10 Business Applications to Get the Most From Your iPhone 7

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-09-13
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Business Applications to Get the Most From Your iPhone 7
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    10 Business Applications to Get the Most From Your iPhone 7

    There are myriad third-party apps for the iPhone 7 that can make corporate users more productive. Here are 10 such business apps that should work well on Apple's latest iPhone.
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    Handle Scheduling With HotSchedules
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    Handle Scheduling With HotSchedules

    HotSchedules is an easy way to get all of a team's members on the same schedule. The app, which costs $2.99, allows owners and managers to set schedules, see how many hours people have worked and manage time-off requests. Team members can decide when to work, send requests to swap shifts and request time off. It's a nice, mobile way to determine who is working and when.
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    Go Remote With Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop
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    Go Remote With Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop

    The Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop allows users to access a Mac or PC from anywhere via the iPhone. Users can jump onto their computers to access files and programs, or simply use the iPhone as a monitor to watch videos, listen to music and get work done. The app costs $2.99, but for the best experience and optimized access to more computers, users should consider the Anywhere Access Pack, which costs $16.99 per year.
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    TimeTracker Lets Workers Track Hours, Pay Rates
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    TimeTracker Lets Workers Track Hours, Pay Rates

    The $3.99 TimeTracker lets managers see when employees arrived at work and track how many hours they work each day. They also can input their rates to see what payroll will look like on payday. Employees, meanwhile, can input their start and stop times for work, as well as what they worked on, receipts for travel and expenses, and more.
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    An iOS File Manager With My Office Documents
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    An iOS File Manager With My Office Documents

    Since iOS 10 still doesn't come with a full-fledged file and folder system, getting the $2.99 My Office Documents app might be a good idea. The app is capable of managing files and helping users sort those files into folders. Users also can view different file types, including Excel spreadsheets and PDFs, and print them from the app. There's even a file-transfer feature to move items from the iPhone to a Mac or PC.
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    Chaos Control Premium Helps Users Get Things Done
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    Chaos Control Premium Helps Users Get Things Done

    Chaos Control Premium is all about getting work done. With the app, users can create and manage projects and collaborate with co-workers. Users also can set goals that can be organized into folders, plan their days with due dates, and sync data between mobile devices and desktops. A "Chaos Box" is where tasks that need to be completed in the future can go. The app costs $4.99.
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    AirWatch Agent Provides Mobility Management
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    AirWatch Agent Provides Mobility Management

    AirWatch Agent is an ideal solution for IT decision makers who want to manage a fleet of iOS devices deployed across the enterprise. The app lets users see the locations of deployed devices and remotely manage them to ensure they're properly enrolled and compliant with company regulations. There's even a function that can lock employees or unauthorized users out of a device so they can't access certain information. AirWatch Agent is a free download.
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    Sideline Is a Free Second Number for Businesses
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    Sideline Is a Free Second Number for Businesses

    Sideline, which can be downloaded for free, is designed for users to get a second phone number running on their iPhones. Once the app is set up and a phone number chosen, users can send and receive calls. The app uses existing carrier network and minutes, so it will work wherever the iPhone does. Sideline, which lets users pick a number in their own area code, also features texting support and voice mail forwarding.
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    Zoom Cloud Meetings Offers Video Conferencing
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    Zoom Cloud Meetings Offers Video Conferencing

    Those hoping for a video conferencing app should look at Zoom Cloud Meetings. The free download lets users schedule, start and join a Zoom meeting from the iPhone. According to the company, Zoom Cloud Meetings supports up to 50 simultaneous participants who can hold video meetings, share screens and instant message each other at no charge. The app works over WiFi as well as LTE and 3G cellular networks.
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    RSA SecurID Delivers Two-Factor Authentication
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    RSA SecurID Delivers Two-Factor Authentication

    Two-factor authentication is generally viewed as an important security feature, so users should consider the free RSA SecurID Software Token. The app creates one-time passcodes that, when coupled with another program or app that requires two-factor authentication, will let users in only when they enter both a password and the token that RSA SecurID creates on the iPhone. It's another free download.
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    Get Better Security With the AirWatch Browser
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    Get Better Security With the AirWatch Browser

    If the built-in Safari browser in iOS 10 isn't secure enough, think about the VMware AirWatch Browser. The free app is an alternative to Safari that can be configured by a company's IT department to limit browsing to certain websites and create predefined bookmarks for all corporate users. Think of VMware's AirWatch Browser as a more secure and properly provisioned browser for iOS 10.
 

Apple's iPhone 7 is slated to hit store shelves Sept. 16. Judging by its strong preorder sales starting Sept. 9—which pushed shipments of its jet black version to mid-November—demand appears to be high. However, to get the best experience from Apple's latest smartphone when they buy it, users will need more than the bundled apps that come with iOS 10. It will take third-party apps from developers large and small to make the iPhone more appealing to their new owners. This eWEEK slide show discusses 10 business applications that will help users be more productive on the road or at the office. Half of the following apps are paid, and the other half are free. They include personal scheduling programs, secure browsers, mobile device management and even video conferencing. In any case, the following apps will deliver something of value to corporate users who at least want to have the option of getting work done no matter where they are. Read on to learn more about business apps that should work well on Apple's iPhone 7.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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