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Hey Matt Bonner, here's how to use an iPhone 6!

How to enable Reachability for one-handed use of your iPhone
How to enable Reachability for one-handed use of your iPhone

Matt Bonner plays for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. He's got a career average of 41.3% on 3-pointers but last season he only managed 36.5%. That's apparently due to an elbow injury—inflammation of the tendons, which is commonly referred to as "tennis elbow". The cause could be postural misalignment or unilateral motion that hasn't been identified or balanced, but Bonner seems to have something else he wants to blame—his iPhone. No, that wasn't a typo. Here's what Bonner told Tim O'Sullivan of the Concord Monitor:

"Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here's my theory on how I got it," he said. "When the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one, and I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that's how I ended up developing it."

More silly than hilarious, as almost anyone reading it would take it as either the worst excuse ever or as a passingly funny joke. Unfortunately, when pro athletes say something, even in jest, some people believe it, and those who might otherwise benefit from an iPhone, including it's accessibility features, are instead subject to fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

Take for example, Rolling Store. World-renowned gadget comedians that they are, they re-blogged the zinger and quipped, "Maybe it's time he got a Galaxy?"

At 6'10" tall, it's hard to imagine Bonner's fingers would have to stretch much, even to wrap themselves several times around a full-sized iPad. (See, that's how you drop gadget jokes!)

Better advice for Bonner would be to get himself to a top-notch physiotherapist who can identify whatever issues are causing the inflammation and give him specific exercises to clear them out. That's what anyone who cares about him or his career would do.

That and point him to iMore where he could not only find out how to use an iPhone 6 Plus one-handed, but be correctly informed that even a Galaxy mini is—wait for it—bigger than an iPhone.

