What's on Rene's iPhone 6 Plus right now!

Apple has just finished their yearly iPhone update, so it's time for those of us here at iMore to update what we're using on our iPhones. I'm going to kick off this round with my iPhone 6 Plus because, of the new devices, it's newest.

As any long-time reader knows, I keep all my iOS device Home screens as default as default can be. I switch devices, slap on betas, restore phones, and otherwise change state so much it's too much work to keep them any other way. And, of course, it makes photos for iMore articles look familiar to everyone. So, instead of just covering what's on my iPhone 6 Plus Home screen, I'm going to cover my first two Home screens.

Note: I didn't restore from backup. I set up my iPhone 6 Plus as new and have only been downloading apps as I've needed them (or needed to write about them). So, this really is what I've been using specifically on the iPhone 6 Plus without any historical baggage.

iPhone 6 Plus Home screens

  • Wallpaper: Stock, of course!
  • Tweetbot: I use Twitter a lot. It's my connection to the larger tech community. When I'm on the go, I need to be able to read quickly and reply fast. It's pure triage. And Tweetbot makes that easy.
  • Extras: Apple puts an Extras folder on the iPhone to show you what folders are an how they work. It contains some of the less frequently used Apple apps. So I add to it. Find my iPhone (opens in new tab) goes in here, as does Apple's Remote (opens in new tab) app, Airport Utility (opens in new tab), and Apple Store (opens in new tab).
  • iWork: Here's where I keep Keynote, Pages, Numbers, iMovie, and GarageBand.
  • Social: Here's where I hide the official Twitter (opens in new tab) app, and Facebook Messenger (opens in new tab) (which I only ever access via notification), and where I keep Twitterrific which I use to read Twitter like a book, and Glassboard (opens in new tab) where a lot of beta discussion goes on.
  • Home: I'm still waiting for Apple's new HomeKit to really roll out, but for now here's my Philips Hue (opens in new tab) lightbulb and Sonos (opens in new tab) speaker control apps.
  • Entertainment: I usually have this folder on my iPad, not iPhone, but the iPhone 6 Plus is big enough I've been using it for video with the excellent Netflix app, and still-need-lots-of-love CTV GO and Global Go apps, which are the Canadian networks.
  • Vesper: Notes. Tags. Thoughts. Collected.
  • Fantastical: Replaces both Calendar and Reminders for me.
  • Dropbox: My home directory pretty much lives in Dropbox and this app lets me access pretty much any file, pretty much anywhere.
  • Photography: The iPhone may be the best camera I have with me, but it's the apps that make it into the best darkroom and studio as well. Here's I have Camera+ (opens in new tab) for manual controls, Hyperlapse (opens in new tab) for super-stable super-speed, VSCOcam for great filters, Afterlight (opens in new tab) for great post-processing, and Storehouse to make great visual stories out of the very best ones.
  • 1Password: Now with Touch ID support and an action extension that works in Safari and any App Store app with a Share Sheet, it's not only as useful as the desktop version, it's even better.
  • Facebook: Because, Facebook.
  • Instagram: Little low-res picture squares aren't great, but the mobile photography community there is terrific.
  • Slack (opens in new tab): We switched over to Slack for our virtual office a few months ago and never looked back. This is how Mobile Nations and iMore work.
  • Overcast: I've saved 7 hours on Guy English alone, thanks to smart speed.
  • Screens: I used to use Screens more on iPad than on iPhone, but once again the bigger 5.5-inch display has transformed it from a when-I-have-to to a whenever-I-want-to app on iPhone for me as well.
  • iMore (opens in new tab): D'uh.
  • Editorial: I live in BBEdit and Markdown on the Mac. In iOS, it's Editorial.

I have more apps on the third and fourth Home screens, including PCalc, which has been "demoted" only because the Today widget is so phenomenal I barely need to go to the app anymore, as well as Testflight new and old, HockeyApp, Uber and Tripit (which get moved up when I travel), Starbucks (opens in new tab), Air Canada, and the other apps that feed Passbook, SwiftKey and other custom keyboard apps, Launch Center Pro, Drafts (opens in new tab), TextExpander (opens in new tab), Apple's WWDC (opens in new tab) app, and many more.

Biggest realization: Since I got the iPhone 6 Plus over 2 weeks ago, I haven't needed to download a single Google app. We use Google for Mobile Nations, but Gmail via Exchange is working great. Google Maps stopped announcing exit numbers, and has been getting complex Montreal street names wrong, so it's become near-useless for more. Apple's Maps has been fine, YouTube on the web is no more annoying that YouTube in the app, Hangouts was such a battery drain on my iPhone 5s, I've left it off my iPhone 6 Plus and just use it on my Mac, Snapseed hasn't been updated in a long time, Safari has always been way better than Chrome on iOS. I'll likely need to download Drive or the Docs apps at some point, but the browser transition has been so needlessly confusing I've been sticking to Dropbox lately. I guess time will tell.

We're going to be having everyone here at iMore update their "What's on my iPhone" posts over the next few weeks, so be sure to check them all out. And if you have any questions on my apps, or any suggestions you think would work better, let me know!

Rene Ritchie
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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.

