5 Ways to Take Business Advantage From iPad

The invention of iPad has changed the way businesses work over a period of time. iPad has always been thought of as an Entertainment Toy meant for the social media buffs. It is generally believed to be a device that can be used to surf the internet, to mail, to have event reminders like birthdays, anniversary etc., to hook on to social media sites likes Facebook, twitter, to use different apps available on app store that make our life easy, read any kind of documents etc. with a great mobility. But this is not all that iPad can do.

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These days iPads are becoming very popular in the education sector. Nowadays, we know children go to their school with their iPads. They don’t have paper work; all their work is done just with iPad.

There are about 8, 00,000 apps available on iPad (more than 3, 00,000 native to iPad) and according to one survey, people have downloaded about 40 billion apps by 2013 from app store. So we can assume what we can do with an iPad or what an iPad can do?

But, this is not all, an iPad can be efficiently used for a variety of other business related purposes. In fact we can use an iPad for doing just about anything we do using our computers, it’s a mini mobile computer in your hand.

This article states the top five ways in which businesses can benefit by using iPads.

1) Document Management

In general we know, an iPad, is widely used for reading many kind of documents whether it is a PDF file, an epub file, a doc, an image etc. but this is not all, an iPad can be efficiently used for creating and managing documents.

There are lots of apps available on iPad application store that can be used to read any kind of documents. For example “iBooks” app, is a great app for the user to read pdf, epub or other files. It provides great functionalists such as while reading, one can put bookmarks, select some of the text as highlight while reading it, increase or decrease font size, do your own hand drawing in any file and also save it permanently so that when you see or read again you can get the particulars very easily.

Now let’s just extend this a bit and think what if I want to add my own content or create my own document and want to send it somebody via email or via any site, is there a way in which I can achieve this using an iPad?

The answer is “Yes”. Besides reading documents you can also create the documents and manage them your way and annotate them. There are some very good apps that provide these functionalists. For example “PDF Reader Pro”: using this app you can read your document, annotate the content of that document and also can attach to the mail and can send it to somebody.

Now lets talk of some advance features. Think of a situation where your signature is required on some document and someone is sending you the document on fax but you don’t have access to a fax machine. Now the problem is that how you will sign, scan and send it back again? There are some apps available on app store that can help in achieving this For example “EasySign”, this app allows you to create or edit and also you can attach your signature in a document and also attach the document to the mail and send it anywhere you want.

iPad Application Development

2) Online Payments & E-Commerce

As we have seen, now iPad is not just a device to use for limited features. iPad can also be used for accepting and processing payments. There are some card readers available that can be used for accepting the cards and using this we can process the payment transaction with an iPad or iPhone. This external chip will convert the whole iPad or iPhone into a credit card terminal. So it becomes very easy for anybody to accept and process the payment transaction.

For example an app available on app store named “Square” provides a great ability to process this type of transactions. This app provides its own card reader as you register in this app. Using this card reader you can read your card. This app provides you a wide range of services using which you don’t need to go anywhere for payments. This app will directly handle your payment transactions from your iPad or iPhone from the card reader provided by this app. Thus, an iPad can also work as credit card terminal.

There are some other apps also available, which can be used for the same purpose. For example: “Intuit GoPayment” and “VeriFone’s PAYware Mobile”, using these apps businesses can sell merchandise, tickets and other goods anywhere. So an iPad makes a very easy way for the purchase and sale transactions using this type of apps.

3) Business Presentation Tool

An iPad has a large variety of usage. It can be a great tool for making presentations. With VGA or HDMI iPad adapter one can directly run the presentation on TV or Projector or to a secondary monitor. So just think that if you are going for a business presentation, then all you need to carry is an iPad instead of a bulky laptop and you don’t need any other device for the presentation.

An iPad can also be used to create graphs, charts or presentations. There are some apps available on iPad application store that can help to create presentation. For example: “OmniGraphSketcher”, this app can be very useful to create charts and graphs with great visualization.

4) Web Conferencing

In today’s world as all businesses are expanding globally, being physically present for meetings can become very challenging. So for this, an iPad can be very useful. An iPad can make it possible to be present in the meeting virtually. There are some apps available that allow web conferencing. Before iPad 2, there were apps like “WebEx” and “GoToMeeting” that made it possible to do web conferencing, but now with iPad 2 having a front camera also, web conferencing becomes easier with applications like FaceTime using which video chat can be done in a fast and easy way.

5) Sales Force Automation

Another great usage of iPad is for the sales force on the move. Managing field data like orders, surveys etc. can be managed using an iPad easily. It’s a great tool to manage inventory data as well. There are some apps that provide functionalists like create and manage databases and projects in an easy way. For example “Bento”: using this app you can create and manage databases and projects very easily.

Using an iPad, you need not be connected to internet all the time. It has facility to create and manage database locally and then connect to the server and share the changes. These apps have a facility to allow users to create customized views and access it from home office through a mobile device or an iPad. This provides a great mobility to access data and manage it in different ways.