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

43 Comments
  • The fanboy is strong in this post... Posted from the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, or Surface Pro 3
  • Yet here you are, a non Apple fan taking time out of your day to comment on an Apple-centric site, on your non Apple device. I feel the fanboy is even stronger with you. ;-) Posted from a POS Windows machine at work, missing my Mac at home.
  • He isn't allowed to comment or read an apple article on an apple centric blog? Don't be silly. There is nothing fanboyish about a differing opinion
  • But here was not much in his comment Sent from the iMore App
  • There's not much to read on Android Central for him to be here. Sent from the iMore App
  • Well personally I have never been a fan of IPhone either... But now finding out that Blackberry is now in the "Android" category. Unlike before, I really think that the Blackberry may have a big "Come Back" as they already have a big fan base, and a lot that subscribe to their services. You either hate them, or love them. I had the Blackberry Storm 2, and they said you could not set it up with your WIFI... Well, I sure did! Only using my Bluetooth to do so. And they said that was one of the only downfalls compared to the IPhone 3 back then, but Blackberry won out in the end, of being the overall best phone of that year. And back then, it ran off of Microsoft (Windows) but I surely did say! Never Again! The only really awsome thing about the Blackberry back then was their very high resolution pics you could count on always getting with a flash that would only go off when needed, also back then, the only phone that actually would reset itself, in order to completely zoom in and it would all clear by itself to get the very best picture and pixels with a very close and perfect shot. For instance, it would even capture the colors in a fire opal, which was really hard to do with any other phone back then. And still today, the Blackberry takes the very best of pictures. No one can even doubt that. And now that it's an Android, even better! I renew in September... I have a month to decide if I want to keep it or exchange it for something else. I had my eye on the Samsung Galaxy 6 for so long, but now looking at what they have done with the new and I mean ALL NEW Blackberry, I just may try it again. Check it out for yourself! Blackberry 30 or Passport -vs- IPhone 6, and you will see, that the newer Blackberry's will sure rank up in more features and other things (battery life, pictures, pixels, videos, apps, music ect...) I think I only saw the IPhone as winning only in one of them. Over all, the new Blackberry's all were winners in all of those great options, and automatic features. I'm only just saying what I was surprised by completely! I have nothing at all against IPhone at all! The only thing that I had an issue with was when I dropped it (even with a great cover! And expensive as I wanted it to be protected!) It broke anyway really, really bad!! And the thing is, I was only 3 months away from a upgrade, the insurance expired after 6 months of use. I was not going to pay that astounding rate to keep on covering that phone that was already draining in battery life anyway. And that is another HUGE down fall to the IPhone too. Since I have had another Android. No issues at all with the screen being broken, even though I have dropped it and hit it more than I like to admit :/ . And that battery will last a long time. Only texting really drains it. And I'm not huge on texting anyway on my phone either!! Short texts are fine, but after a few, pick up the phone and talk I say! There is already enough communication breakdown as it is, and it sure isn't doing anyone any favors at all! I actually take totally "Unplugged!" Holidays twice a month for 3 days straight with the whole family. And YES! I still have a land line if anyone want to talk to me, my husband or the kids. They just need to do it the old fashioned way, like I grew up with. And I tell you when we are "Unplugged" we are so much less moody! We actually look forward to going to the beach of this very, very clean spring fed inland lake here. While the weather permits up here in the state of the real Dairy. (there is so much more that! People just have no clue, until they come and visit and see what all we have here to do!) And we also love to go camping, fishing, and hiking. And most of all, seeing all of nature that you really take for granted, and here's me and Daughter just having one of our talks... She said to me "Momma, thank you so much! In the past 8 months or so I never even though about what I missing! And you did these great things all of the time growing up with your family. Me and Eric always seem to be fighting all of time, but when we are out here exploring things, we do it together and never ever fight about anything! And Mom, with as busy as you are every single day, you are so much more relaxed without being all plugged in, and your phone always ringing! Hey, let's go and rent a paddle boat Mom, just you and I! That would be so fun for an hour! Please!!!" And here I'm thinking and it almost brought tears to my eyes, that she was realizing the actual truth of which she was so, so darn mad at me when I made this rule. She wouldn't talk to me at all the day before and the day we did "unplug" ourselves for that unplugged holiday twice a month. But now (even though it took her a good 3 months, maybe a little less, lol!) Now she just totally gets it completely, and being that teenager I really didn't think she would. But now she really isn't on her phone all of the time. She actually limits herself now. As for my Son, well, he's a bit older and is into a lot sports and keeps himself rather busy. The only thing is that he really monopolizes the land line, talking to his girl friend all of the time!! But we don't stay home, and she actually comes with us on occasion as well. Their really cute, and I think they are getting to each other on a whole new level, like I did when I senior in High School myself. Hopefully this way they will be able to see if this whole relationship that has been going on for 2 years already, will withstand him going into the U.S. Marines. And I know how hard that will be on us as parents. Especially me! My Husband was in the Army, so he is all for it. But for me it's sort of bitter sweet. I will miss him so much! And he WILL be totally unplugged completely, with only a calling card to call home and his girl friend for California. So all in all, it's not really the type of phone you have at all! It's the reasons for using it, or not using it. what ever you choose, or choose to do with it, is all in your hands in the end. And what is the most important thing of all of this. Being attached to your phone constantly (and by the way, that drives me nuts when you are with a group of people and half of them are looking down at their phones and doing who knows what???) I have never nor will ever be that person. You go to meet people and it suppose to be to catch up, socialize with them ect... Not having to call out their name 3 times to get their attention! All of sudden looking up at you and saying "What?" I'm sorry, I lost ya there. Well duh! If you weren't playing "Candy Crush" or actually stalking someones profile, or having an actual one on one chat conversation with someone else that wasn't even at this gathering that someone took all of the time and money to not only cook up a storm, go shopping, set everything up so everyone would have a nice and comfortable place to sit and eat. Plus extras like decorations and oh... making all sorts of flavored ice cubes from Kool Aid in every color of the rainbow, for fancy drinks to make. When I got there, I told my friend Lisa (the one that put all of this together!) She did enough! I would be the bartender, just making sure no one got too drunk. And if they happened to help themselves anyway when I didn't know about it. There was a