Apple’s new iOS 9 mobile operating system has some fun new features you might enjoy on a personal level. But we’ve also found three ways it can actually help small business owners use technology more efficiently and effectively. Two entrepreneurs share their three favorite features of iOS 9.
Notes, previously a no-frills text app, now allows iPhone and iPad users to include links, photos and sketches in a note and set up to-do lists with items that can be checked off.
“The Notes app allows me to be able to organize and, most importantly, sync across all of my Apple devices,” says Khiem Nguyen, director of social media and interactive at Thr33fold, a marketing agency in Coral Gables, Florida.
How to do it: Open the Notes app and click the plus sign in the bottom right corner, which will bring up a toolbar. The check-mark symbol sets up a to-do list, the camera allows you to add images, and the squiggle opens the sketch feature.
2. Low-Power Mode
“The new low-power mode allows me to save battery life when I don’t have the ability to charge my phone, like when I’m driving or working on improvements for a new house I’m selling,” says John Horner, owner of John Buys Houses Ohio, a small business that buys, renovates and rents properties in Columbus, Ohio. Horner says this has alleviated his worries of missing calls or emails from new business leads.
How to do it: Go to Settings, then Battery and toggle on Low Power Mode. Your iPhone will also give you the option to turn on this mode once your battery drops below 20 percent.
Small business owners should note that low-power mode will decrease activity on an iPhone: For example, mail will not fetch automatically on this setting, so you’ll need to manually check for new messages.
On iOS 9, “search is much more robust than it used to be,” Nguyen says. Now, a search will bring up results from your phone’s content (such as messages and emails) as well as relevant apps, Wikipedia entries, websites and more.
Small business owners should use this function while traveling, Nguyen recommends—for example, if you need to find a nice restaurant to have dinner with a client in a city that’s unfamiliar, the search may bring up relevant apps or websites such as Yelp.
How to do it: Just swipe down on your home screen to bring up the search function.
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