Now won’t you agree that iPad is not just an entertainment tool but a great piece of invention that will take businesses to the next level. It’s not just advice, it’s a great gift provided by “Steve Jobs”.

Source : http://blog.spec-india.com/5-ways-to-take-business-advantage-from-ipad

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Apple vs Android

Choosing the best smartphone operating system from all available OS, is becoming a top priority for many type business owners. While there are many mobile OS players, from all that the major players are Apple iOS and Google’s Android. As far as hardware goes, Apple is the same in every model; making it simpler for users to upgrade phones without having to re-learn how to use it. Android, however, is designed so that the manufacturer of the phone can modify it according to their ecosystem, which can include completely changing the look and feel of the Android system. This can give the user to be flexible to select a phone, which has a system that is more suited to their needs.

There is Big Difference Between Apple and Android

Smartphone subscribers:  43.7% of USA user had an android device and only 27.7% of user had an iphone.

Smartphone subscribers

Tablets Market Analysis: iPad is more popular compare to android.  iPad had 66% of the tablet market and android tablets had grown to 26%.

Tablets Market Analysis

Which platform’s users are downloading the most apps:  According to Canalys 51% of android user download the android app and 40% of ios user downloads the ios app.

Which platform's users are downloading the most apps

Apple Updates Most Affordable 9.7-Inch IPad With Retina Display

Apple today announced iPad with Retina display replaces iPad 2 as the most affordable 9.7-inch iPad at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The fourth generation iPad features the amazing 9.7-inch Retina display, the Apple-designed A6X chip, ultrafast Wi-Fi, a 5MP iSight® camera which also captures 1080p HD video, a FaceTime® HD camera, and support for LTE carriers worldwide,¹ all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life.²  iPad with Retina display comes with iOS 7, featuring hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop®, enhanced Photos, Safari®, Siri® and iTunes Radio℠.³

9.7-inch-iPad

“Now for $399 customers can get iPad with a stunning 9.7-inch Retina display, fast A6X chip, and 5MP iSight camera, offering a dramatic upgrade in power, performance and value compared to the iPad 2 it replaces,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The iPad line sets the gold-standard in mobile computing and all iPads have access to the largest and best ecosystem of more than 500,000 iPad optimized apps from the App Store.”

iPad customers have access to the revolutionary App Store℠, which offers more than one million apps to iPhone®, iPad and iPod touch® users in 155 countries around the world, and more than 500,000 apps are designed specifically for iPad. More than 65 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store, which offers customers an incredible range of apps in 24 categories, including newspapers and magazines in Newsstand, games and entertainment, kids, education, business, news, sports, health and fitness and travel. The iLife® suite of creative apps, including iPhoto®, iMovie® and GarageBand®, and the iWork® suite of productivity apps, including Pages®, Numbers® and Keynote® are essential to the Apple experience and are now free, so more iPad users have access to these great apps that are optimized to support 64-bit technology and include hundreds of new features.

Pricing & Availability

iPad with Retina display models in black or white are available for a suggested retail price of $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model for either AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon. Smart Cover® and Smart Case for iPad with Retina display are available in dark gray for $39 (US) and $49 (US) respectively through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Authorized Apple Resellers. iPad Air™ with Wi-Fi models are available in silver or space gray for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model and $799 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular are available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model, $829 (US) for the 64GB model and $929 (US) for the 128GB model.

iPad mini™ with Retina display Wi-Fi models are available in silver or space gray for a suggested retail price of $399 (US) for the 16GB model, $499 (US) for the 32GB model, $599 (US) for the 64GB model and $699 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $529 (US) for the 16GB model, $629 (US) for the 32GB model, $729 (US) for the 64GB model and $829 (US) for the 128GB model. Additionally, the original iPad mini is offered at $299 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $429 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model for either AT&T, Sprint, T-mobile or Verizon.

¹LTE is available through select carriers. Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks. Check with your carrier for details.
²Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
³iTunes Radio is available with iOS 7 in the US and Australia.

Top Hidden Secret And Tricks for iPhone And iPad User

Nowadays, people are more use to iPhone and iPad. In the market, the sale of iPhone 5S and iPhone 6C had increased a lot. But there are many shortcuts and tricks which you don’t know in your iOS devices. Here is the list of hidden tips and tricks which can make you smarter.

1.  First switch your keyboard on thumb mode to make typing more comfortable in your iPad. Then swipe your fingers across the keyboard and you will see a different keyboard that allows you to type comfortably using your thumb.

switch your keyboard on thumb mode

2.  If you want to decrease your iPhone’s changing time then keep it on airplane mode.

airplane mode

3.  While traveling abroad, you can use offline Google Maps. If you are still online, search for the area you wish to save and in the search bar, type “Ok Maps” which is going to help a great for offline user.

offline Google Maps

4.  To remove accidental extra zeroes in calculator, just swipe from left to right.

remove accidental extra zeroes in calculator

5.  Before your child use your iOS devices, just turn on the guided access which keeps users from tapping or clicking within an app. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Acess.

