The iPhone 6 could be a Plus for business
Could the iPhone 6 Plus be a serious consideration for businesses when they look at their next product roadmap? Companies that have adopted iOS for their mobility strategy would have historically had to make a choice; go down a two device route with the iPhone and iPad to take full advantage of the capabilities available, or make a compromise in functionality by selecting a single device.
The iPhone is now a proven business tool and there are a vast number of useful Apps that have evolved the way we carry out our day to day business tasks. However the iPhone’s smaller screen size could have been deemed to restrict certain activities, mainly when there is a requirement to engage others, such as sales and marketing solutions or Apps that require signatures on documentation from a third party. Providing an iPad was one way to address these, although the cost and manageability of a two device solution will always be a stumbling block.
The iPhone 6 Plus could provide a viable single device option. In many cases the 5.5” screen is plenty big enough for the user to comfortably use the device regularly, capturing information into Apps that are well designed and thought out. It also wouldn’t be too fiddly to hand to a customer to complete information or sign-off on a job with a signature. Where the iPhone 6 Plus would still not come up to the mark in my opinion, would be situations when you are presenting to a small group, something I feel works really well when using an iPad.
The iPhone 6 Plus could provide a viable single device option.
The secure option?
With the release of iOS 8, Apple has made aspects of its TouchID security feature available to App developers. By incorporating fingerprint security into business apps, developers can remove the need to log in with passcodes and passwords to access business tools and information while maintaining a secure environment.
Apps are making their way into businesses and they have the opportunity to revolutionise business processes. For this to happen, the right devices need to be available and they have to demonstrate day to day value. I do believe the iPhone 6 Plus is the first play from Apple that does allow you to consolidate devices which I would suggest is a key factor for continued adoption of iOS within business.