137 Comments
  • Haven't touched Apple Maps since I've installed Google Maps. Might give it another chance.
  • Google Maps stopped saying the number of the exit, and got the names wrong so often, it basically became useless to me. Hoping they revert that change.
  • Lol you just need reasons to crap on Google don't you? All apple apps are awesome but google maps sucks? OK. Sent from the iMore App
  • No, I would prefer to use Google Maps because the sloppy search is still better and you need that in Montreal due to the eccentricity of place names. But if I can't tell what exit to use on a highway, that's a deal breaker. I really hope Google goes back to giving the exit number.
  • I prefer apple maps navigation. It's a lot better than google maps. But finding a place on apple maps is a pain. If you don't know the exact address you're going to you're pretty much screwed and Google maps does that. Sent from the iMore App
  • Gmaps gives me exit numbers, but maybe it's a USA thing. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • It used to in Montreal but it seems to have stopped.
  • I actually prefer to use Apple apps whenever possible because they tend to have a little more access to the system software. Apple Maps is much better running in the background from the lock screen. I even use the podcasts app because the skip forward and backward 15 seconds appears on the lock screen with the controls.
    With that said, calendars is unusable and Fantasical beats it down handily. Sent from the iMore App
  • Ever try Waze? I'm gonna give it a shot this week. Sent from the iMore App
  • Waze>Google Maps>Apple maps Sent from the iMore App
  • For me Apple's map search simply gives you the wrong data. Apple's using Yelp addresses and informations so if it's wrong on yelp it's likely a wrong address in apple. Like I once searched for Walmart in Apple maps. The results came up and I drove to it. Came to find out it was a Sam's Club. Came to find out that on yelp it's incorrectly listed as a Walmart because walmart owns Sam's club. I've noticed the same with some other things too. So Google is more my go to because the search info results are more accurate. But the real big one was a trip to the DMV. i got up early, drove to the DMV, 1 and 1/2 hour wait and a line out the door and around the corner. So i search apple maps for DMV, Closest result i got was about almost 45 minutes away. I searched dmv on google and another DMV came up 10 minutes away. I then opened the dmv website and surely google was right and Apple maps simply didn't have the closer one listed. Also right after apple maps was released there was a post on imore about how to submit errors and wrong addresses. I remember earlier this year my one submission still hadn't been corrected. In fact that's how i realized they were using yelp info. Because the totally incorrect address was listed on yelp.
  • Please stop it!
  • I have found myself in a similar situation. I live in Mexico and Apple Maps are much more accurate. I think many use Google Maps because of their historic superiority, but I am not sure that reasoning still stands. I do have Google + and YouTube as my only Google Apps, they are irreplaceable. Contacts, Calendar and Mail sync fine through exchange and Hangouts as you mentioned is a higher battery drain. I noticed with with the battery shaming in iOS 8.
  • I think it depends where you live. I'm in LA and i find Apple maps simply can't keep up with the changing businesses and street addresses. Plus street view is a killer app feature.
  • True... It all depends on where you are indeed. Though, I use Apple Maps more frequently, I have Google Maps installed, I am not brave enough to depend solely on either.
  • I find Apple maps nicer to use then Google maps now, and they've added some improvements in IOS8. They still do lack street view and Googles data is more up to date though.
  • They just work better on iOS for navigation. Sent from the iMore App
  • Uh, no. Google maps is perfectly fine even on iOS.
  • I have been genuinely impressed with Apple Maps the last few times I used it. More importantly, it's actually optimized for the 6 Plus' screen. Google really needs to update their apps for the new iPhones, as do a lot of other devs. Really tired of blurry fonts and pixelated graphics and other weirdness.
  • Although devs need to update their apps because they are blury in the larger screens, you can ultimately blame apple for that issue since they have never allowed to scale appropriately without pixelation like they do on android. Apple really should have been smarter with ios moving forward with the screen size changes so this wouldn't happen. There are going to be some devs out there that won't update their apps at all or for a while.
  • Pixilated pics and text must be your phone... It looks perfect on my big phones. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • So what's it like being legally blind and/or in denial? Or maybe you only use the apps that came preinstalled on your phone.
  • I don't know... How is denial in your world? Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • You're literally the only person to claim that all apps look perfectly fine on the 6 Plus with no fuzzy fonts, soft and pixelated graphics, etc. There have been numerous articles and reviews calling this out. So you tell me. Do you have some magical version of an iPhone that upscales every single app perfectly, regardless of whether it is coded for it, or are you simply not using any third party apps? Seriously, give it up before you make yourself look even more foolish. You can be the hugest iOS fanboy and you still have to acknowledge that apps need to be updated for the new resolutions.
  • They look perfectly fine on my big ANDROID phones. Get it? The problem isn't a Google problem, it is an Apple scaling problem. That's one reason I'm hesitating on buying an iPhone. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • You never said you had an Android phone. Android has had higher resolution screens for much longer and Android allows for more dynamic scaling, so of course there's no issue. But back when lower resolution screens were the norm, Android had this issue too. You could have just said you were trolling and saved me the trouble.
  • I'm not trolling. You seem to be though. You just can't accept that the issue might not be a developer issue, but a company that acts like everyone needs to cater to every "new" thing they think they come up with. I almost see what turns off a lot of people to Apple, but in reality it's people like you who cause the animosity. It shouldn't matter what phone I have when virtually every phone but Apple has no problem with displaying Google maps. It doesn't seem like many apple apps are prominently used, so what is the allure of Apple? Most iPhones have the full Google armada of apps loaded and in use. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I'm trolling? Cool story, bro. Stating the obvious is apparently trolling. You're the happy Android user posting on an iPhone site, attempting to flaunt the superiority of your platform. I currently own 3 Android phones and an Android tablet. I never said Apple wasn't to blame, but it's still the responsibility of the devs to update their apps if they want to remain relevant. You thought you were all sly, making the bold statement that apps on your pho