When Apple announced the first “Plus” iPhone in 2014, it also allowed developers to design custom landscape views for its roomier display. You could think of them as iPad-like, as the point is to create a unique view that affords more tools or a different layout besides one big wide column, like the one you get with Safari in landscape on a regular-sized iPhone.
Now that I own a 6S Plus, I’ve been exploring these views. I may not use all 411 apps on my iPhone all the time (many are for testing or just checking out what the industry is up to), but I have opened nearly every non-game to see if it did anything creative with landscape. Many of them are pretty useful, and for the first time since 2007, I find myself using my iPhone in landscape fairly often because of these landscape advantages.
I thought I’d share some of my favorites here, and note my primary criteria: once switched to landscape, the app must automatically display its additional tools or unique layout with no other taps from the user. Of course, I collected them in a gallery below. If you want to support my efforts here at Finer Things in Tech, I also listed all apps pictured. If you tap some and buy them or anything else in the App Store or iTunes Store, you can send some affiliate love my way.
- Tweetbot 4 for Twitter
- ProTube for YouTube
- Weebly – Create a Free Website, Store or Blog
- Transmit for iOS
- Microsoft Outlook
- Fantastical 2 for iPhone – Calendar and Reminders
- Deliveries: a package tracker
- Clips – Copy and paste anywhere with widget and keyboard
- AnyList – Grocery Shopping List, Recipe Manager & Meal Planning Calendar
- Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple
- Blink: Better Affiliate Links
- Facebook Messenger
– World Clock