The iPhone 6 is a great business tool on its own, but it's even better when paired with the right accessories. These tools can help you process payments, stream presentations, take notes and more with your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
Payment processing: Square ReaderThe Square Reader lets you accept credit card payments from anywhere. BUY Square Reader >>> Credit: Square
Credit card readers like the Square Reader let you use your iPhone to process payments anywhere, at any time. It's extremely handy, since it gives your customers tons of flexibility over how they pay, and it's simple to use, too. First, plug the device into your smartphone's headphone jack and sign up for the Square Register service. After that, you can immediately start swiping cards to process transactions. Of course, just like other credit card processing companies, Square takes a small cut of each transaction. The technology is also about to become more secure when Square launches an EMV-compatible card processor early next year. The updated device can accept new cards with an EMV microchip built in, which are less susceptible to fraud than their magnet-stripe-based counterparts.
Business calls: Plantronics A170 Marque Bluetooth headsetBUY Plantronics A170 Marque Bluetooth Headset >>> Credit: Plantronics
If you've ever tried to cradle your iPhone between your ear and shoulder while taking a call, you know it can be a real pain in the neck. Thankfully, a Bluetooth headset like the Plantronics A170 Marque makes taking hands-free calls easy and comfortable. And if you need to take a business call in the car, wearing a Bluetooth headset ensures you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. This Plantronics headset offers a pretty good combination of features and comfort. You'll receive an alert whenever a call comes in, and you can accept or reject it by saying "answer" or "ignore." It also comes with a 2-in-1 charging cable so you can charge both your iPhone and headset at the same time. And a free iPhone app makes it easy to check your headset's current battery level.
Anti-theft: hipKeyBUY hipKey >>> Credit: hipKey
Losing your smartphone is a big problem for anyone, but for business users, it can be a real disaster. That's why the hipKey, a small device you can attach to your key ring or bag, is such a handy accessory. Once you connect it to your iPhone via Bluetooth, it can automatically detect the distance between you and your iPhone and instantly alert you if, for example, you accidentally leave it sitting in a cab, on a cafe table or on a colleague's desk. If you'd rather not have automatic alerts on, you can use hipKey to locate your phone at any time by pressing a button on the side of the device, which will force your phone to ring. It also works in reverse, letting you find your key ring or bag when you tap a button inside the hipKey iPhone app, which triggers an alarm on the hipKey device itself.
Presentations: Apple TVBUY Apple TV >>> Credit: Apple
Apple TV is a nifty box that lets you stream movies and TV shows to any HDMI-equipped device. But did you know it's also a great tool for showing off business presentations stored on your iOS device? It works because you can stream content from your iPhone or iPad straight to your Apple TV box using a feature called AirPlay. From there, it's easy to show your presentation on a big screen by connecting your Apple TV to any HDMI-capable TV, monitor or projector. There are no extra cables or adapters required, and switching between presenters is quick and easy. All in all, it could really speed up your morning meetings.
Stylus: Adonit Jot ProBUY Adonit Jot Pro >>> Credit: Adonit
Since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have bigger displays than previous models, they make great digital notepads when coupled with a stylus. Thanks to its unique design, the Adonit Jot Pro is a good option for business users who want to take notes and draw diagrams right on their iPhone's display. In place of a felt or rubber nib, the Jot Pro has a clear plastic disc at its tip, which rotates to match the angle at which you're writing. The clear disk actually allows for a smaller pen tip, giving you more precise control when you write on your smartphone's relatively small display. Plus, the Jot Pro magnetically attaches to your iPhone's metal back, so it's handy when you need it.