A great many people have an iPad instead of a bulkier laptop as their only computer when they are on the go. The new version of Apple’s operating system offers a number of improvements for this group.
Getting dozens if not hundreds of email messages every day is routine for many. It’s easy to miss important messages among all the junk. Apple has added some features to make this less likely.
With iOS 6, you can specify that some of your contacts are VIPs. This can be your boss, business partner, spouse, et cetera. When an email from someone in this group arrives, it appears in a special VIP folder. It also appears in the regular Inbox, with a small star next to it.
Messages that you Flag also appear in a second folder, where they are easy to keep track of.
To be clear, the messages aren’t copied into these special folders, they simply appear there — they also appear in the Inbox folder. Changes made to a message in any of these folders affect that message everywhere.
Like many people, I am required to add an automated signature to the end of my work email messages. Naturally, I don’t want this to appear on my personal email. iOS six finally allows you to set separate signatures for different email accounts, a real time saver.
iOS 6 also removes an irritating limitation of previous versions of the mail app: You can now add an image or video to an already existing message. This means you can now reply to an email with a picture.
For those of you who work in security conscious offices, you can now open Word documents you receive as attachments that have been password protected.
Safari also has acquired the ability to upload images to websites. This comes in very handy for my job, and should be the same real estate agents, claims adjusters, and anyone who works with pictures as part of their job.
Some of the other improvements can save you some time as well. For example, if you use an iPhone too, on your iPad you can see a list of the web pages you have open on your smartphone.
An iPad can now search all of the fields in the Contacts list. This comes in very handy for those who have large numbers of people to keep track of. For example, I can now easily find everyone in my address book who works for HP or lives in Boston.
Although the Maps application that is bundled with iOS 6 has drawn some criticism, it still can offer turn-by-turn, spoken navigation. This can really come in handy if you’re in a strange city and need a little help finding a client’s office or somewhere to have lunch.
When it comes to talking to clients and co-workers, face-to-face is always best. That’s why I’m a big believer in video-chatting services. Thanks to the front-facing camera on the iPad and Apple’s free FaceTime app, you see the person you’re talking to, and vice versa.
Thanks to iOS 6, you can now make FaceTime calls when your iPad is connected to a cellular wireless network, like the ones provided by AT&T and Verizon. Previously, you could only do this with a Wi-Fi connection.
Naturally, these aren’t the only pro-business features in Apple’s tablet. To learn more about using this device for work, read How to Turn Your iPad into a Business Laptop
There are fun improvements in the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, too. Siri is much more useful than she used to be, able to quickly pull up tidbits like the scores of baseball games, or the location of near-by restaurants. FaceTime integration is nice, too.