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Mar 13, 2017

50 Apps That Will Double Your Productivity With Your iPhone

































I'm an apps addict. 
As a strategy - I select my working tools only after making sure they have a solid mobile version so I can be on top of everything 24/7, regardless to where I am. 
This gives me the option to control almost 100% of my work and personal activities straight from my smartphone, whenever or wherever I am. 

Many of these apps are not new. Some have millions of users, and yet many people I talk to are not familiar with many of them, so I decided to create a list of all the important apps I use. 


You won’t find Facebook, Twitter, Uber or Waze in this list as those are too basic. 

You will find however, a nice collection of apps that will increase your productivity and make you forget about your computer... 


Tier 1: Must Have Apps

   





1. Pocket
My all time favorite mobile app. 
In short - Pocket lets you save articles for offline reading. 
In long - it’s the best ‘read it later’ solution and a practical solution for the ‘too-many-open-tabs’ syndrome. It lets you store websites, documents, emails, and practically everything from everywhere and have it ready when you have time.
My favorite feature: listening to my articles while I drive. 


2. Medium
If you don’t know Medium, well… you should. 
Medium is the next stage in blogsphere evolution. The product is amazing, the content is great, and the mobile app is one of the best apps out there. 

3. MeisterTask
MeisterTask is exactly like Trello but it has a slightly better UI.
This is why I placed it one place above Trello, because what’s more important in a tool that practically manages your entire activities than making it easy and fun to use?
MeisterTask is yet another Kanban board, but the web, mac, iOS and recently Android apps are simply much better than anything else in that space. 


What excel did to spreadsheets, Trello did to Task Management. 
One of the best productivity tools ever, especially when dealing with small teams (1-10).
Trello can turn any process into a visual and manageable one (tasks, bugs, customer service, user stories, and more). 

5. Missbeez:
With Missbeez you can easily order lifestyle services to your home or office. 
Just select a treatment (a haircut, a massage, or even mani-pedi), pick the time, and a highly experienced professional will arrive to you, hassle free. 
(Disclosure: I’m actually the co-founder of Missbeez, but hey, I’m pretty sure I’m totally objective about this one…).


Tier 2: The ‘Fall Asleep’ Apps

I’ve already mentioned Pocket and Medium in my ‘Must Have Apps’ section, but there are more apps that keep me updated with everything that’s happening: 

  

I think Product Hunt was created for app addicts like myself. What’s better than exploring a fresh list of new apps every day? 
Product Hunt is a great place to keep up with new productivity apps, useful tools, startups, and more.

7. Feedly:
Feedly is an old school RSS reader (and I hope no one there is offended by me saying that, as it’s really great). 
It’s the fastest reader I’ve ever tried and doesn’t get scared by a gigantic list of RSS source.
It has been around for years and even though it doesn’t get updated often, it’s still the best reader out there.

8. Zolt
A cool little app that lets you define your interests and get a collection of 60 word summaries of the news
A perfect tool for busy people interested in really short summaries of their personalized news feed. 
My favorite feature: did I mention 60 words summaries of the news? ;-)

9. Quora
I bet you all know Quora and use it occasionally when it appears in your Google search results.
I use the Quora mobile app (and the website) because I found that for certain topics - Quora provides a better and faster answer than Google. 


Karma is a nice forum for entrepreneurs: you can ask questions, ask for assistance or provide it to others. 

11. TED
The TED mobile apps the best way to listen to TED Talks. 

More bedtime reading apps:

Tier 3: Productivity Apps

MeisterTask and Trello are at the top of my list, but there are many others: 

12. Slack:
These days you cannot be involved in software development without using Slack. 
Of course, you cannot be a Slack user without having it installed on your smartphone. 

Because all your files should be stored in the cloud and be accessed from your mobile 24/7. 

