Get your phone to stop beeping and vibrating when you are attempting to sleep
  • Stop having your phone distract you when you should be focused on work - unless it is a true emergency
  • Get more done by controlling your phone and not letting your phone, friends, Facebook and everything else control you!

Read more about the greatest gift from Apple, how to use Do Not Disturb. Just know that screen shots won't be the exact same. 



This is just a start and a glimpse at 6 of the great new features and we haven't even seen ApplePay, the AppleWatch or HealthKit



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John Wojtasiak
eXp Realty - Chesapeake, VA

Here's my story..... I had the iPhone 5 and went to the Samsung Galaxy Note3 just to try it out. Didn't really care for it since I have had iPhones from the beginning. My wife and I picked up the iPhone 6 on Friday and are loving it. Some of the reasons are:


- Better battery life is great. Only need to charge once per day now.

- The iPhone 6 is the perfect size for one hand operation.

- Much faster than the iPhone 5.

- Thinner and lighter than the iPhone 5.

- We got the 64GB version so we will not run out of storage.


Hope you enjoy your new iPhone 6 as much as we are!

Sep 22, 2014 10:56 PM #32
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You get what you pay for here....Amazing bit of technology and it is not going to stop anytime soon either....

Sep 23, 2014 12:22 AM #33
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Wow - all this is Greek to me, since I don't own any kind of smart phone. (That would be silly, since I work at home and there's no cell service out here.) 

I'm really kind of glad I don't have to learn to use all that. 

Sep 23, 2014 01:19 AM #34
Mercy Colberg
RE/MAX Best Choice - Sappington, MO
Colberg Team RE/MAX Best Choice Listings

Just wish I could afford a new iPhone every year like they hand out. Surprised they weren't $500+ actually. I'm sure people would still pay to have the latest and greatest from Apple.

Sep 23, 2014 01:31 AM #35
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Sounds nice and yet I will stay with my Android.  I am a dinasour.  My kids think a smart phone is wasted on me and is only my glorified solitaire companion.

Sep 23, 2014 03:46 AM #36
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Had all those features and more with the Samsung Note 3, so No iPhone for me.

Sep 23, 2014 04:46 AM #37
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Apple always seems to implement these features that have been on Android for a while a while later.  The big difference is Apple markets these changes and makes them known to its user base whereas the Android never once said a thing about slow motion video or the reachability functions when using a phone one handed.  Apple gets its marketing right that is uncontested.  

Sep 23, 2014 05:57 AM #38
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Sweet list Chad.  I'm still undecided on the 6 or the 6plus...it's not like I put it in my pocket so I'm thinking the bigger interface will be nice.

Sep 23, 2014 07:52 AM #39
Mercy Colberg
RE/MAX Best Choice - Sappington, MO
Colberg Team RE/MAX Best Choice Listings

Well, apparently with the iPhone6 bending issue (just waiting for the jokes to start, like "Bend It Like iPhone"), there's one more to add to your list. 

Wondering out of how many iPhones, this is happening to? Or am I cynical and questioning if it's Android/other users manipulating the phones on purpose to affect sales? Maybe I'm way to conspiracy theory these days. 

Sep 23, 2014 11:57 PM #40
Sunil Punjabi
San Antonio, TX

Anyone seen problems with the new phone and iOS when it comes to RE apps.  Namely Supra Key and MLS?

Sep 24, 2014 05:54 AM #41
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I got the 6 and LOVE IT. I love that is that much bigger but not too big. My number 1 tip is get a non slip case for it. I got a SPECK case and it makes the phone that much easier to handle. The plus was just too big for me, it makes a great mini ipad though. 

Sep 28, 2014 08:33 AM #42
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Chad, One of the best things I like about iOS8 is the ability to unsubscribe to a group text message.  I do NOT like seeing 30 responses to a text and this new feature enables me to step out of the replies so my phone isn't lit up with non productive messages.  

Oct 05, 2014 04:01 AM #43
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

It is a bit of a treat going back and reading some of Active Rains best archives  like this one. Should be shared again.

Mar 28, 2015 12:13 PM #44
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Chad Hyams - yep, technology is moving forward with new features - all the time. And we must use the technology to our advantage.

May 27, 2015 04:51 PM #45
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Chad Hyams  i am waiting until after the summer for the new release  - either it will be awesome or the price will come down ..I was ready to buy the IPhone 6+ and the really cute and nice salesman said I made the right decision   Congrats on your feature 

May 29, 2015 03:23 AM #46
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Chad - My wife just got the iPhone 6, so thanks for sharing these tips. I will pass them on to her.

May 29, 2015 07:03 AM #47
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

you're right that most of these things were the OS, but I love my new larger screen.  I got the 6, not the plus, but it's better on my eyes.

May 29, 2015 11:42 AM #48
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I use the Siri feature often - especially with calling someone in my contacts as well as emailing.  I email myself little notes all the time.

May 30, 2015 08:50 PM #49
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Chad, I switch from iphone 4 to the Note 4. I still have ipad and there are difference but not that many to mentions. 

May 31, 2015 10:40 AM #50
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I can not wait to get a new iphone with better features. What is better: x or 8?

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