designated driver there. Thankfully! Actually 2 showed up! One going back to Milwaukee, and one that was staying to city we were already in. I know I have said a lot in this comment here. But I hope I at least inspire one person!! Only if I did with one, that would still make a difference to me, and soon make a huge difference to them as well. This is to them... I promise you, you will feel so much better! Less stress, less moody, sleep a lot better. Get things done that have gone "Undone" for a long, long time. And you feel so good about yourself again! Your self asteem will really recharge all by itself. You will notice your eyes will be less blurry, and less circles under the eyes! It's just amazing what going on a "Unplugged Holiday" from Friday Morning to Monday Morning twice a month will do for you! I promise too that it will get easier as the time goes by too. By your 3rd month, you will be telling yourself "Why oh why didn't I do this a long, long time ago!" Lol! I thing we get this addiction to social media, wondering what everyone is up to and it's always really all the same thing! You are NOT missing much at all! Take the chance! Do it for yourself and your family. Good luck and hang in there!! You can do this!! :o)
  • Well said. Not even sure why Rene released an Android app, to be honest. Just creates more opportunities for trolls.
  • Touché, JR16!
  • Love nexus eh lol Sent from the iMore App
  • Boy you guys could go from zero to butthurt in one comment. Cheers. Posted from the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, or Surface Pro 3
  • But truth be told its an idiotic comment.
    That same logic could be applied to any phone
    In that case it was absolutely stupid whoever this guy is
    Their is no butthurt here except for you who responded again Posted via the iMore App on my iPad Air or iPod Touch 5
  • He was holding it wrong. HEHEHE
  • Being a pro athlete he should be embarrassed. Blaming a phone on giving you tennis elbow. Sent from the iMore App
  • Galaxy mini bigger than iPhone 6+? Uh no lol Sent from the iMore App
  • Bigger than iPhone 6.
  • But the article is about the 6+ Also, the 6+ is about the same height as the Note 4, yet has a smaller screen, and not much smaller than a 1520, which has a much larger screen. Point being, the bezels are too damn big. Sloths fight leopards. You can't open a bag of chips. Clearly humans are the weaker species.
  • The article is about both. He just said "new iPhone". And either way, iPhone 6 is still smaller than iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 mini, so it makes zero sense as any other than a punchline.
  • Yeah but the 6 isn't "way bigger" than the 5s. Not to mention he is an NBA player, pretty sure he was talking about the 6+. Sent from the iMore App
  • S6 mini has a screen size of 4.6 vs ip6 at 4.7 Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • The galaxy S6 Mini was never announced and doesn't exist (yet). Even so, rumors say that it could be 4.8 inches or 4.6 inches. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S5 mini is 5.5 inches and smaller than the iPhone 6 in every dimension except thickness. Not that I disagree on what you're trying to say, Rene (although I do think that the fact that you wrote this in the first place is ridiculous, since the claim was so stupid and unsupported in the first place that I seriously doubt that anyone would believe him). I just wish that you'd fact check more.
  • But that's obvious since those devices have bigger displays.
    The iPhone 6 is larger than my now deceased Nexus 5 yet it has a 4.7 vs 5 inch display. Both devices 6 and Plus have huge bezels Posted via the iMore App on my iPad Air or iPod Touch 5
  • Not hilarious at all. A lot of people get something called text-claw. Just do a search for "iphone wrist pain/cramp". It's a serious problem, and often evolves to something worse (tendonitis, for example) if not taken care of. Some people jokingly call it the the mobile version of carpal tunnel syndrome. Hand size has nothing to do with it. It's often how you move your thumb relative to your palm.
  • That only happens on Galaxy devices... never on an iPhone.
  • But iPhones are larger now. Sloths fight leopards. You can't open a bag of chips. Clearly humans are the weaker species.
  • We actually did a podcast about "the claw" a few years ago: http://www.imore.com/superfunctional-3-keyboard-claw
  • I know people laugh at this but I too have been injured from smart phone use. I currently have a brace on my thumb to help with a repetitive stress injury from typing and scrolling. It's not my first time having to do this although the last time was with my pointer finger and it was a much more significant injury. I understand what article is trying to say and I don't have an elbow injury but the solution mentioned won't necessarily keep you from having an injury from smartphone use. I currently have a 5s and my first injury was with a Pre so it can happen with smaller screens. Sent from the iMore App
  • So why aren’t you suing somebody?
  • Then he should go back to using an iPhone 5s. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • You have to wonder if this were about an Android phone would the title be "Reason to switch to an iPhone #48361". The Rolling Stone article title sounds just like some of the switch articles here. Some of which had just as silly reasons as Bonners
  • "I broke my toe, obviously I dropped my Galaxy Note on it! I'm switching to an iPhone!"
  • Hahaha. Sent from the iMore App
  • LMAO! Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Come on Bonner!!!! You have these big meaty claws that can reach around iPhone 6 with no issues. Im sure its caused by the repetitive motion of shooting baskets you doink. Go back to android hack
  • Undoubtedly Bonner can dangle a basketball one handed without breaking a sweat. Pro athletes who handle balls are remarkably adept at hanging onto their ball of choice, or they'd need a different profession. My point is that wrapping a 6+ in one's paw shouldn't be that difficult for someone with really big hands.
  • I didn't know Rene was qualified to make these observations.
  • Matt Bonner is joking and I can see a lot of people here need to get a sense of humor. I am from San Antonio where he has played his last 9 years in the NBA and he is very smart and always making great jokes. He is unique and likes it that way. Even though he is paid millions, when he played in Toronto, he rode mass transit. In San Antonio, he drives old cars. He runs a sandwich blog in San Antonio as he is on the quest for the perfect sandwich. He is into music and is involved w/that. He is much more multidimensional than many people seem to be here. Even athletes can joke and it doesn't matter if everyone gets it. He is a free agent this year, but we hope he comes back for his 10th season as a Spur.
  • If this added context is true I certainly appreciate his humor. Sent from the iMore App
  • I'd hope his hands are big enough to hold an iPhone 6+. He'd have a hard time shooting a basketball if he has tiny hands. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Do you need a post for this? Is there nothing more interesting to write about? And yah, as usual. Blame it on the user right? Posted from my Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Guess bigger is not always better. Lol!!!! Sent from the iMore App
  • I still cant believe many of you had a 4" phone just last year LOL
  • Cmon Rene ... Someone published a click bait article and you write an article arguing against it. Are you going to write a new article for every Apple criticizing or click bait article on the net? Sent from the iMore App
  • To me, it felt more like he was lightening up his response to a question that somebody asked about his season's performance, it felt more like an endorsement FOR the iphone 6+ (the fact that he chose to use it that much over any other phones that he could've gotten his hand on ;).