14. Microsoft Office: Excel, PowerPoint & Word:
I’m a huge fan of modern productivity tools, but when I need a serious report with pivots and distinct counters - I go to Excel.
Even in 2017, and even for iPhone - Excel, Word, and PowerPoint are the best Office tools available. 
My favorite feature: being able to run my animated 200 MB slides deck perfectly on my iPhone and practice my session while on the move.
When people invented the term ‘killer feature' - this is exactly what they had in mind. 

15. Todoist:
Only if you really need a todo list, and only because Wunderlist didn’t get any significant update since it was acquired by Microsoft. 

This one is relevant for Apple users only - Apple Notes has the best synchronization, better than Evernote and all the other folks. 
This allows me to work on 2-3 devices in parallel and continuously maintain my notes without ever having to wait, click the sync button, or solve a conflict. 
  
17. Google Admin
If you're an admin in your company, and uses Google Apps - then this little app is extremely useful for managing admin tasks while on the move. 

If you're an admin in your company, and uses Office 365 - then this little app is extremely useful for managing admin tasks while on the move. 

(and yes, I just copied and pasted that text...) 

I find the app to be much nicer (and faster) than the website version, so I always make sure to have it with me wherever I go. 
Once you define your 3-4 important reports you can access them with 1-2 taps. That’s the fastest and easiest way to get those stats.  

20. MixPanel
Same as google Analytics, with a slight advantage in mobile apps. 
This is a relatively new app and keeps getting better with some useful real-time conversion changes alerts and more. 

21. TestFlight, iTunes Connect and Diawi:
If you are developing (or testing) iOS apps you already know you can’t get far without these guys. 

22. Fabric
If your product uses one of Fabric’s SDKs (now part of Google) - you will enjoy getting all sorts if interesting statistics straight to your smartphone. 
We use Crashlytics and the mobile app provides all the important stuff we need whenever a new crash is found. 
Because you never know when you’ll need to promote a post or answer a nasty comment. 
Social activities happen 24/7, on an hourly basis, so having access to these capabilities form a smartphone just makes sense. 

Let's say you encounter a bug in your app: you take a screenshot, open PinPoint, draw some lines/text on top of it, and attach it to a Trello card. Easy. 

25. Skype
Only if you insist on having low quality online meetings with a product everyone uses… 

26. Zoom
Only if you are tired of Skype and want something new. 

27. CrunchBase
Got an interesting email or lead from someone you want to do business with? CrunchBase is a great place to find the information you won’t always find on LinkedIn (founders, investors, connections, innovative startups and the people behind them). 
CrunchBase mobile app

28. Blogging apps: WordPress and BlogTouch Pro
If you have a blog and want to manage it and post from your smartphone than WordPress is an amazing app (for WordPress) and BlogTouch Pro does the trick for Blogger. 

Tier 4: Email Apps 

You cannot really talk about productivity without mentioning email. Believe it or not, I currently have 34 email apps installed on my iPhone (I tried developing an email app in the past and keep investigating email ever since), but I use only 3-4 of them on a daily basis: 


    


29. Notion
Notion is probably not as famous as other email apps, but it’s definitely my favorite
Few reasons why I like Notion more than other email apps: 
  1. It’s has the best UI, and when you spend so much time using an app - you want a good user experience. 
  2. It has a really smart way of cleaning low priority emails semi-automatically. 
  3. It has a ‘Radar’ view that keeps track of all open threads that require follow ups, answers and other activities - automatically. 
So if you are looking for winning email app - I strongly recommend you give Notion a try. 
30. Unroll.Me:
Let’s admit it: most of us have at least one old gmail account we use to sign up to services. It usually gets spammed and becomes a mess. 
Unroll.Me lets you unsubscribe from annoying newsletters in "tinder-style" swipes. 
Just swipe left to unsubscribe, or right to keep. It's the fastest and easiest way to clean your spammy inbox. 

Microsoft is turning Outlook into an ‘all-in-one’ email app including a calendar (some of the sunrise legacy) and a contact list.
I am not a huge fan of multi-functional apps on mobile but the email part is still one of the best ones out there.

