Could artificial intelligence (AI) help you boost field sales?

Could artificial intelligence (AI) help you boost field sales?

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are no longer just the preserve of science fiction. They’re two of the biggest buzzwords in the tech industry right now, as a way of better utilising data to improve workflows. But what does it actually mean for field sales teams? 

Let’s start with the basics. Artificial intelligence is a branch of computer science that enables machines to copy intelligent human behaviour, mimicking jobs that we humans find easy, but computers would find difficult. Machine learning is a further subfield of this whereby machines take lots of data and effectively ‘learn’ for themselves.

A combination of AI and mobile technology such as iPhone and iPad is currently transforming the sales industry, going from a buzzword to something that can actually be used by field salespeople to help hit targets, improve customer interactions, and keep sales managers happy. In fact, AI can contribute to every part of the sales pipeline; from logging call and email activity with customers and the AI platform ‘learning’ patterns for more valuable insights into sales data and customers, to automating admin and non-sales jobs so salespeople can focus on enhancing revenue-generating activities. It’s no surprise then that many real world companies are taking AI on board now, with solutions that have a positive trackable impact and enable digital transformation.

ForceManager Cognitive app

One of the best examples of this in action, giving real world benefits and immediate returns, is ForceManager’s new artificial intelligence (AI) sales tool for iOS, Cognitive. ForceManager – creators of the industry-leading all-in-one mobile CRM – reckon that, on average, salespeople waste 2hrs 45mins every single day driving between client meetings. They wanted a solution that would turn that lost time into actual sales, so incorporated AI into their existing solution to develop a tool that would enable salespeople to work more efficiently and boost sales.

Unprecedented insight into interactions

Step in Cognitive, a revolutionary new sales intelligence tool that, coupled with an iPhone or iPad, aims to help field sales be as productive as possible while on the road. Using natural language processing and speech recognition technology powered by IBM’s Watson technology, Cognitive analyses thousands of realtime data points to provide unprecedented insight into all customer interactions, find out where they should be concentrating their attention, and transform previously lost time into sales.

Ask your personal voice assistant Dana (think of her as a sales-obsessed Siri, just like on your iPhone) any sales query, and she’ll scan back through all your interactions to help plan your day and be better prepared for meetings, all from your iOS device. As the voice assistant can be operated hands-free on iPhone or iPad, it means sales reps can be more productive while driving, and focus on selling.

“The main problem that managers face is a lack of visibility throughout the sales process,” said Oscar Macia, co-founder and CEO of ForceManager. “However, by combining AI with a mobile sales platform we have been able to deliver a whole new level insight to field sales teams worldwide. We’re always looking to work with the latest technology. That’s why we were selected as an Apple Mobility Partner.”

All sounds very futuristic, right? Well, not really – ForceManager is already being used by huge international companies such as Ford, Volvo, Vauxhall, Hertz, Orange and many more, and the Cognitive app for iOS can simply integrate into salespeople’s existing workflow. So if you’d like to boost field sales through the use of AI, get in touch with us to talk about ForceManager, Cognitive and iOS device solutions, and head to the Cognitive launch event to find out more.

Why choose Apple for mobility apps

From sales tools to collaboration and productivity, across industries from retail to aviation, Apple and mobility apps help businesses grow and improve productivity and sales. With over 25 years’ experience, and the highest possible Apple accreditations, we are uniquely positioned to support your organsation, adding that extra level of service to ensure you get set up and can generate ROI immediately. We can help integrate apps into your business systems, provide bespoke, branded versions of apps, training and ongoing support. Find out more about Apple and our mobility partners here.

Want to know more about ForceManager or iOS devices? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email enterprise@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Everything you need to know about macOS High Sierra and iOS 11

Everything you need to know about macOS High Sierra and iOS 11

Apple’s latest updates to macOS and iOS have arrived! From now on when you buy a snazzy new Apple device, it’ll come pre-installed with High Sierra on Mac or iOS 11 on iPad and iPhone, and both OS upgrades are packed full of great new features.

macOS High Sierra

High Sierra provides loads of great enhancements. From added GPU capabilities like machine learning, virtual reality, and external GPU support, to a more expressive Siri, the latest macOS is the best yet.

New features

Apple File System (APFS)

One of High Sierra’s great new features is that it comes with Apple’s new, modern file system, APFS (Apple File System). Optimised for all‑flash internal storage and with an advanced architecture, it brings a new level of security and responsiveness to managing your data.

High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)

Up to 40% better compression than before, the new industry-standard for 4K video is now available on your Mac. Your videos will stream better and take up less space on your Mac, but you maintain the same great visual quality.

Metal 2 graphics

Metal 2 is a technology built into macOS that lets you access the full power of your Mac’s GPU. For High Sierra, Metal 2 not only takes the visual experience to the next level, but also adds capabilities like machine learning, virtual reality, and external GPU support for entertainment and professional creative apps.

