Apple Watch Comes Forth for Business Use
On April 24, the much-anticipated Apple Watch was released. Unbeknownst to many Apple enthusiasts, getting your hands on the watch hasn’t been as easy as it has for other Apple products.Shipping for the Apple Sport (ranging from $349-$399) won’t begin until June and shipping for other models can take up to four months. The shipping lag is giving app developers even more time to work on iPhone extensions. The WatchKit API has helped more than 3,000 apps get ready for the launch, and you can expect to see that number increase quickly.
The Apple Watch boasts its stellar features for fitness tracking, messaging and — of course — telling time, but the wearable technology is going to be even more useful in the workplace. While the millennial generation will likely use the watch for tweeting and tracking calories, tech-savvy entrepreneurs will be the first to use the iPhone extension as a timesaving tool for conducting business. Here is how the Apple Watch can best be used for business.
Stay connected anywhere
Texting and emailing lead in mobile usage, proving the need to stay connected is of utmost importance. Statistics show that calling has become the sixth most common use of mobiles. However, close to 38 percent of Americans admit to sending/receiving SMS messages and emails “often” throughout the day.
Cloud phone services app Line2 has just announced that many of its features — including sending/receiving SMS messages — will be available on the Apple Watch. Line2 users will be able to access messages, call history and notifications from their wrist. The app is an excellent tool for entrepreneurs looking to do business on the run. “Users can now monitor messages and calls without interrupting what’s in front of them and continue walking down the street, riding the train, or participating in a business meeting without needing to take their phone out of their pocket,” Line2’s CEO Doug Brackbill said.
Get around easier
If you’re looking for a place for a business luncheon, the Apple Watch will also support location-based apps such as Yelp. Yelp on Apple Watch will have the same features such as price range, star rating and distance from your standing location. To help you get from point A to point B without using your smartphone, look out for Citymapper. The third-party app will lead you to business meetings and public transportation with an easy-to-navigate interface on the Apple Watch. When public transit won’t get you to a meeting on time, call an Uber. Those wearing the Apple Watch can catch a ride without using their smartphone.
Do business smarter and quieter
The Apple Watch Keynote app transforms your wrist into a remote control. You can conduct business meetings by playing and pausing slideshows from the wearable device. More than two million people are currently using the popular app Clear to prioritize their lives as an effective to-do list. Clear for the Apple Watch helps organize business meetings and follow up on work-related tasks.
A nice feature of the Apple Watch is that its display is dark most of the time. There’s nothing more annoying than receiving calls during a presentation or email notifications vibrating your smartphone during a business meeting. The watch is designed to work in the background, so you’re still getting notifications but they won’t be bothersome unless you activate the watch. In retrospect, sometimes you need to access your emails or SMS notifications during a business meeting but it would be inappropriate to check your mobile. Settings within your iPhone will let you manage notifications that are sent to your Apple Watch so that you can stay in the loop, but on the sly.
Originally published at blog.line2.com.