32. Spark:
Spark has some really cool features that can help you manage your overflowing inbox. 
Although I usually don’t use it on my iPhone - I recently discovered that the desktop version is simply amazing. 
Check it out, you might find the solution to your ever growing inbox.  


Tier 5: Calendar Apps 

I still haven't gotten over the early death of Sunrise. 
I tried around 15 different calendar apps since and can honestly say none of them are quite as good as Sunrise was. 
Nevertheless, life moves on, so here are my favorite calendar apps: 

      

Timepage is the best looking app in the history of all mobile apps. And I'm not joking. 
Created by Moleskine (the notebooks dudes) - Timepage is a must have app for anyone who has anything to do with software or just design. 
It’s unique, it has the perfect animations and gestures, it's colorful, it's amazing in every aspect of it. 
It's a university of UI. 
It’s a gorgeous app! 
Only problem is - it’s kind of weird, which means you might get all excited at first but not sure you'll actually use it.
  
If you are using Google Apps then using Google Calendar on your smartphone makes a lot of sense. 
Google Calendar is not even close to Sunrise but some people prefer it over the default iPhone calendar app.

A nice alternative to the standard calendar app, Tiny Calendar has no less than 8 great looking views that show the schedule.

36. Meetup 
The meetup mobile app lets you follow, register, participate and get more out of meetup groups.
A must have app for anyone who likes meetups.

For events and conferences - the Eventbrite app can really become helpful. 
The app allows you to register, see the agenda, speakers, participants, and much more. 


Tier 6: The ‘You’ll Thank Me For That’ Apps

Tools every iPhone owner needs: 

   

38. Simpler:
There are hundreds of contact managers out there, Simpler is the best one I found so far and a totally free one. 
If your contacts list is messy, includes duplicates and other crap - Simpler will do the trick.  

39. BlockBear:
Popup ads are twice annoying when you're browsing with your smartphone. 
BlockBear is a great little app that will protect your iPhone from any unwanted popup ad. 

40. Copied:
A great little tool to store your copied text inside a widget. 
Copied keeps a history of your clipboard so that whenever you wish to paste multiple stuff - it's there for you. 

41. Cheatsheet 
A cool tool that stores those little things you keep forgetting, such as your car registration plate, departure gates, addresses, and more.
Cheatsheet stores it on both your iPhone (widget) and your Apple Watch so the data is super easy to access. 


Tier 7: Entertainment Apps

42. Shazam:
If you don’t have it yet… well, dude, you are weird.
A must have app. 
  
43. IMDb
God how I love IMDb! I can spend hours reading about new movies, find out where the actors played previously, and get all the information I need before (and while) watching a movie. 
If I need to pick 10 apps to take to a lonely island - IMDb is definitely one of them. 
44. AllMusic
The only app in the list that isn’t really an app (due to "cost of licensing the music information"). 
AllMusic is the IMDb of music, so if you care about your music, your favorite artists, their records, their discography and followers - navigate to www.allmusic.com and save the link to your home screen so it’s almost like using an app. 

45. YouTube:
Because a native app is always better than using the website. 

46. Gymaholic:
There are many workout apps - I like Gymaholic the most.
It's totally free and provides a very good set of functionality packed inside a great UI. 
Oh, and there’s also a bonus: an Apple Watch app that actually takes control over your gym training. Cool. 


Tier 8: Photo Editing Apps  

Here are 4 apps that will cover most of your needs when it comes to photo editing: 

    

47. GifsArt
GifsArt is a fun app to create animated gifs. 
The app I use when I want to turn a collection of photos into a great looking gif (including texts, special effects, stickers and more). 
Easy to use, features rich, great sharing options.

48. Prisma
Turns any photo into a piece of art.

This app has 1 use only: take a photo and add a blur effect.
I use it when I want to turn a photo into a wallpaper, but want it to look sharp on the lock screen and slightly blurred on the home screen. 

50. Canva
Canva is another great photo editing app. 
It has a wide range of features, but the ones I like the most is adding elements on top of my photos. 
Easy, simple to use, and totally free. 