Photos

High Sierra makes your growing library more organised and accessible, with intuitive editing tools to help you perfect your images. Filter your photo collections by your favourite criteria, find what you’re looking for quickly and easily with the always-on sidebar, and fine tune your photos with powerful tools like Curves for contrast and colour adjustments, and Selective Colour to make colours more saturated.

Intelligent tracking prevention

Safari now uses machine learning to identify advertisers and others who track your online behavior, and removes tracking data they leave behind – so you can browse in peace without seeing that same ad pop up again and again.

Siri

Siri gets a more expressive makeover with a more natural voice, and more changes in expression, intonation and emphasis based on what it’s saying. It can also learn your music preferences to make suggestions, or play you something to suit your mood.

Upgrading to High Sierra

High Sierra’s powerful new features may make you want to dive right in, but before you rush into upgrading your business to the new macOS, there are a few things to consider.

You may already be aware of some of the challenges your business might face in upgrading to a new OS – needing to control who upgrades when, and ensuring as little downtime as possible. With High Sierra, you’ll also need to consider the impact of the APFS on a mixed Mac estate. While you’d still be able to share files between new and old Macs switching to SMB, AFP won’t be able to share files with the new APFS. This could cause issues if you have different team members using different OSes.

You’ll also need to consider imaging, as you may find yourself needing to move DEP (Device Enrolment Program) workflows or purchase mobile device management (MDM) software to push out images across multiple machines. Finally, before you upgrade your entire estate to High Sierra, you’ll need to ensure that your current infrastructure is supported. If you try to use a monolithic system image, required firmware updates will be missing from the installation. This causes the Mac to operate in an unsupported and unstable state.

To help you get your head around this, Apple have published a Preparing for macOS High Sierra document, which you can download here.

We can also support you in your transition to Apple’s new macOS. If you’d like an audit on your existing estate, we can help you work out how best to transition seamlessly with minimal downtime. Plus, we’ll train your IT staff at the same time on how best to utilise all the new features!

iOS 11

iOS 11 promises to make your iPhone and iPad more powerful and personal than ever. With updated features for everything from Siri to Apple Pay, we had a look at why the latest version of iOS is said to be the most intelligent it’s ever been…

New features

Files

The new Files app lets you easily browse, search and organise all your files in one place, with a dedicated place for recent files, as well as those on other iOS devices, in iCloud Drive and across other services like Box and Dropbox.

Dock (for iPad)

The new Dock is now available from any screen, so with just a swipe you can open and switch apps instantly. Plus, you can customise it with more of your favourites. Recently and currently open apps on your iPhone or Mac will appear in the right side of the Dock.

Apple Pay

With iOS 11, the convenience of Apple Pay is brought to Messages, so sending and receiving money between friends is as simple as having a conversation. You can use Apple Pay with your credit or debit card to send money instantly and securely, and request and receive money just as easily within Messages.

Live Photos

Improved Live Photos mean you can be more expressive and creative in your shots. iOS 11 allows you to turn a Live Photo into a video loop, or play them in reverse with Bounce. And with Long Exposure, you can create beautiful effects usually only possible with a DSLR camera.

QuickType keyboard (for iPad)

You’ll no longer need to switch back and forth between keyboards, as letters, numbers, symbols and punctuation marks will now all be on the same keyboard – just flick down on a key to select what you need.

Siri

iOS 11 makes your personal assistant more personal – and even more intelligent. Siri gains a natural, expressive voice, and advanced machine learning means that it will get to know your tastes and preferences. So now if you ask Siri to play you some music, it knows what you’re going to like – no risk of it accidentally playing Jedward when you’re trying to impress someone.

Control Centre

With the redesigned Control Centre, you can customise the settings for the things you do the most. You can add a Voice Memos control, Home controls, and use 3D Touch in Control Centre to unlock even more commands.

Coming very soon… new emoji

Finally all our campaigning has paid off, and iOS 11 will soon usher in the era of the zebra emoji! Well, that’s what we’re calling it at any rate. There’s also a woman in a headscarf, a dinosaur, a zombie, a bearded man and a breastfeeding woman added to the lineup.

Adding devices to Apple School Manager or DEP

With iOS 11, you can now add iOS and tvOS devices to Apple School Manager or DEP using Apple Configurator 2.5, even if the devices weren’t purchased directly from Apple, an Apple-authorised reseller or an authorised cellular carrier. When you set up a device that has been manually enrolled, it will behave like any other enrolled device, with mandatory supervision and mobile device management (MDM) enrolment. Users will have a 30-day provisional period to remove the device from enrolment, supervision and MDM.

iOS 11 is available now.

Want to know more? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or by emailing solutions@Jigsaw24.com to speak to one of our consultants. You can stay up to date with all the latest from Apple by following us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or by liking us on Facebook.

iOS 11 brings upgraded Apple Pay, Live Photos, Siri and much more…

iOS 11 brings upgraded Apple Pay, Live Photos, Siri and much more…

iOS 11 is here, and Apple promises it’s going to make your iPhone and iPad more powerful and personal. With updated features for everything from Siri to Apple Pay, we had a look at why the new OS is said to be the most intelligent it’s ever been…

New features

Files

The new Files app lets you easily browse, search and organise all your files in one place, with a dedicated place for recent files, as well as those on other iOS devices, in iCloud Drive and across other services like Box and Dropbox.

