The Million Dollar iPad – Discover the Truth About Putting an Apple Watch to Work
“Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.”
– Franz Kafka
While it has been reported that Apple has sold more than a million of its new Apple Watches, less than half of those have been delivered. Most of you reading this haven’t yet received yours or are still waiting to figure out if you even want, let alone need, one. The good news is that I’ve been able to road test the watch for you, decide whether it’s a solid business tool, and determine what apps are even worth using in a business setting.
I could probably write a new book about the Apple Watch and the secrets I’ve discovered for its use. Until that happens, I trust I have your permission to share some of the apps I believe will change your effectiveness, efficiency and, hopefully, your profitability.
The Apple Watch is loaded with apps when it’s shipped. Many of those will get you going literally right out of the box. But, here are some third party apps you’ll want to download for use. Please note: You download an app to your iPhone and, if it is Apple Watch compatible, the Apple Watch version will automatically be synced and appear for use on the watch. Naturally, you can choose which apps you want to appear on your wrist at any time through the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
With that out of the way, here are the Apple Watch apps that I now use all the time in a business setting. (The prices that I’ve included are what were posted at press time. App prices change all the time, so please check them first before you download one.)
EVERNOTE (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/evernote/id281796108?mt=8) and DRAFTS 4 ($9.99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drafts-4-quickly-capture-notes/id905337691?mt=8). One of the beautiful things about the Apple Watch is the ability to quickly enter and save notes. Both the Evernote and Drafts 4 apps allow you to use your watch as a down-and-dirty dictating device. With Evernote, you start the app on your watch, click the “+” button, and begin dictating audibly with Siri. Your dictation is converted to text. You are then given the option to “Save” what you have created and you can even set a reminder date. What you eventually save will be part of your formal Evernote account and accessible from any computer. In the Drafts 4 app, when you launch the app it is immediately looking to “capture” a voice dictation and convert it to text. It is then automatically saved to your Drafts 4 Inbox.
CITYMAPPER (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/citymapper-ultimate-real-time/id469463298?mt=8). I’ve used this app in London, Paris, and Chicago. Simply, it’s trip planning in real time. And it’s marvelous. Just a little trick . . . When using it with your iPhone, you can take a screen shot of the route that’s created and work from that if battery usage or connectivity is an issue.
DARK SKY ($3.99 – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dark-sky-weather-radar-hyperlocal/id517329357?mt=8). I know that there’s a native weather app for your Apple Watch. Dark Sky, however, is just perfect for your new device, gives you a weather outlook for 5 days, and is incredibly easy and quick to use.
NY TIMES (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nytimes-breaking-national/id284862083?mt=8), CNN (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cnn-app-for-iphone/id331786748?mt=8) and USA TODAY (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/usa-today-for-ipad/id364257176?mt=8). These are the apps that will put major headlines on your wrist.
KEYNOTE ($9.99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/keynote/id361285480?mt=8) and POWERPOINT (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-powerpoint/id586449534?mt=8). Both of these apps allow you to control a slide deck that’s on your iPhone from the watch. What this means for you is that you can have your slide deck connected to an Apple TV, for example, and projected to your audience. You can then control the presentation from your wrist.
TEMPO (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tempo-smart-calendar/id593819390?mt=8). Among other things, Tempo reads your Calendar event information and the addresses you have entered for those events. It then gives you an estimated drive time for those events. I LOVE this app!
CAPTURE BILLABLE HOURS
TIMELY (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timely-scheduling-time-tracking/id619462420?mt=8), HOURS (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hours-time-tracking/id895933956?mt=8), and ATRACKER PRO ($4.99 – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/atracker-pro-daily-task-time/id519561306?mt=8). Let me begin this section with an observation. None of these apps are incredibly robust time and activity trackers. They are, however, some really brilliant ways to capture activity and timing from your wrist that you might otherwise lose. Each of them is rather unique and perhaps a bit quirky in the way they function. Take a look at them and find the one that fits with your personal workflow.
There are a few other apps I might talk about in a later article. In the meantime, I want to leave you with one important trick: With Apple Watch apps being developed and released constantly, there’s going to come a time when one or more apps stop working or get hung up on your Apple Watch. If and when that should happen, you can force the troublesome app to quit running by doing the following:
- Press and hold the side button on your watch (the one below the digital crown) until the sliders appear and offer you the two options to power off or reserve battery
2. Let go of the side button
3. Repress the side button
4. Your Home screen will then appear
This will shut down the offending app and you can go on with your other business.
Must you have an Apple Watch? No. You can survive without one. However, I believe the faster you put the Apple Watch to work for you, the faster you’ll be more successful.
Here’s to your continued iOS at Work Success! – Scott
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