So there you have it.
50 mobile apps that would turn your iPhone into a productivity beast. A remote control to your entire world.
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Jan 28, 2017

I Finally Found The Best Email App for Mac!


Few years ago I switched from Windows to Mac.
I had to find a solution for 3 Windows-based tools I just couldn't work without:

  1. Excel (if you use Excel's power tools you KNOW there are no alternatives out there).
  2. PowerPoint (I build all my presentations with PowerPoint. Luckily enough, Microsoft's Office for Mac includes a pretty good version of it).
  3. Outlook (I hate Apple's stock email app: it's gray, basic, and misses some important features). 


I managed to solve my Excel problem only by installing Parallels Desktop and have it available whenever I need to do some heavy Excel lifting.

The email problem on the other hand, was something I couldn't solve for over a year.

Despite switching to modern project management tools and team collaboration apps - email is still one of the tools I spend most of my time with. I hate my email overflow, and yet I can't live without it, but I needed an email client I would enjoy using and the stock email app was not the one.

I tried many alternatives: MS Outlook for Mac, Mail Pilot, Unibox, Polymail, Newton, and a bunch of others I don't even remember. Each of them had its' own limitations that turned into deal breakers.

My Needs:

To be honest, I think my needs are pretty basic: an email client that will work with multiple accounts, provide a decent composing experience (with rich text, bullets and embedded images), have a strong and accurate search, and above all - provide a friendly, comfortable, bearable experience dealing with hundreds of emails every day. The volumes and UX are crucial to me.

As a Windows user - I had Outlook, but it's just not good enough for Mac.



Few weeks ago I found out that Spark, one of the best email apps for iOS - had a new Mac version. I downloaded it immediately and discovered a beautiful email client that has the potential to become the best one in the market. 


The Spark Approach: 

Just like the mobile version, Spark has a unique 'Smart Inbox' that categorizes your emails into different groups called 'cards': Personal emails, notifications, Newsletters, Pinned emails, and more.

It's not the first app to categorize emails - but the UI is extremely convenient and helps you quickly scan your inbox and handle the important ones first. 



In addition to Smart Inbox, Spark is also loaded with other features, packed inside a friendly UI that makes it really easy to manage high email volumes. When you spend so many hours with an app - you want the UI the be as cozy and comfortable as possible. Spark does a great job in this respect.

Last, the search functionality is extremely accurate. Once again - when you are dealing with hundreds of emails you need your search to be as accurate as possible.


So if, like me, you don't feel happy with the stock email app - give Spark a try. After trying so many alternatives, I think this is the best app a Mac user can get these days. And judging by Spark's constantly improving iPhone app - I believe the Mac version is going to get even better real soon.

Download Spark for Mac


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Jan 26, 2017

This App Represents Everything I Love About Apple.




Evernote’s redesigned mobile app aroused my curiosity and after a break of 2 years, I decided to give It another try.
48 hours later, my main conclusion is that the new Evernote reminded me, once again, why I love Apple so much.


For years I’ve been using digital tools as my notebook replacement.
It started with Microsoft’s OneNote, but when mobile started to take over, and Microsoft still had issues understanding this new world, I had to switch to a friendlier tool.

I found Evernote; a modern, mobile-first app that had everything I looked for: a simple design, speed, multiple device support, it was perfect for my humble needs.
As I was collecting notes, Evernote was collecting users, fans, API’s, apps, built on top of its’ ever-growing platform, and it became big.

Too big.

Overloaded with features, lists, views, I started to dislike the new Evernote… the cute little app evolved into a monster, while my original requirements remained exactly the same: a digital notebook replacement.

Here’s what I was looking for:
  1. Text editor with simple formatting options: title, subtitle, bullets and numbers.
  2. Checklists — so I can embed my todo’s inside my notes
  3. Seamless sync while using multiple devices (so I can easily switch from my laptop to my iPhone and continue editing my notes)
  4. Offline capabilities without getting too many sync conflicts (useful for flights)
  5. A user friendly UI (spending so many hours on my notes — it has to be good).
Pretty basic needs, and yet, the stronger Evernote got, the harder it was for me to enjoy it. In addition, I couldn’t help but noticing that the synchronization that used to be one of Evernotes’ strongest capabilities — got worse. I started losing data, having to split my notes, manually sync them, etc.