Dock (for iPad)

The new Dock is now available from any screen, so with just a swipe you can open and switch apps instantly. Plus, you can customise it with more of your favourites. Recently and currently open apps on your iPhone or Mac will appear in the right side of the Dock.

Apple Pay

With iOS 11, the convenience of Apple Pay is brought to Messages, so sending and receiving money between friends is as simple as having a conversation. You can use Apple Pay with your credit or debit card to send money instantly and securely, and request and receive money just as easily within Messages.

Live Photos

Improved Live Photos mean you can be more expressive and creative in your shots. iOS 11 allows you to turn a Live Photo into a video loop, or play them in reverse with Bounce. And with Long Exposure, you can create beautiful effects usually only possible with a DSLR camera.

QuickType keyboard (for iPad)

You’ll no longer need to switch back and forth between keyboards, as letters, numbers, symbols and punctuation marks will now all be on the same keyboard – just flick down on a key to select what you need.

Siri

iOS 11 makes your personal assistant more personal – and even more intelligent. Siri gains a natural, expressive voice, and advanced machine learning means that it will get to know your tastes and preferences. So now if you ask Siri to play you some music, it knows what you’re going to like – no risk of it accidentally playing Jedward when you’re trying to impress someone.

Control Centre

With the redesigned Control Centre, you can customise the settings for the things you do the most. You can add a Voice Memos control, Home controls, and use 3D Touch in Control Centre to unlock even more commands.

Coming soon… new emoji

Finally all our campaigning has paid off, and iOS 11 will soon usher in the era of the zebra emoji! Well, that’s what we’re calling it at any rate. There’s also a woman in a headscarf, a dinosaur, a zombie, a bearded man and a breastfeeding woman added to the line up.

 

Adding devices to Apple School Manager or DEP

With iOS 11, you can now add iOS and tvOS devices to Apple School Manager or DEP using Apple Configurator 2.5, even if the devices weren’t purchased directly from Apple, and Apple-authorised reseller or an authorised cellular carrier. When you set up a device that has been manually enrolled, it will behave like any other enrolled device, with mandatory supervision and mobile device management (MDM) enrollment. Users will have a 30-day provisional period to remove the device from enrollment, supervision and MDM.

iOS 11 is available now.

Want to find out how iOS can impact the way you work? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or Like’ us on Facebook

 

Your mini guide to patch management with Jamf Pro

Your mini guide to patch management with Jamf Pro

Patch management is an integral part of application security, so it should be high on your list of priorities when it comes to your Mac estate. IT admins spend hours scouring the web for software updates, but it doesn’t have to be as complex and time consuming as you might think.

Formerly a repetitive manual process, quality device management solutions like Jamf Pro have made it easy for users to ensure their software is up to date and secure. How does it do this? Well, Jamf Pro automatically notifies administrators when third party software updates are released, bypassing the rigmarole of figuring out what needs upgrading and which updates are available. This is especially handy given that so many popular third party applications churn out multiple updates a month.

Figuring out where to take action when new updates are available can also be tricky, as most organisations with thousands of machines and users are likely running different software versions. Identifying potential software vulnerabilities is a must, but thankfully Jamf Pro provides visibility into the software or app version a device is running, as well as the number of devices operating on a specific patch. All the information is compiled in an easy to understand visual, and reports can be downloaded or bookmarked so you can share your findings with colleagues. From there, you can take action as and when you need to, ensuring the security of your Mac environment.

Jamf Pro's Patch Management interface

Jamf Pro’s Patch Management interface

If you’re looking to take patch management one step further, Jamf Pro allows IT admins to automate update deployment by utilising policies and scripts. We’d recommend using a mixture of packaged scripts to guarantee a successful rollout with minimal downtime and interference.

If you’d like to find out more, you can download our Mac Management whitepaper here. Alternatively, give us a call on 03332 409 365 or email solutions@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and ‘like’ us on Facebook.

 

A look back at the last quarter century of creative technology

A look back at the last quarter century of creative technology

We’re celebrating our 25th year providing products that help everyone from studio managers to graphic designers to video producers stay productive and creative. As part of the festivities, we’re going retro and taking the plunge into a nostalgia pool filled with Zip drives, beige Power Macs, primitive social networks, old school design apps and more! 

Creation and innovation can be a tough business, but it’s worth it. A quarter century of hard work has led to countless milestone moments and tech developments. See for yourself how far we’ve come…

1992

– Roger Whittle founds Jigsaw24. The colour orange is never the same again.

– Animation gains a new dimension as classic horror game Alone in the Dark introduces us all to the joys of 3D polygon character animation, traumatising at least one member of the team so badly that they give up gaming forever.

