Initial Thoughts on the iPhone 6

IMG_0025I’ve had my iPhone 6 for almost a week now. Since I had my iPhone 5 a full two years, I was out of contract with Verizon and able to turn it in so that I could buy the new phone. I’m still getting used to the bigger size, but it’s a good change. After 2 years, my battery really needed replacing on my old phone, so being able to make it through the day on a charge has been awesome. Here are a few random thoughts on the difference between my 5 and 6.

Touch Sensor

I didn’t think this would be a big deal, but I love how apps can now use the Touch ID sensor for sign-in. It has already saved a ton of time in typing passwords.

Screen Size

As I mentioned earlier, it has taken a little time to get used to the bigger size. I have small hands and I am used to using a phone with one hand. The reachability feature actually works when needed, so it hasn’t been a deal-breaker. Having an extra row of icons is also helpful. As long as my eyesight is good, I want to have as much displayed on the screen as possible. You can get a good idea of my everyday workflow by looking at my apps in this picture.

Motion Tracking

Since the 6 has a motion coprocessor, it can function as a fitness tracker. It can track your activity and steps throughout the day, especially since I usually have my phone in my pocket.

Apple Pay

I’m excited about this. We will see how it works when it is officially released later this month.

Improved Camera

With a better camera and much better video, the iPhone 6 really is a great camera phone. The slow motion is really a great feature.


It’s a great phone. But what makes it great is not just the hardware, it’s how everything works together. I really need to do a post on the apps I use for ministry and the way I integrate the phone with my workflow between my Macbook Air and iPad. Since I am in ministry, I spend a large amount of time on the phone talking and checking in with my congregation. I want a phone that is easy to use and that helps me, and that’s why I love Apple products.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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