Favorite New Feature of all time!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mbhforum, Sep 16, 2017.


Whats been the 3 best features?

  1. Retina Display

    72 vote(s)
  2. TouchID

    88 vote(s)
  3. Larger 5.5" Display (Plus Size)

    45 vote(s)
  4. 3D/Force Touch

    14 vote(s)
  5. New Home Button from iPhone 7

    7 vote(s)
  6. Apple Pay

    36 vote(s)
  7. Water Resistance from iPhone 7

    21 vote(s)
  8. FaceTime

    28 vote(s)
  9. Larger 4.7" Display (Base Model)

    19 vote(s)
  10. Siri

    7 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. mbhforum macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    Since we've been down this road for ten years, I am curious to see what features you have felt were the best that Apple has implemented? Pick 3!

    I am Leaving out very early ones that would obviously be the most important such as the App Store, Copy/Paste, etc. I am also leaving out CPU and camera upgrades.

    Personally, I felt TouchID, FaceTime and the jump to a 4.7" Display have been my favorite. They are things I use every single day and all we're implemented to perfection.
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Display, TouchID, and Apply Pay. Those features have made the biggest impact for Apple, in my opinion. I really enjoy them.
  3. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    I love Apple Pay, but unfortunately it's not accepted wide spread in retail stores which to me is it's biggest gripe to no fault of Apple.
  4. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    retina display changed the iPhone IMO. i remember being wowed by how great and clear it was. hopefully with the OLED i will feel the same way. TouchID was also big and Apple Pay has been a neat feature. just wish a lot more local business would jump on board.
  5. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
  6. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    i actually didn't care for Siri. when it came out i struggled to even find reason to use it. i still find it useless to me.
  7. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    I wouldn't say it's completely useless but it's not a great feature. I use it once in awhile to add a reminder or calendar appointment. With the take off of Alexa and Google Home, in the house it's become pretty much useless. It wasn't implemented well and doesn't work as well as the others as it's too restricted.
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I would say hands-free Siri and 3D Touch. 3D Touch is underrated, but I use it quite frequently to shortcut applications and peak/pop for emails & photos.
  9. bufffilm, Sep 16, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2017

    bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    Voted one choice only -- TouchID. Since the survey doesn't allow to prioritize your picks.

    I can't imagine what life would be like if we had to enter the unlock code every time we wanted to use our phones. (I have an alphanumeric passcode.)

    And indeed...I didn't have to. My 6s with TouchID v2 was my first smartphone. :)
  10. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    The results are interesting but not shocking so far. Clearly TouchID is very popular, but second most was the Retina display. This is probably why so many people are conflicted with the iPhone X as it removes the most popular and useful feature iPhone has produced, but improved (from Retina->OLED) the display which a lot of people are craving. (With a notch in it, which contributes to the indecision of many). Results also show how many people like the Plus size and for the people like myself who have held out, the X is appealing because you get the bigger display at the same size of the 6 or 7, give or take.

    The results also show what a minor upgrade the 7 was from the 6s and why Apple was under more pressure than ever to actually produce something worthwhile this past keynote as it's been a good couple of years since there was significant popular upgrades.
  11. magpie maniac macrumors 6502

    magpie maniac

    Aug 24, 2007
    The notch. Definitely the notch. ;)

    But seriously, Touch ID, Plus display, and Apple Pay. Taptic button and water resistance would be my fourth and fifth.

    Unless things change with Tim's idea of "future of the mobile phone", the iPhone 8 Plus might be the last phone that really meets most of my requirements for the ideal mobile device. The X is a beta release.
  12. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    iCloud/iMessage/Safari synchronization across Apple device. Alas, not hardware.

    I suppose display and TouchID since I use them the most and would notice their absence the most.
  13. danmart macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2015
    Lancs, UK
    If we are talking all features ever on iPhone then multi-touch has to be #1. That revolutionised touch interfaces radically. Having used non-multi-touch devices for several years before iPhone came along it was a huge step up in intuitive interaction.
  14. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    I tried to tie these features to hardware releases such as Siri (4s), FaceTime (4), etc.....
  15. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    I am very surprised that FaceTime isn't receiving more votes. I am not sure how many people have kids on this forum, but I find since I became a father 5 years ago, I value FaceTime more.

    And wow, poor Siri.
  16. wib macrumors regular

    Nov 16, 2013
    FaceTime deserves all of my votes! I live in Japan and my family are in the UK and FaceTime is incredible (and free). I used to use Skype with my Dad but it got really bad over time and we couldn't hear each other over high-pitched noises etc. It actually led to me making him buy an iPad so we could try FaceTime instead (he's quite old and has never been able to get the hang of mobile phones). Since then, he's regularly said it's worth its weight in gold purely for FaceTime.

    Looking back to the early years when I had to go to a phone box to make long-distance calls home, and now, with FaceTime, I can't believe how lucky we are to live in a world with this technology.
  17. DanielDD macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2013
    Touch ID, 3D Touch and other... Taptic Engine
  18. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    So far the voting results also show how great the iPhone 6 was. Not only was if a new design but it brought several new popular features such as larger displays and Apple Pay. That and the iPhone 4 since that design was such an improvement over the original and brought us FaceTime and Retina Display also.
  19. Bethanie21 macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2015
    Bristol, U.K.
    TouchID, hands down. Across my devices that have it (iPhone and iPad), I've never had any issues. Also looking forward to using the new haptic home button as opposed to the physical home button on my new iPhone 8, as I'm coming from a 6S.

    For me, the water resistance will also be useful - it rains a lot here in Britain! :p
  20. bufffilm, Sep 17, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2017

    bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    Sorry, but the ip6 I consider to be a failure.

    Yes, it set sales records and saw the display size increases, but it also gave us 1gb RAM and that was woeful for the 6+ especially. Apple tried to eek out another year with only 1gb ram and it failed miserably.

    The TouchID disease which came out later further underscored why I consider the ip6 cycle to be the weakest iPhone ever.

    Apple cut corners when they decided on certain details with the ip6! And what about bendgate? Apple came out with the 7000 series aluminum the following year to address that.

    Man...people's memories are weak! Or rose-colored. :)
  21. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
    Retina display was probably the biggest "WOW" moment and made it hard to look at any other display afterwards.

    But my vote goes to touchID, because it's not just a spec increase that would have come anyway, but something no one else managed to get people to use before.

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