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– Neil Papworth wishes Richard Jarvis “Merry Christmas” in the first ever SMS message.

1993

– The PDF is born (this may well be the least cool entry on the list, but the ‘compare document’ feature in the latest version of Acrobat DC is a lifesaver, and the new editing toolkit is properly brilliant).

– The internet is born. Cats everywhere shudder but don’t know why…

– NVIDIA is founded; gamers swear by their high-powered GPUs to this day.

1994

– American telecoms company AT&T run the first ever internet ad banner campaign. A single bead of sweat trickles down the forehead of every person working in the print business.

– Photoshop 3.0 is released and introduces the world to layers.

– Iomega’s Zip drive is released.

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– Apple launch their ‘Serious Business Computer’ ad, which we strongly urge you to watch:

1995

– JavaScript is released. Jamie, our Web Designer, says “JavaScript is crucial to web and non-web projects and it’s hard to imagine working without it. But the range of libraries can be baffling, so I prefer React and Angular.”

– Sony releases the first PlayStation, beginning an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency in children.

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– Coca-Cola’s iconic Christmas truck advert airs for the first time. All together now: “Holidays are coming, holidays are coming…”

1996

– The first CSS specification is published.

1997

– Apple encourage us to Think Different for the first time; science responds by cloning Dolly the sheep.

– IBM’s Deep Blue defeats chess champ Garry Kasparov. We know we’re not an IBM outfit, but credit where it’s due.

– Google domain name is registered. We could not have compiled this list without it, so feel compelled to include it.

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1998

– Wacom release the first Intuos tablet. There is much rejoicing. Graphic Designer Liana says “I remember getting my first job and being amazed by Wacom. I’d spent all of my time at uni huddled over an 11” MacBook, trying to do everything on the Touchpad, which obviously has nothing on a nice big Wacom.”

– First ever Google Doodle. Bit rubbish, to be honest.

– HDTV is introduced. Everyone becomes picture quality snobs.

1999

– The mighty Nikon D1 becomes the first DSLR to challenge the market supremacy of film cameras.

– Budweiser asks “Wassup?”

2000

– Post-apocalyptic horrors promised during the Y2K Panic fail to materialise.

– Everyone buys a Nokia 3310.

– Sony launches PlayStation 2, the best-selling video game console ever.

2001

– Apple launch iTunes and OS X, ushering us into the modern era of Mac.

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– Microsoft remove that Paperclip thing from Office. It is not missed.

– Wikipedia is launched. Students everywhere are elated, and nobody wins an internet debate ever again.

2002

– InDesign becomes the first ever Mac-native desktop publishing tool.

– Gartner calculate that one billion personal computers have been sold since their arrival in the 70s.

2003

– The first ever Creative Suite is released, including the all-new Premiere Pro.

– The Dalsa Origin becomes the first commercially available 4K camera.

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– Skype is launched, making video conferencing several thousand times easier.

2004

– Facebook beings its journey to world domination. People Poke each other.

– MySpace arrives, and manages to trick a generation of teenagers into learning HTML by letting you customise your profile.

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– Motorola release the Razr V3 flip phone. It’s really thin.

2005

– Adobe launch Creative Suite 2, featuring Smart Objects.

– The first YouTube video is released. Elephants’ trunks are really cool.

– Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle becomes the first film released on Blu-ray.

2006

– The .gif standard becomes freely available, making written language obsolete and neatly dividing the world into gifsayers and jifsayers.

– Jack Dorsey sends the first ever tweet (and is too edgy for vowels):

2007

– iPhone arrives, and promptly shifts 1.4 million units in its first year.

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– CS3 arrives, meaning you can finally use Photoshop on a modern Mac without having to go through Rosetta.

– Cadbury rehabilitate Phil Collins’ image with their classic drumming gorilla ad, which none of us can believe is really ten years old.

2008

– Nikon’s D90 is the first DSLR to introduce video recording.

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– Artist Shepard Fairey creates the iconic Barack Obama ‘Hope’ poster.

2009

– James Cameron’s Avatar becomes the highest-grossing film of all time.

– Microsoft launches Windows 7, sealing the fate of Vista.

2010

– iPad is released.

– The first commercially available jet pack is launched.

2011

– Adobe introduce Content-Aware tools.

– Wacom introduce the Cintiq 24HD. It weighs as much as a not-so-small child, but we all want one anyway.

– The number of Apple devices sold in this one year is larger than the total number of Macs sold ever. We imagine a lot of people spent this year frantically working out how to make their website responsive.

– Steve Jobs passes away aged 56.

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2012

– The final boxed version of Creative Suite, CS6, is released, which we mention only because our marketing team won a prize for their campaign and have been insufferable ever since.

– Jony Ive gets a knighthood; rumour has it he commented witheringly on the maximalist design of the medal.

– The Hobbit is the first movie filmed at 48 fps. Viewers suffer eyestrain.

