What Does the iPhone 5 Mean for Business Professionals?

September 19, 2012 | Brendan Cournoyer
What Does the iPhone 5 Mean for Business Professionals?

Apple’s next-generation iPhone release will ship with a host of new bells and whistles – but will enterprises take notice?

iPhone 5 for enterprise

This was an exciting week for iPhone lovers. Apple debuted the latest version of its popular smartphone device, the iPhone 5. And as with every new iPhone release, the initial question is naturally, “Is it worth the upgrade?”

That question will only be answered in time, though I’m willing to bet that the new iPhone will do pretty well with consumers. As for enterprise users, however, it will be interesting to see what kind of impact is made by the iPhone 5. Despite the undeniable rise in enterprise tablet adoption over the past year, smartphone activations still beat iPads 3-to-1, and the iPhone has quickly become a preferred device amongst company staff.

With that in mind, here are four things that could be of interest to business professionals when it comes to the iPhone 5.

#1. Larger screen. The iPhone 5 will come with a 4-inch screen display, which is slightly bigger than the 3.5-inch display of the iPhone 4 and 4S models. While not a major change, the extended screen size could give business folk more room to work with, making it easier to carry out various business tasks via their smartphones.

(Note: In time, this could also provide even more clarity for those using SlideShark to present PowerPoint slides from their iPhones.)

#2. Longer battery life. This is self-explanatory, but more battery power is always a welcome feature, right? The next iPhone will reportedly last for 8 full hours of phone chatting and web surfing. This is a slight improvement over the iPhone 4S (7 hours, 41 minutes of talk, 6 hours, 56 minutes of browsing), but for busy salespeople on the road, those extra minutes could make all the difference.

#3. Faster computing. More power! Apple states that the iPhone 5 will have twice the computing power of its predecessor with the help of a new A6 processor. Whether that is true remains to be seen, but certainly a faster phone would lead to more productivity for business pros.

#4. It makes the 4S cheaper. As you’d expect, the iPhone won’t come cheap, with the least expensive 16GB model coming in at $199 a pop. On the other hand, the same model 4S will be dropped to only $99, creating a more affordable enterprise option for those who don’t necessarily care about the latest and greatest.

What do you think about the latest features for the iPhone 5? Do you think it will be worth the upgrade for enterprise users? Sound off and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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