Guided Acess

6.  Have your photos just by using earbuds. When you camera mode are ready to shoot, press the volume and the button on the remote on your earbuds.

Take photos using earbuds

7.  Now go to your camera app without unlocking your iPhone by swiping the small camera icon found in the lower right corner of the home screen. This is particularly useful when you need to ask another person to take a photograph using your iPhone – they do not need to know and input your password anymore.

Open camera app without unlocking your iPhone

8.  While using any iOS device, you can turn your iOS device into an instant laptop by using Bluetooth keyboard.

Bluetooth keyboard with your iOS device

9.  If you need to scroll back to the top of any app immediately, tap the bar of the app. With this trick, scrolling back to the top will not be as tedious and time-consuming as it was before.

Scroll to top

10. If you need to hang a frame in a pinch then open the Compass App > Swipe to Left > Level Screen.

Compass App

Top 10 Free Christmas Apps for iPhone 2013

1.iSnapped Plus

iSnapped PlusiSnapped Plus application is a photo editing application which is developed by SPEC INDIA – with an easy and simple user interface and contains a great set of tools that help in editing photos. In this Christmas season, just snap your photo and edit it with different kind of emoticons and picture icons on photos like Santa cap etc. After editing your photo’s share pictures on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

App Store

2. Christmas Piano with Free Songs

Christmas PianoPlay along and sing along to Christmas carols on a real piano right on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch! Guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit, this piano includes some of the most popular Christmas carols. Every song includes sing along lyrics that highlight in time with the music making caroling easier than ever! You can also learn to play christmas songs geared for all ages and skill levels! Give yourself an early Christmas present and download the Christmas Piano with Free Songs today!

App Store

3.  Racing Santa by Top Free Games

Racing SantaHelp Santa go in this physics based slide and fly game. Go as fast as you can to escape the little monsters (who look like little grinches to me).

App Store

 

4.  Christmas Toddler: Educational Games for Toddlers and Preschool Kids

Christmas ToddlerChristmas Toddler app is designed to help your child acquire basic concepts of shapes, colors, numbers and more. Christmas Toddler game for kids offers an all-in-one game for your children. It is a collection of different exciting and fun educational games.

The app gives you animated character, stickers, energetic voice recording and sounds, all designed for your preschoolers. It’s an unlimited game for kids!

App Store

5.  12 Days of Disney

12 Days of DisneyExperience the magic of Disney this holiday season with a free app and free in app purchases every day for 12 days! This app from Apple lets you download a free gift each day, from December 26 through January 6. There will be songs, apps, books, movies, and more.

App Store

6.  Holiday Countdown

Holiday CountdownGet into the festive spirit with Holiday Countdown, a free 3D pop-up app. Bring the holidays to life with all your favorite StoryToys characters. Count down to the holidays with a new scene to create and play with each and every day from 1 December to 25 December – all FREE!

Brimming with holiday cheer, there are over 150 stickers and 25 scenes to play with. A new scene is unlocked each day. Each scene can be decorated and customised with a variety of stickers. The sticker collection builds with each new day so that all unlocked stickers become available to all scenes creating a whole new set of fun with new and old scenes. Holiday Countdown is also available in French, German and Spanish.

App Store

7. Santa Rescue Saga

Santa Rescue SagaThat Santa sure does get himself banged up. It’s up to you to help him out.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s time to play the best Christmas App on the App Store! Santa and his helpers are in danger, and it’s up to you Doctor X to save the day and save all the presents! In this holiday app, you need to journey through the North Pole and save Santa and friends along the way!

App Store

8.  Find the Differences

Find the DifferencesGet into the holiday spirit with this beautifully illustrated Find the Differences Christmas puzzle game with art by renowned illustrator Wendy Edelson! Each painting has five subtle differences- can you find them all and become a Christmas Difference Finding Master?! The game will give you hints where to look more carefully if you need help finding all the differences. Celebrate with fireworks when you find all of them in time! This educational puzzle game is great for the whole family- all images are appropriate for all ages.

App Store

9.  Cut the RopeCut the Rope

Om Nom wants to wish you the happiest of holidays! Holiday Gift combines outstanding physics, devilishly tricky levels, and bright colorful visuals with a festive winter feel. Swipe your finger to cut the ropes and feed Om Nom candy. Don’t forget to collect stars as you play!

App Store

10.  The Night Before Christmas presented by One Hundred Robots

The Night Before Christmas presented by One Hundred RobotsThis cherished classic is brilliantly recreated in a charming, contemporary way that captures all the enchantment and “joyful good cheer” of Saint Nick’s annual visit.

App Store