I started looking for alternatives: Trello, OneNote, Wunderlist, Todoist, Any.do, all are great tools for tasks, but none of them could satisfy my notes taking needs.


But then Apple joined the game with a revamped Notes app



I gave it a try and discovered that Apple Notes had exactly what I needed: a simple and clean design, not many, but enough text formatting options and a delightful checklist functionality.

But the best part was the lightning fast, instant synchronization that almost never fails. I found myself modifying the same note from 3 devices simultaneously without any issues.

It just works, as they say…

So I made my choice. I switched from Evernote to Apple’s Notes.
Of course, using a Mac and an iPhone as my primary devices made this choice pretty easy, but I never deleted Evernote; I had a feeling I haven’t seen the last of it.

Few days ago Evernote released version 8.
I gave this version another try and came up with the following conclusions:
  1. Evernote 8 is the best Evernote thus far.
  2. The new UI is brilliant! The navigation bar is very convenient, the shortcuts are efficient. It’s good.
  3. Evernote is significantly more advanced than Apple’s Notes, but most of the features are not in my top priority list.




But Evernote’s synchronization is still not immediate, which means editing the same note from multiple devices might result in a loss of data. To me that’s a deal breaker since it makes Evernote unreliable, and too risky to use.
I remember such issues from older versions but couldn’t believe they still happen in 2017 while all other modern productivity tools offer a seamless immediate sync.

So here I am, writing my thoughts on this… piece of note:

Evernote’s latest version made me thinking about the reasons I love Apple’s products so much.
They may not provide the WIDEST set of features, but they always provide the RIGHT set of features, packed with stability, reliability, and a pleasing user experience.

In software (and hardware) — this is not as trivial as it may sound.


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Jan 7, 2017

How Microsoft PowerPoint Can Be Your Favorite Mockups Tool







If you are a software developer, a product manager, or an entrepreneur developing a mobile app or a website — you probably spend a decent amount of your time designing mockups.
While Photoshop, Sketch, Balsamiq (and others) are great — Microsoft PowerPoint is the one I actually prefer for designing new functionalities.
Here’s how you can turn PowerPoint into a designing tool:

1. Start with some screenshots

The first thing to do is take a bulk of screenshots from your app.
Note: if you are designing a completely new product you can other apps as your reference to size, fonts, and layout.
Make sure to capture elements you can reuse in your new designs, even when working on new completely new screens.

 
Missbeez search result design — card represents an offer from a service provider which the user can enlarge to see more details and read recommendations.

2. Paste your screenshots on blank slides

Paste the screenshots on a PPT blank slides with no template.
If you are pasting mobile screenshots let them fit the slide height. This is the best way to keep one size to all mocks.



3. Do your magic

Now it’s time to modify these images and create your mocks:
  1. Hide unnecessary elements by placing blank rectangles on top of them.
  2. Duplicate elements and crop them to move objects around.
  3. To modify or add text areas, add text boxes. Make sure to fit the font style and size to make those boxes look like in the original app. I usually save a few examples on the side as a backup.
  4. Add graphical objects (lines, arrows, icons, etc.), copy, paste & move them, until you are happy with the results.
Here are some time saver tips & tricks:
  • Reorder layers by using ‘Bring to front’ & ‘Move to back’
  • Copy parts of your UI by using the ‘Crop’ tool (in the ‘Picture Format’ tab).
  • Color your new elements with the original colors of your app by using the ‘Color Inspection Tool’.
  • Align elements using the ‘Align’ options.
  • Distribute elements with equal spaces using the ‘Align’ -> ‘Distribute’ tool
  • Group few elements together to move or copy them as one bundle
Eventually you end up with lots of small elements (created or copied from your original designs) that help you compose your mocks.

