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Must-have iOS Apps for Businesses

Must-have iOS Apps for Businesses
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When the iPhone first launched with the iOS platform almost a decade ago, there was hardly any fanfare. Keyboard-enabled PDAs and gadgets ruled the business scene, and iOS-based devices struggled to catch up with those relatively cheaper business devices at the time.

A few years later, however, Apple’s tweaks and improvements turned the iOS platform into one of the most popular areas of interest for app developers. As a result, over 1.5 million iOS applications have been developed for the App Store so far, with some of these providing businesses with the best features for staying productive and organized on-the-go.

This curated list provides an in-depth look at some of the iOS apps that will allow businesses to stay in charge of their affairs – both remotely and behind the desk.

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1. Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is one of the oldest and most popular applications for handling documents, and for good reason. The Office suite incorporates a number of different applications commonly found on desktop versions, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for your presentations. Office also comes with OneNote, which is great for playing around with your business documents from the comfort of your iPhone and iPad.

Microsoft Office allows you to create and edit documents and also integrates cloud functionality to help you share your documents with other users on different platforms, including Mac and Windows PCs.

2. Genius Scan

Genius Scan is a free iOS app that will allow you to create good-looking PDF files from images taken with your iPhone or iPad camera. Genius Scan comes with different features and settings that let you adjust lighting, zoom, and other camera settings to create the best quality images for creating professional PDF files. The PDFs you create can then be shared via email, text, Google Drive, Dropbox, and other cloud-based apps.

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3. Newton Mail

Newton Mail is a useful app developed by CloudMagic that removes the hassle of email management for your business emails. This subscription-based service comes with handy features such as push notifications for most types of emails, including Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook/Hotmail, Office 365, iCloud, and any other email accounts configured via IMAP.

Newton also allows you to pull back sent emails before they are read (preventing that huge email blunder before it’s seen), get “read” status for each email, “snooze” incoming emails, and schedule emails to be sent later.

4. Adobe Reader

Another old-schooler, Adobe Reader is an essential PDF tool that most of us can’t really do without. In fact, many device manufacturers and vendors are shipping smartphones with at least the free version of Adobe Reader, which is a testament to its importance. The free version will let you view PDF files, add notes and annotations, and share your PDF files with other users via the cloud. For advanced features, such as PDF conversion and encryption, you will have to upgrade to the annual subscription plan.

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5. Slack

Businesses that work with multiple teams will benefit greatly from Slack. With over 3 million active daily users, Slack enables teams to communicate more effectively via real-time chats, set goals, and manage tasks remotely. Getting Slack on your iPhone and tablet enables you and your team to stay even more productive remotely, and it may well replace your email provider.

6. MailChimp

If you regularly run email campaigns for your business, you might already be aware of the desktop version of MailChimp and its many wonderful abilities. Users around the world use MailChimp to send email newsletters to over 10 billion recipients every month. The iOS version of the app allows users to do the same thing on their smartphones and tablets.

Users can create, edit, and email newsletters, plus use email analytics to check whether emails were received and opened.

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7. Pocket

Pocket is a nifty little app that enables you to save articles for later reading. It can be useful for the average businessperson who wants to catch up on news articles while on the move, especially in areas without Wi-Fi or internet connectivity. You can also save videos and unlock additional features with a monthly subscription, including searching and tagging text within articles.

Conclusion

Having a couple of these apps installed on your iPhone or iPad will go a long way in helping you stay productive and organized in and out of the office. However, with hundreds of thousands of apps listed on the App Store, ensure you only install what you need to reduce distractions and possible bursts of unproductive behavior in the office.

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

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