– The world doesn’t end. In your face, Mayans.

2013

– Kenneth Grange scores a knighthood, joining Ive as Britain’s most decorated designer.

– Adobe launch Creative Cloud.

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– Film Gravity uses the most complex lighting setup in film history, using a custom-built light box with 1.8 million high-powered LEDs to film zero-gravity footage.

2014

– YouTube announce that they receive 100 hours of new video content per minute.

2015

– Windows 10 is launched, if you’re into that sort of thing.

2016

– Mobile browsing overtakes desktop for the first time.

– Harambe the gorilla dies and is memorialised forever in meme form.

2017

– Carter Wilkinson makes a plea to Wendy’s for a year’s worth of free chicken nuggets. It becomes the most retweeted tweet of all time, currently standing at over 3.5 million.

– Twitter shut down online video service Vine. At least it lasted longer than its videos.

– Jigsaw24 turn 25; immediately has crisis about logo.

If you’d like to find out more about about contemporary creative kit, give us a call on 03332 400 888, email sales@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Here’s why iOS 10.3 is great for business

Here’s why iOS 10.3 is great for business

iOS 10 is now more personal, and more powerful. Apple’s latest operating system is packed with features to make your business day run as smoothly as possible.

Whether you’re running late for a meeting or need to make secure payments on the web, iOS 10.3 is here for your everyday business needs. If you’ve been considering iOS for business or have already made the jump, here are just a few features that could improve your day…

APFS

iOS 10.3 is the first to adopt the new Apple File System (APFS), developed to replace the 30 year old HFS file system. APFS is optimised for Flash/SSD storage and features strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals. Copying files with APFS is noticeably speedier thanks to efficient space optimisation and the updated way the file system calculates capacity.

Dual apps

With iOS 10.3, the way you use apps is changing. It’s now possible to work on two apps at once, so you can move fluidly between tasks for a more productive experience. Siri now works with all your favourite business apps from the App Store, so you can ask it to book a ride or send a payment with ease.

Contextual predictions

Your device is now able to speed up your interactions by predicting the information you want to share, based what you type. When sharing contact information, simply type something like “My number is…” and your details will pop up ready to populate. Or tell someone “I’m available at…” and iOS will search your calendar for your next free space. Perfect for making arrangements on the go.

Updated Settings app

The Settings app has been revamped for iOS 10.3, so you can spend less time hopping in and out of menus to configure your device. Manage your iCloud and App Store configurations all in one unified menu, as well as accessing information on all of your connected Apple devices. It’s also easier to keep your device protected, as the Password and Security menu is just a tap away. Here you can change your password, set up two-factor authentication or edit your trusted phone number to make sure all your business files stay secure.

Maps

Your Maps app is now more intelligent, able to learn your daily commute and check the best route available based on meetings in your calendar. It can also make proactive suggestions on other places you might like to visit and calculate them into your route, so you can easily stop for food, coffee or fuel.

Multilingual typing

Save time when speaking with international colleagues or clients with multilingual typing. Now in iOS 10 you can type in two different languages at the same time, without the need to switch between keyboards. iOS can now recognise any pair of the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. It also supports English and Chinese together.

Apple Pay

With Touch ID and Apple Pay on the web, shopping online is now easier, faster and more private. With the hardware working seamlessly with the OS, the advanced fingerprint sensor recognises you and the software keeps your payment information safe. Simply browse the web, and pay using your fingerprint for a quick and secure checkout.

CarPlay

Switch between apps more quickly and easily in CarPlay to stay connected on the go. Using the quick switcher in the status bar, tap between your communication, Maps and entertainment apps while keeping your focus on the road.

Check out 9to5Mac’s video on the full list of new iOS 10.3 features…

Want to know more about the new iOS 10.3? Give us a call on 03332 409 306, email sales@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news and reviews, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Buyers’ Guide: iPhone for business

Buyers’ Guide: iPhone for business

Using iPhone in business is nothing new. In fact, Apple’s iOS accounted for 66% of enterprise device activations for the third quarter of 2015. That’s compared to 31% Android, and just 2% Windows Phone.*

So clearly uptake is on the rise among business users. But with a range of different handsets available, and with the new iPhone 7 joining the lineup as of Autumn 2016, the question isn’t whether your business should go for iPhone, or whether to upgrade from older iPhone models, but just which model should you plump for?

Each iPhone comes with the same inherent benefits that make them attractive to enterprise – a secure iOS platform, built-in and third party apps for business, integration into the Apple ecosystem and your business systems, and fast, smooth deployment – but a few subtle differences between the hardware and internal architecture could sway your decision on which iPhone is right for your business. Below, we take a look at the current crop of iPhone models, including iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. As always though, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team for advice on iPhone in business, and the deployment services we can offer.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Ideal for: Field teams, creatives and multitaskers.