PowerPoint makes it so easy to create & redesign mocks, you no longer need a designer to visualize your creative thoughts.

Add captionHere are some of the elements copied or created on top of the original screenshot (Missbeez App)

4. Duplicate your slides

Every change you make to your mocks is a perfect excuse to duplicate the slide. This way you can compare different design directions without having to manually show and hide layers.
I usually place 2–3 mobile screenshots on each slide and end up with 10–15 slides.
Once I have enough options, I ask for initial feedback from users and colleagues.
If you are good in what you do, most of them will select your favorite option.



5. Optional: Hyperlinks

Using PowerPoint’s hyperlinks — you can create interactive mockups by linking buttons to other slides. This is a great capability for demonstrating a workflow.

6. Show off your work

Presenting your work using PowerPoint’s slideshow is trivial and useful when presenting to your team, but the interesting part is to take those mocks back to their original environment: tablets or smartphones (see next section).

7. Back to mobile

I never create or approve any new design without testing it on mobile first, even if I got it from our amazing designer. Things that look great on a big screen can easily look too small or crowded on smartphones.
With PowerPoint you can select multiple elements and group them. This group can be saved as a picture that you can easily send to your mobile device and see how your mocks look and feel like on a real environment .
This step is crucial in order to check font sizes and overall usability.

 
The screenshots in this post are taken from the work on the Missbeez App.














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Oct 31, 2016

Here's Why You Don’t Use iPhone’s 3D Touch





Originally posted in my new Medium Page

How many times have you used 3D Touch since you got your new iPhone?
For me it’s somewhere around 20–30 times total, and for most non-technical people I’ve been talking to NEVER DID!

It has been 2 years since Apple introduced ForceTouch with the Apple Watch (later called: 3D Touch) and it seems like it has not been truly adopted yet.

It’s easy to tell when a feature is a big hit: all the other players immediately copy it.
Touch ID was introduced by Apple few years ago and today similar technologies can be found in almost all smartphones.
Pull to refresh, swipe-down to minimize (for photos) and other gestures — were all quickly adopted by most apps.

This is not the case for 3D Touch.

Up until now, there is no other phone with pressure sensitive touchscreen, and the adoption in iOS apps functionality is slow and often done just to increase the chances of being featured in the AppStore.

I seriously question the friendliness of a pressure sensitive touchscreen. I think it was a wrong direction taken by Apple and it would require some time and tweaks until it becomes popular.


First of all: It doesn’t feel NATURAL

The original iPhones were all about making things simple, elegant and delightful. The functionality came packed in a slick, fun, easy to use touch interface.
3D touch is exactly the opposite: there’s nothing elegant in pushing you finger hard on a glass surface. It’s not a natural thing to do, it sometimes feels a little bit unpleasant, almost as if you are urging the technology to do things for you.


It lacks CLARITY

Clarity is one of the most important things in user interface. Every UI element should “tell” the user what it does and how it works, or as Apple calls it in the iOS human interface guidelines document: “convey interactivity”.
Labels, buttons, vertical scrollable lists, horizontal collections, they all give hints about what will happen when you tap or swipe them.

Clarity was one of the reasons why iOS became so popular by non-technical people; there were no hidden tricks, no right-click menus, no SHIFT+SELECT functionality, so even technophobic users like my mom could easily use and even enjoy it.

The problem with 3D touch is that it contradicts all of those things: there is no visual sign that an element is 3D touchable, so you need to try pressing it hard to see what happens. I often find myself randomly force-touch elements on the screen without knowing what will happen.

But that’s not all: even if an element is 3D Touchable — it’s still not clear WHAT would happen when you force-touch it. Will it open a preview? Will it zoom in? What would be the optional buttons? Will it stay popped up when you lift your finger up? Sometime it does, sometimes it doesn’t.

That’s definitely something that contradicts Apple’s design principles and a bad thing for people who are looking for a simple user interface.


