Do you keep your iPhone 6s face down on its screen or on its back?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Hieveryone, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    Given I use a screen protector and no case, I keep mine face down on the screen.

    I have a glass screen protector so it's pretty durable.

    I am at greater risk of scratching the camera lens or iPhone itself given I use no case.
  2. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014
    I keep mine on its back in case I get a notification while my phone is on silent.

    I also have a tempered glass screen protector + Diztronic TPU case (which fully protects the back/camera as well as has a 1mm lip on the front side of the phone so the screen never touches anything).
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Always face down where it is safe from harm. My Sedio Surface case keeps it perfectly elevated to protect the naked screen. Hate screen protectors.
  4. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    On its side, propped up by a hairbrush and some marshmallows.
  5. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    On it's back during work hours. That way I can see the notif's float in during a meeting or as I am working.
  6. eyoungren, Nov 2, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2015

    eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Generally - on it's side. I put it in a business card holder at work and at home. It angles the screen so I can see notifications.

    But if I am out somewhere, on it's back. I'd rather have the back scratched up instead of the screen. I don't use cases.

    My wife places it face down though. Says she wants to protect the screen, but I don't see the logic in that if you place your phone screen down on a potentially abrasive surface.

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  7. gvmelbrty, Nov 2, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2015
  8. GaryNoine macrumors member


    Jul 28, 2015
  9. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Why would it need the motion sensor for that vs. simply using the proximity sensor, for example?
  10. gvmelbrty macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2006
    "The facedown detection feature makes use of Apple’s motion coprocessor. The M-series motion coprocessor was first introduced with the iPhone 5s, so it is not available in the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S. The coprocessor collects sensor data from integrated accelerometers, gyroscopes and compasses and offload the collecting and processing of sensor data from the main central processing unit (CPU).

    "While iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s come with ambient light and proximity sensors, so could potentially support this feature, it wouldn’t have been efficient to use CPU cycles for it due to the lack of the motion coprocessor. The process of collecting the data using the main CPU would have drained battery, and would have defeated the purpose of the feature, which is to save battery life."
  11. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Camera lens is sapphire. It's not scratching.

    With that said. I always keep my screen facing up.
  12. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

    Aug 12, 2014
    When I'm at a meeting, my 6S Plus is always placed face down. All of my thin style cases have a lip to protect the screen when it's face down. At home, though, I always keep it face up.
  13. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    Yes, a glowing notification LED would be brilliant. Green for a missed call, yellow for a missed SMS, blue for a missed email and maybe orange for a missed calendar/reminder alert etc. It is a bit daft having to unlock your phone periodically to check on the offchance. It isn't a very smart system.
  14. Laurie65 macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2015
    In front of my computer
    Sometimes my 5s is on its back and some times face down. I have it in an Otter Box which protects it from just about everything.
  15. 9fiftyfive macrumors member


    Oct 26, 2015
    I usually keep mine face up so I can check the time and/or notifications.
  16. cbrand493 macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2015
    Perth, Australia
    Face up. I have one of the apple silicon cases on the 6s which protects the back and camera.

    Agree about the notification LED however the problem with that is it directly copies some android devices.
  17. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    And those "copied" BlackBerry phones and so on. Doesn't really seem it's a problem, just something that doesn't fit Apple's design aesthetic (so far).
  18. FatPuppy macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    I always keep my phone faced down so that I can see the LED flash alerts.
  19. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008
  20. IphoneIssues macrumors 65816

    Dec 30, 2010
    Usually face up, so I can see the notifications. I've got a glass screenshot protector and a case.
  21. Dydegu macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2015
    I have an Otterbox and a screen protector (I tend to drop my phone often) on my 6+. If I'm at a restaurant or something with other people around, it's mostly face down. In case someone drops or spills something, I'd rather the back get hit. At work or around the house, it's mostly face up so I can see notifications. I've actually been removing the Otterbox while at home; the phone is more fun to use without the case.

    It's funny because with the 5s, I had it in my pocket most of the time, but the new size isn't as comfortable in my pocket.
  22. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    On my desks at home and work, I've got a soft surface set up for my phone, and it lays face up. This has been the case even before the protruding lens; I'm just obsessive like that.

    At a meeting our out and about, I'll find a stack of papers or something else soft to lay it on if I can. If not, it goes face down, as there's a screen protector on it.

    I think, after the past three years of you berating Apple's designers over this, and cutting and pasting the same complaints into every thread it might be relevant, it's fairly safe to conclude at this point that Apple's just not going to go in this direction. Even threatening to get a different phone isn't going to change this (how DID that Note 3 turn out for you, by the way?).

    Anyone taking a look at Apple's design evolution over the past several years would come to the conclusion that LED indicator lights and similar baubles just isn't Jony Ive's thing. Status lights disappeared from the iMac, then the MacBook/Air/Pro lines, and even the Mac Pro. We can lambast Apple for this and argue the wisdom of such decisions, but like it or not, I think the message here is pretty clear: they just don't like singular-function status LEDs, even if they're "highly configurable."

    And yes, while you may feel that buying a Watch is not an acceptable compromise, that is exactly what Apple would want people to do if they crave notifications without actually interacting with their phone. A BIG part of the Watch's whole existence is notifications from your phone... so that's yet another pretty strong message

    I also think it's safe to say, given the amount of time you've invested in complaining about this here, that Apple probably isn't listening on this forum. I trust you've given Apple feedback directly about this, at least as often you've done it here?
  23. Gix1k macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2008
  24. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    Screen face up all the time. Why take a chance its not on something sharp and microscopic

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