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With a 64-bit, four core CPU and an A10 chip that’s 40% faster than the preceding A9, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are by far the fastest models in Apple’s lineup. Graphics performance has doubled in speed, and the iPhone 7 is actually powerful enough for creatives to use Adobe’s Lightroom to edit RAW images.

Despite this, it still has the best battery life of any iPhone – a new performance controller balances tasks between two ‘high efficiency’ cores for urgent work, and two slower ones for ongoing background tasks. This is obviously great news for field teams who’ll be using iPhone 7 on the road or onsite, as is the fact that iPhone 7 and 7 Plus now meet the IP67 protection standard for water and dust-proofness.

The improved camera will comes as a welcome addition for creatives and anyone who has to record evidence as part of their workflow. The latest cameras have built-in image stabilisation, a larger sensor for better low light performance. When that fails you, there’s a 50% brighter flash that can sense and compensate for the flickering of artificial light. (Lens manufacturer Zeiss will be releasing a range of lenses and mounts designed to help you capitalise on the creative potential of your iPhone 7).

If you want a device that is primarily for image capture, iPhone 7 Plus has another camera on the back – this time with a telephoto lens, which can be combined with the standard camera to give better zoom performance and achieve the popular shallow depth of field look.

iPhone 7 Plus

– 5.5″ Retina HE display with Multi-Touch, LED-backlit widescreen.

– 1290×1080 pixel resolution

– Available in 32Gb, 128GB and 256GB capacities.

– Available in jet black, black, silver, gold.

Prices start from £599 ex VAT.

iPhone 7 

– 4.7″ Retina HE display with Multi-Touch, LED-backlit widescreen.

– 1334×750 resolution

– Available in 32Gb, 128GB and 256GB capacities.

– Available in jet black, black, silver, gold.

Prices start from £499 ex VAT.

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Ideal for: Businesses who need speed, but aren’t worried about having the latest model or its extra camera.

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus boast a lighter, tougher build than their predecessors, thanks to 7000 series aluminum, ion-strengthened glass, a 64-bit A9 chip, 12-megapixel iSight and 5-megapixel FaceTime HD cameras, faster Touch ID, LTE and WiFi.

The 3D Touch feature, only available on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, senses pressure to enable new gestures like Peek and Pop, which lets you dip in and out of content like attachments without losing your place, and Quick Actions give you shortcuts to the things you do most – a handy boost for anyone who is constantly pinging off emails to the same people, for example.

It uses Apple’s third-generation 64-bit A9 chip, giving 70% faster CPU and 90% faster GPU performance than the A8 chip in the previous generation of iPhone and, in conjunction with iOS 9, will give you longer overall battery life. You can also enjoy advanced wireless technologies including faster WiFi and LTE Advanced, with support for up to 23 LTE bands – the most in any smartphone – for those international business jaunts.

As with the iPhone 6 before it, Apple have given the option of two different sizes for the 6s – the 4.7″ iPhone 6s, and the 5.5″ iPhone 6s Plus. Aside from the size of the screen and the resolution, the feature set is identical between the two, so which size you opt for depends very much on what kind of user you are. If you type a lot of emails and notes, and prefer to see content in a little more detail, then go for the 6s Plus; if you’d prefer something slightly more pocket-sized, it’s the 6s for you. This iteration of iPhone are also the only ones that are available in gold, and the new, fancy rose gold colours, should that sway your decision.

iPhone 6s Plus

– 5.5″ (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen next-generation Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology and Taptic Engine.

– 1920×1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi with 1300:1 contrast ratio (typical).

– Available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.

– Available in gold, silver, space grey and rose gold.

Prices start from £515.50 ex VAT at Jigsaw24.

iPhone 6s

– 4.7″(diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen next-generation Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology and Taptic Engine.

– 1334×750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi with 1400:1 contrast ratio (typical).

– Available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.

– Available in gold, silver, space grey and rose gold.

Prices start from £439 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

iPhone SE

Ideal for: Businesses who want to move to iOS for the first time

iPhone SE at Jigsaw24
If having the hardware design of the iPhone 6 and 6s doesn’t bother you too much, a good – and ultimately more affordable – bet would be Apple’s  4″ iPhone SE. Apple are positioning this as both an option for those users who prefer a smaller phone, and who want a more entry-level option. The small size and price tag doesn’t mean it skimps on features and specs though, matching up to iPhone 6 in most departments, but being more akin to the old iPhone 5 in design.

They’re calling it the most powerful 4″ phone ever, with a 64-bit A9 chip that’s great for graphics- and processor-intensive apps, and their most advanced camera system – 12MP iSight, Focus Pixels, True Tone flash, Live Photos and 4K video capture, plus a front-facing cam with Retina flash to help you get the perfect selfie. Hey Siri, Touch ID and Apple Pay are all present and correct too, with battery improvements and speedy LTE and WiFi.

iPhone SE

– 4″ (diagonal) LED‑backlit widescreen Multi‑Touch display.

– 1136×640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi with 800:1 contrast ratio (typical).

– Available in 16GB and 64GB capacities.