There are very few (useful) use cases

Yes, I do know the keyboard tricks, and I sometimes force-touch a photo. But besides those 2 gestures, there aren’t enough use cases to turn 3D Touch into a winning technology.

Let’s take the app’s shortcut menu as an example. Let’s say you want to compose a new email:
Without 3D Touch you need to: 1) open the app, 2) tap the compose button, 3) start composing your email.
With 3D Touch you can: 1) Force-touch the app icon, 2) tap the quick compose shortcut, 3) start composing your email.
Well, that didn’t turn out to be very different did it? 3 steps each.

In some cases the shortcut menu might save you 1–2 taps, but the tradeoff is that you now need to remember what shortcuts each app provides. There are not standards and it can easily become too complicated to remember, especially if you have hundreds of apps like I do.


3D Touch vs. Long Press

Try downloading an image for a second: you can now do it in few ways: long press opens the download menu, 3D Touch expands the image and lets you do few more things with it. It’s quite confusing and the question is — why didn’t Apple get rid of long press now that 3D Touch is available?
The answer is probably backward compatibility, but for newer iPhones it creates a quite messy experience.


Now What?

It looks like we are “stuck” with 3D Touch. It’s not going to disappear soon, but the technology still has a long way to go.
Apple will probably continue to polish and fine-tune the experience until it feels more natural. Apps developers will hopefully find more use cases and innovative features to develop with it.

It could definitely be that in 1–2 years from now I will find myself writing about how this technology has changed the way I use my mobile devices, but until then, I will probably continue to randomly force-touch stuff… hoping something useful will come out of it.







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Sep 19, 2015

5 Truly useful iOS 9 productivity tips that will make you work faster with your iPhone

 
There are many new features in iOS 9, many of them are designed to make the iPads more powerful and some are specific for iPhone. 
My favorite ones relate to the photos app and Notes. The New Notes app looks like something that will pull me away from the likes of Evernote and OneNote. 
 
 
But leave aside all of those new feature everyone knows about. 
Here are some features that would make you more productive with your iPhone, and help you work faster when you are on the move. Enjoy! 
 

Powerful Search Options: 

There are plenty of new search capabilities in iOS 9. 

Spotlight Search allows you to search directly for apps in the AppStore and inside apps installed on your phone (not just Apple apps like it used to - the entire apps you own). That’s powerful stuff. 

In addition, the settings app now has a top search panel that will let you quickly find the settings you look for. Very handy especially since so many important settings are hidden under the “general” category… 

 

Multi tasking: 

There are a lot of details about the new multi-tasking capabilities for iPads: you can work with 2 apps at any given time (Windows 8 style) and switch quickly from one app to another. 

However, what I find also important is the fact that whenever you navigate away from an app through a link or a button (like opening a link to a website from WhatsApp) - you get a tiny new back button that will take you back to the original app. That’s very useful, and much easier to use than double clicking the home screen to switch manually to the previous app. 

 

 

Wifi Assist: 

Most smartphones give Wifi a priority over cellular even if the Wifi signal is very weak. It means that you sometimes suffer from a slower network since your Wifi signal is weak, but the phone refuses to switch to 3G or 4G. With iOS 9 your iPhone will switch to cellular in the case of poor Wifi network.

This can be turned off if you are really… cheap… but for people looking for maximum productivity I think it’s a real savior. 

 
 
 

Useful New Features in the Photos App: 

There are a bunch of new features in the photos app such as quick navigation, zoom into videos and more. 

2 features that will save you a lot of time is the ability to quickly select multiple photos using swipe gestures and 2 new folders for screenshots and selfies. While most people will love the selfie folders, I actually think that the screenshots folder might become handy to anyone working on apps (developers, QA or designers). 

Oh, there’s also this nice new pull-down gesture to quickly close a photo without hitting the back button. 

Cool.  

 

 
HeadPhones App in Lock Screen:
 
This one is a cool one: connect your headphones to your phone and you will see your favorite music app icon appear in the lower left corner of your iPhone.
It’s great for busy people that are also healthy and spend some time doing sports. 
 
 
 
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