So Apple have just released their latest version of the iPhone, but how do the new features benefit small businesses?

Bigger Screen

iPhone 5’s 4-inch panoramic screen, may be its biggest upgrade. With a 1136 x 640-pixel resolution, 326 pixels-per-inch Retina display, and a 16:9 aspect ratio, Apple’s new model now measures up to the competition.

This bigger screen means that you can now fit an extra row of icons on the home screen and the calendar view can now display 5 days on the week view rather than the 3 days available on the iPhone 4s.

Faster Data Connection

The iPhone 5 has a faster data connection called LTE. LTE can offer download speeds faster than WiFi, and is a standard that much of the world uses. This means your iPhone 5 can cross international borders with ease.

Apple also released its new A6 chip, which processes twice as fast as the A5 (which was already pretty fast).

The new iPhone Operating System iOS6

While not exclusive to the iPhone 5, as Apple have announced that iOS 6 will be available for the iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPad2 and iPad 3. The new iOS6 brings a whole host of benefits to businesses including:

  • New Maps & Navigation – The new non-Google Maps app uses vector based maps, which means graphics and text are incredibly sharp, even when you zoom in, and they’re quicker to download. The new directions facility in the maps app has also been improved and it now not only shows you how to get from A to B, but it also gives you audio, turn by turn instruction. Maps also gives you real-time traffic information and reroutes you to avoid delays.
  • New Mail App– Business users will appreciate two new features of the iOS 6 Mail app–VIP  and Flagged. Contacts can be designated as VIP, and any messages from them will  be flagged in your main Inbox, as well as accessible in a separate VIP  folder. The VIP feature should make it much easier to make sure you don’t miss  important emails from colleagues or key customers.The Flagged feature allows you to mark received messages as “flagged” so  they’re easier to find and address. Items marked as Flagged appear in a separate  Flagged smart mailbox, so you can quickly and easily find them again without  having to scroll through the entire Inbox.
  • Do Not Disturb and SMS replies to incoming calls – If you’re in an important meeting, or trying to sleep at night you don’t want  your iPhone buzzing or interrupting with alerts. The Do Not Disturb feature lets  you block incoming calls and notifications for a designated period of time.  Alerts and notifications are queued up and delivered once the Do Not Disturb  period expires. There’s also an option to allow calls from certain people even when Do Not Disturb is activated, so you can eliminate unimportant  calls while making sure you don’t miss a call from your important colleagues. If you are in a meeting, and you get an incoming call, you may want to  respond without answering it. iOS 6 has a new feature that can Reply with Message allowing you to send the call to voicemail,  but also sends a text message to the caller so they at least know that you’re  aware they called, and that you’ll contact them later. Alternately, you can tap  the Remind Me Later option which will alert you an hour later or when you leave  your current location to remind you to return the call.
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