– Available in gold, silver, space grey and rose gold.

– Prices start from £439 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

 

Let us manage your iPhone deployment!

Take the pressure off your tech team – our managed iOS device service is designed to take complete care of any iPad, iPhone or iPod touch deployments in your organisation. You tell us how you want them configured, which applications you want and what level of support and warranty you need, and our Apple-accredited team deliver it straight to your staff, so all they have to do is press the start button. We’ll even provide a dedicated asset tracking app, and training videos and reference docs for your end users.

– Find our more about our managed iOS device service here.

 

Want to know more about iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus, and iPhone SE? Give us a call on 03332 409 306, email sales@Jigsaw24.com or just pop your details in the form below and we’ll be in touch. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

*Source: Good Technology Mobility Index Report

Apple launch iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Apple launch iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Apple’s annual autumn event has delivered two new iPhone models: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. While vastly improving performance, they’ve somehow managed to give you two more hours battery life a day for your iPhone 7 Plus and an hour a day more for your iPhone 6 Plus.

A10 Fusion

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both rock an ultrafast A10 Fusion chip, the most advanced in Apple’s iOS lineup. It’s a 64 bit, four core CPU that’s 40% faster the the A9, and twice as fast as the A8 (that’s what’s in your iPhone 6 Plus and 6, respectively). A new performance controller puts key tasks on two ‘high efficiency’ cores, then relegates background tasks in order to conserve battery life. Graphics performance experienced a similar bump in power, so performance will be two times faster than it is on your iPhone 6. You can even use Adobe Lightroom for on-iPhone RAW image editing.

We say goodbye to the 16GB onboard storage option (presumably because of all the action the new cameras are going to get), with both models starting at 32GB and the iPhone 7 Plus going all the way up to 256GB (you’ll have to opt for a Jet Black model to get the largest size).

The camera and display

The Retina HD display now has a wider colour gamut and 25% brighter display, but the real improvements have been seen in the cameras.

Both cameras get with built-in image stabilisation and a larger sensor for better low light performance (our marketing team are extremely excited about what this means for the quality of their Instagram videos). The back camera on both models now uses a six-element lens and high speed sensor to give you sharper images, and incorporates a 50% brighter flash that can sense and compensate for the flickering of artificial light.

This is all powered by a new ISP chip (the thing that calculates focus, exposure and facial recognition, among other things), which  has three times the throughput of the previous version, and is now performing three million actions per photo in 25 milliseconds. Even the 7MP FaceTimeHD camera on the front of your phone is getting a wider colour gamut and better colour reproduction.

The iPhone 7 Plus has its own second camera

It’s really a very camera-heavy release. The iPhone 7 Plus has an additional camera on the back. While your standard camera has an optical lens with software zoom, but the new one has a telephoto lens. Combining the two different lens types creates far better zoom performance. 12MP pictures are possible via your optical zoom at 1x and 2x, and then software zoom all the way up to 10x.

A very welcome side effect of this? Your iPhone can now depth-map images in order to produce a shallow depth of field effect (it’s called the ‘portrait’ effect in your menu, and will appear as a free software update later this year), so you can enjoy sharp foreground images with excellent background bokeh.

Audio on iPhone

One feature that’s not present? The headphone jack. From now on, Apple’s headphones will connect via Lightning, rather than the traditional jack, and that space is being used to make space for stereo speakers that are 50% louder than your current speakers, and have a wider dynamic range.

While this may be seen as controversial (apparently some people very strongly about having to use proprietary headphones), there are big benefits – the quality of your audio will be better over a Lightning connection, and closing the jack is part of what has made the new model so water resistant.

If you’re still not convinced, don’t worry – you’ll get a free Lightning to headphone jack adaptor in the box, to ease you through your transitional phase.

AirPods

Apple also introduced Apple AirPods, wireless earbuds designed by Mr Ive himself. They use an Apple-designed chip called the W1 to maintain a consistent connection to your devices as you move from one to another. Sensors ensure that the AirPods only play once they’re in your ears, where, as well as playing back music, they can activate Siri when you double tap them. They will last for five hours per charge, and the carrying and charging case they come with will provide you with 24 hours of charge.

A haptic Home key

The Home key has been sacrificed in the name of sleekness and water resistance, replaced by a solid state button which provides haptic feedback when pressed, when you get a message or call, or when you perform quick actions. Some of our team are disappointed to lose a physical button; those who have dropped previous iPhone models in the toilet are not, as it now meets the IP67 protection standard for water and dust-proofness.

Availability

iPhone 7 is available to preorder now and will start shipping on September 16th. Your iPhone 7 is $649 and the 7 Plus is $749. We first saw this in action at June’s WWDC event, but iOS 10 now has an official release date: September 13th. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are available in Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Space Grey and new matte Black and glossy Jet Black colours, which we find pleasingly sleek.

Want to preorder your new iPhone 7? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Why iPhone is an essential business tool

Why iPhone is an essential business tool

iPhone makes a great business companion. It’s an all-in-one device that’s packed with a whole range of key features that boost productivity, improve communication and increase security.

