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Get started with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Serenity Caldwell | Sept. 22, 2014
Just picked up an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Let us help you set it up, transfer data from your old phone, and get you playing with all its new features.

DOUBLE-TAP Having trouble accessing elements in the top corners of your screen? Double-tap the Home button to enable Reachability mode, which brings the top corners of the screen halfway down your device's screen for easier access. Once you make a single subsequent tap, the screen snaps back to normal mode.

Headphone Jack and Microphone

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus both have a standard 3.5mm audio jack on the bottom of their casings. Apple includes a set of white EarPods that allow you to listen to audio and speak on a call, but you can also use any pair of third-party headphones instead.

One of the iPhone's three microphones is located on the bottom left of the device. (The other two, which are designed to filter out noise, are located near the top, on the front and back.) Unless you're using an external microphone, you'll use this mic when making calls, recording voice memos, talking to Siri, and more.

Dock Connector

The iPhone uses Apple's Lightning dock connector to connect to your computer and other accessories. Unlike Apple's older 30-pin connector, it's reversible, so you can plug it into your phone in either direction. It won't work with older 30-pin third-party accessories without an adapter.


On the bottom right of the new iPhone is a small speaker that's responsible for projecting speakerphone calls, music, movies, game noises, and any other miscellaneous noise. Because your device has just one speaker, it plays all audio in mono (on a single channel).

Back Camera and LED Flash

On the back of the iPhone is the second of two cameras, as well as an LED flash.

The iPhone sports an extended sapphire lens cover for sharper images; internally, an 8-megapixel CMOS backside illumination sensor allows you to snap pictures at a 3264-by-2448-pixel resolution. (In real-world terms, that would translate to a high-quality 8-by-10-inch glossy print.) An attached hybrid IR filter provides better color accuracy, while the f/2.2 aperture offers improved low-light performance; the TrueTone dual-LED flash also allows for warmer pictures when using a flash. The iPhone 6 Plus also includes optical image stabilization within its lens to reduce shake in photographs and video.

The iPhone's back camera captures 1080p high-definition video at up to 60 frames per second, with real-time video image stabilization, temporal noise reduction, and a 3x digital zoom, along with Apple's new Focus Pixels technology to help automatically keep your video in focus. You can also shoot 1080p slow-motion video at up to 240 frames per second.

Ring/Silent Switch

The Ring/Silent switch — found on the left side of the device — does pretty much what you'd suspect: Flick it backward to silence the phone, forward to activate the ringer. When you switch to Silent mode, you reveal a small orange stripe on the switch, and your device vibrates. Silent mode silences only rings and alerts, however; you can still play music and game sounds through the speaker.


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