In recent years, Apple has started following trends instead of popularizing them. There’s nothing wrong with that, but what’s wrong is it’s done nothing to fix the weaknesses of the designs they’re adopting. For instance, like Samsung and other smartphone makers Apple hasn’t come up with a good way to make its large phones easier to use with one hand. Who would have thought that a screen protector could help with the problem? Yet that’s what the Halo Back does.
Halo Back’s contribution is small but could still be useful to a lot of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners. It has a transparent capacitive touch sensor at its lower left corner, just to the left of where the Home button is. That sensor is connected via a thin layer of circuitry to the upper left corner of the iPhone screen, i.e. where the virtual back button is often found in iOS apps. The result is an easy-to-access (and Android-like) back button.
Like other screen protectors, Halo Back does protect your screen from scratches. It appears to be a bit thicker than other screen protectors, though.
Pledge at least $14 (USD) on Kickstarter to receive a Halo Back screen protector as a reward. It’s not the ultimate fix for large smartphones – and what would be? Eye tracking? Slide-in sidebars? Moving all buttons to the bottom? – but I like it more than Apple’s Reachability.