The iPhone 6 Multi-Touch Screen

The iPhone is a very versatile piece of equipment. You can use several methods for getting around and getting things done in iPhone using its Multi-Touch screen, including the following:

  • Tap once. To open an application on the Home screen, choose a field such as a search box, choose an item in a list, use an arrow to move back or forward one screen, or follow an online link, tap the item once with your finger.

  • Tap twice. Use this method to enlarge or reduce the display of a web page or to zoom in or out in the Maps app.

  • Pinch. As an alternative to the tap-twice method, you can pinch your fingers together or move them apart on the screen when you’re looking at photos, maps, web pages, or email messages to quickly reduce or enlarge them, respectively. This method allows you to grow or contract the screen to a variety of sizes rather than a fixed size, as with the double-tap method.

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    You can use the three-finger tap to zoom your screen to be even larger or use multitasking gestures to swipe with four or five fingers. This method is handy if you have vision challenges.

  • Drag to scroll (known as swiping). When you press your finger to the screen and drag to the right or left, the screen moves. Swiping to the left on the Home screen, for example, moves you to the next Home screen. Swiping down while reading an online newspaper moves you down the page; swiping up moves you back up the page.

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  • Flick. To scroll more quickly on a page, quickly flick your finger on the screen in the direction you want to move.

  • Tap the Status bar. To move quickly to the top of a list, web page, or email message, tap the Status bar at the top of the iPhone screen.

  • Press and hold. If you’re using Notes or Mail or any other application that lets you select text, or if you’re on a web page, pressing and holding text selects a word and displays editing tools that you can use to select, cut, or copy and paste the text.

Notice that when you rock your phone backward or forward, the background moves as well, a feature called parallax. You can disable this feature if it makes you seasick. From the Home screen, tap Settings→General→Accessibility and then tap and turn off the Reduce Motion setting.

With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus come a few new ways to interact with the display. Reachability involves a double-touch on the Home button, which makes the screen slide down so that it’s closer to your thumb, making it easier to tap items onscreen with the fingers of one hand.

In addition, you can use bezel gestures, which involves sliding left to right on the glass to go backward and sliding right to left to go forward.

Try these methods now by following these steps:

  1. Tap the Safari button in the Dock at the bottom of any iPhone Home screen to display the web browser.

  2. Tap a link to move to another page.

  3. Double-tap the page to enlarge it; then pinch your fingers together on the screen to reduce its size.

  4. Drag one finger around the page to scroll.

  5. Flick your finger quickly on the page to scroll more quickly.

  6. Press and hold your finger on a word that isn’t a link (links are usually blue and take you to another location on the web).

    The word is selected, and the Copy/Define tool is displayed. (You can use this tool to get a definition of a word or copy it.)

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  7. Press and hold your finger on a link or an image.

    A menu appears with commands that you select to open the link or picture, open it in a new page, add it to your Reading List, or copy it. If you press and hold an image, the menu also offers the Save Image command. Tap Cancel to close the menu without making a selection.

  8. Position your fingers slightly apart on the screen and then pinch your fingers together to reduce the page; next, with your fingers already pinched together, place them on the screen and then move them apart to enlarge the page.

  9. Press the Home button to go back to the Home screen.