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How to make the most of Apple’s iOS for Business

How to make the most of Apple’s iOS for Business

Siri

Apple’s Siri is a fantastic tool for boosting productivity and staying organised throughout your entire day. From grabbing a coffee pick me up on the way to your next meeting “Find coffee near me”, to logging your expenses “Note £2.55 was spent on coffee”, to ensuring your client is still on schedule “Any new emails from Richard today?”, Siri adds ease and efficiency to everyday tasks with minimal effort from you as a user.

How do I use Siri?

FaceTime

With Apple’s FaceTime feature, your business can save on expenses and time travelling to and from clients – while still providing a personal interaction. Better yet, removing the time taken to travel allows you to communicate with your customer as quickly as possible, improving your customer service and their satisfaction. While the ability to switch smoothly to and from front and rear facing camera views, allows you to show the other party something onsite – whether that be a sales demonstration or guide on how to fix a support issue. Overall, Apple’s FaceTime provides a low-cost solution for collaborating with both your co-workers and your customers, while still providing a more connected experience than email and audio calls – that can’t offer the same level of expression.

How do I use FaceTime?

Tip: Use a powered speaker to pump up the audio on your Apple iPad for a low-cost, portable conferencing solution. For smaller office use, the Apple standard earphones with built-in mic allow for an easy video conference with another user.

Built-in Applications

Apple devices are built with everything you need to get started and stay productive – right from the box. With built-in apps such as Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Notes, Pages, Numbers and Keynote included in every device – iOS offers a powerful platform for content creation.

The Apple App Store

Apple’s operating system is designed with advanced security technologies that provide end-to-end control of apps. Allowing you to purchase apps in volume and easily distribute apps throughout your entire organisation, with full trust that all apps are reviewed by Apple and thus will operate as described – safely and securely.

See 7 of the best (free!) Apple iPhone apps for small businesses

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Which operating system is best for business?

Which operating system is best for business?

Your OS guide:

With so many models on the market, choosing the right smartphone for your employees can prove a difficult, and somewhat overwhelming task. To narrow down the choice, we recommend firstly finding out which operating system is best for your business.

Apple

Apple’s iPhone’s run on iOS, the mobile operating system developed specifically by Apple. The Apple iOS is known to be a very ‘closed’ operating system. For example, if an app is developed and Apple doesn’t like it, it won’t be getting onto the iPhone. In principle, this makes the Apple operating system one of the most secure, and thus beneficial to your business’s mobile security. However the high level of control in the Apple environment can also mean a lack of freedom, as the operating system locks you into the Apple world – from iTunes for your music to iCloud for your back-ups. The Apple devices also come at a premium price, however those running iOS 5 or later carry the benefit of ‘iMessages’, a way to message between iPhones without any SMS charge, giving your business a cost-effective way to communicate.

Apple iOS, Which operating system is best for business

Android

Android comes from the search engine giant Google. Unlike Apple, Google has allowed many phone companies to license it’s operating system, so you’ll find the Android OS in brands such as HTC, Samsung and Sony, amongst many others. This carries both a benefit and a weakness – the openness has meant that many of the large phone companies have tweaked the basic system, so you may experience a slightly different version dependent on the brand you choose. The openness has also heightened the level of competition. With so many android phones to compete against one another, most android models will come at a cheaper price tag than the Apple devices, or pack some stand-out features such as the waterproof Sony Xperia Z1, ideal for a plumbing company, or the big and beautiful screens from Samsung, great for those in creative industries. The android home-screens are typically made up of app icons and widgets that automatically update – highly useful for your business calender and emails.  The home-screens are also often made up of several pages allowing the user to fully customise the applications they prioritise for quick access on the go.

Google Android OS, Which operating system is best for business

Blackberry

Although Blackberry hasn’t been in the limelight recently, it’s models are extremely useful for business users. For example, features include ‘work-life balance’. Work-life balance lets you securely separate any of your work content from your personal content, almost giving you two devices in one and removing worry for your IT department and your private employees. The BB devices also provide their own email and messaging infrastructure – removing another pressure from your business. Beyond nifty features, the Blackberry models carry security and reliability as their biggest selling points – which quite rightly is crucial for business. However, the Blackberry apps are lacking in variety, and when compared to the app stores in Android and Apple models, there isn’t much competition.

Blackberry OS, Which operating system is best for business

Windows Phone

Finally, we have the Windows operating system from Microsoft. Windows 8 offers a personal experience. For example, the ‘live tiles’ feature lets you customise your home screen, pinning the apps you choose to Start. You can even set the size for each app, making it twice the width of a standard tile, or a tiny quarter-size tile – useful for example if you wanted to see the full details of your next appointment. The Windows 8 operating system also includes nifty contact features, showing the latest social interactions for each individual. So you could see your employees/customers/prospects latest tweets, Facebook posts and LinkedIn announcements in one place, with the push of a button. Another large benefit has to be the built-in Office apps, allowing your employees to work on the go with familiar applications such as Word or Excel. However, the Windows operating system does have a unique look and may not be to everyone’s taste, and it’s safe to say it’s not yet as established as Android or Apple’s iOS.

Windows OS, Which operating system is best for business