The new iPhone 5s offers tons of new features for consumers, but business users can get in on the fun, too. From a new operating system to better security and improved battery life, the new iPhone 5s can help you start and run a business straight from your mobile phone.
Here are five ways the new iPhone will rock your business:
1. iOS 7
The iPhone 5s is equipped with iOS 7, which comes with several built-in features designed to make business users more productive than ever.
One of those features is AirDrop, which lets users quickly and easily share files with a single tap. From photos and videos to contacts and other content from any AirDrop-enabled app, users can instantly send files to one person or to a group of people via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. For businesses, this means team members can securely share documents, presentations and other files in real time for more efficient collaboration and improved communication. Using AirDrop can also result in happier clients, as you can send proposals, blueprints and other files directly to their iOS 7 devices. There is no setup required, and AirDrop is ready to use out-of-the-box.
The new iPhone will also enable business users to be even more productive on the go. Apple announced that users will now be able to download iWork from the App Store free of charge. iWork is Apple's suite of productivity apps, which includes Pages, Numbers and Keynote, Apple's versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, respectively. Prior to iOS 7, these tools were available for purchase at the Apple App Store for $9.99 per app.
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2. Upgraded camera
Hiring a professional photographer or videographer is expensive. Instead, the iPhone 5s will allow you to become your own visual artist with a better, faster iSight camera.
The iPhone camera upgrades include a wider f/2.2 aperture, a 15 percent larger sensor, 8 megapixels with 1.5 microns, and a 33 percent boost in light sensitivity. The new iSight camera also uses True Tone flash, which is made up of two LEDs – white and amber – that use an intelligent algorithm that senses color temperatures and adjusts flash accordingly to produce photographs with true-to-life colors and natural-looking skin tones. It also features HD video recording with live video zoom, and slow-motion video recording and editing.
All these features mean you can now take beautiful, professional-looking photos and videos for your website, blog, Pinterest, YouTube, Vine and other online outlets using just your device. These new features provide a significant boost for sellers, as they will also enable you to beautifully showcase products in your online store, with no technical photography skills or expensive hires required.
3. Fingerprint technology
With the iPhone 5s, your fingerprint is your password and your credit card. Touch ID, a fingerprint-identity sensor placed on the home button, scans your fingerprint to unlock your screen and authorize purchases.
Touch ID benefits both your business and your customers. For businesses, Touch ID provides an extra layer of security to protect your device from unauthorized access and purchases. Whereas passwords and PINs can be guessed and stolen, fingerprints are unique to you and are not stored in the cloud, making data in your phone more secure if it gets in the wrong hands.
For customers, it means an easier and more pleasant user experience at the App Store. For instance, if your business has an iPhone app, it could translate to additional sales from fingerprint-authorized in-app purchases. If you sell e-books, music and other digital products, customers can purchase your work in one simple step. And for mobile commerce, Touch ID can also potentially be used by customers to easily buy products directly from your shopping cart using their phones — which can help prevent the abandoned purchases that often result from having to input personal information and credit-card numbers on such a small screen.
4. Ultrafast LTE wireless
The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are, by far, the most LTE-friendly smartphones yet. Both devices will be given massive connectivity upgrades of up to 13 LTE bands, which is more bands than any other smartphone currently on the market. That means iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c users can experience improved data speeds while connected to carrier networks. With this LTE upgrade, users can expect faster download and upload speeds, which is especially important for businesspeople who are constantly on the go.
iPhone-supported LTE carriers are also growing worldwide, giving business travelers better coverage wherever they are.
5. A7 chip + battery life
One of the highlights of the new iPhone 5s is the A7 processor, which equips the device with 64-bit technology, making it the first desktop-class smartphone. The iPhone 5s has a CPU and graphics performance twice as fast as the iPhone 5.
So, with this much A7 processor power and all of the new robust features the iPhone 5s has to offer, what does it mean for battery life? The iPhone 5s' battery will allegedly be 10 percent larger than that of its predecessor, which may or may not actually result in any noticeable improvements relative to the new features.
To make sure the new iPhone stays powerful without draining battery life, Apple revealed that the iPhone 5s uses the M7 co-processor, which the company describes as a sidekick to the A7. So whether you're doing small tasks, surfing the Web, using apps to perform heavy business-related work or all of the above – and even when you're idle – the M7 works to make sure your device maintains energy efficiency to extend the life of your battery.