With its sleek design, lightning fast processor and a host of groundbreaking features, the 10 million selling iPhone 6, as well as the iPhone 6s, is the best thing to come out of the mobile technology world in quite some time. Did you know however, that they can be powerful tools for burgeoning entrepreneurs? Here’s a guide to some of the iPhone 6’s best business features.
Let’s say you and your staff are at a convention or having a meeting with a client off-site. The iPhone 6’s location tracking feature gives you the ability to let your employees know your precise location so there will be no confusion about where the rally point is. Additionally, it can be used to tell you exactly where your employees are during business hours.
As this Entrepreneur article points out, the iPhone 6 lets users save a lot of time by allowing them to forward text messages. So, if you receive a text from a client telling you he or she needs to reschedule or from a supplier letting you know that one of the items you sell is out of stock, you can forward this important information on to your employees easily and quickly.
While mobile payment systems have been around for a while now, Apple changed the game when they introduced Apple Pay with the iPhone 6. The secure service allows customers to make payments with the iPhone 6 via wireless communication with a contactless card reader. Incredibly, transactions using Apple Pay can be completed in five to ten seconds. While the adoption of other digital wallet services has been sluggish, Apple Pay promises speed and efficiency.
With the launch of the iPhone 6, Apple made a concerted effort to appeal to enterprise customers. Part of that push included teaming with IBM to develop a number of exclusive apps that are designed to provide a host of new enterprise solutions for a variety of different industries. Shift Track lets you set up and adjust your employees’ schedules and manage their vacation requests with remarkable efficiency. Dynamic Buy gives you the ability to review inventory levels, purchasing trends and sales forecasts at a glance. Sales Assist uses iBeacon technology to let salespeople know when a returning customer has entered, what kind of items they’ve purchased in the past and what new items they may be interested in purchasing, with real-time inventory data. These apps are also just the tip of the iceberg. Apple and IBM have made a long-term commitment to creating dozens of additional enterprise applications.
This article was written by Mario McKellop of Examiner.com for CBS Small Business Pulse.