If you’re after the best handset for business use, you don’t have to look any further than iPhone. And because we’re helpful, we’ve put together this rundown of everything awesome about Apple’s signature handset.

Faster technology

iPhone keeps you on your toes, thanks to some of the fastest mobile tech around. The latest iPhone models (6S, 6S Plus, SE) pack the speedy dual-core Apple A9 processor, and boast greater LTE 4G coverage, fast WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. This is ideal when you’re connecting to the internet, file sharing via AirDrop, streaming content to Apple TV, video conferencing over FaceTime, or running a personal 4G hotspot for WiFi on the go. iPhone fits right into any business workflow, whether you’re in the office or out in the field.

Larger screens

Starting with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone have packed bigger screens than ever, with iPhone 6S measuring in at 4.7” and 6S Plus boasting a larger 5.5” display. Bigger is always better when it comes to multi-tasking, allowing you to navigate between apps with ease, organise emails, messages and pictures, and browse the web with minimal clutter and maximum clarity.

Work smarter 

iPhone comes preloaded with 40 Apple apps designed to boost your productivity, over 1.5 million apps on the App Store, and support for specialist apps that link to the back office and fit right into your day-to-day workflow, whether it’s a stock check app for retail or a company-based social networking app.

Continuity

It’s now easier than ever to seamlessly transition between iPhone, iPad and Mac. If you’re on the move, you can start work on iPhone or iPad before moving over to your Mac back in the office. The Apple trio are perfect for a continuous workflow no matter where you are.

Work longer

Over the years, smartphones have gained a bit of a bad rep for battery life. iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have this sorted, boasting impressive battery life and a low power mode that keeps your handset going for up to three hours longer.

Excellent support

iPhone receives unparalleled support from Apple, with regular software updates that provide new features, functionality and security enhancements. You won’t need to worry about upgrading your iPhone each and every year either –continuous iOS updates pretty much guarantee your handset will stay up-to-date. iOS 10 is up next and promises another round of features and innovation.

Hi-res camera

The latest iPhone models feature a 12-megapixel camera, complete with 4K video. With the 12MP camera, you can take high-quality shots of important presentations, as well as brainstorming and idea sessions, ideal if you’ve covered a whiteboard and don’t have time to jot it all down. 4K video is a handy, cost-effective tool for internal communication and production – perfect if you want to create case study videos quickly, for example.

Touch ID

Starting with iPhone 5S, Apple added a neat fingerprint scanner to the home button named ‘Touch ID’. Once you’ve registered your print, only that print (or others you’ve saved) can be used to access the device. It provides faster, more comprehensive security for all your data, including important documents and emails, so even if you lose the handset, all your stuff is secure.

Siri

Siri was first introduced in 2011 and has received a whole range of updates and features since then. Siri is now your best friend when it comes to dictation, hands-free calls, web searches, maps and much more.

Enterprise support

iPhone is perfectly suited for business and offers complete enterprise support. Whether it’s Exchange and VPN integration, app purchasing, distribution, deployment or ongoing management, iPhone makes things nice and easy so you can get on with the job.

For more information about iPhone in business, give us a call on 03332 409 308 or drop us an email at sales@Jigsaw24.com. Alternatively, ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.

Jigsaw24’s top ten tech tips for retailers

Jigsaw24’s top ten tech tips for retailers

Last week, we got our biggest retail customers together in Soho to take a look at some of the best technological trends for front of house and back of house systems. For those who couldn’t make it, here’s a quick rundown of our top tips…

Get closer to your customers with Skyfii
Skyfii’s solutions allow you to transform your guest WiFi into a powerful tracking and engagement tool. You can push location-based marketing to customers over multiple channels, track engagement and dwell time, and then bring all your new data into one place with their IO Connect solution. Learn more here.

Get a tenfold increase in engagement with product imagery
Lytro’s Illum camera uses an entirely new image capture system to give you movable photographs that can be refocused to any point. Research has shown that engagement with product listings skyrockets once your product imagery is interactive – tests have shown users spend 40 seconds on a Lytro image and just four on a static one.

Update your creative workflow
In days gone by, your creative team’s key applications couldn’t run on anything other than a hulking desktop computer. Now, not only can they run the full versions of apps like Photoshop and InDesign on lightweight notebooks, but there are even dedicated mobile apps designed to fit right into that traditional workflow and make getting work done on the road or during a store visit easier. Here’s our designer Simon to explain how.

…and make sure your hardware is up to it
Obviously the effectiveness of your mobile workflow is going to depend on the usefulness of your mobile devices. The current leader of the pack is Apple’s iPad Pro, which boasts an incredibly high resolution screen and enough power for some reviewers to call it a laptop killer. You’ll also need some nearline storage to keep the images you capture and create – here’s a quick guide to your content management solutions and storage options.

Get as much realtime data as you can
Roambi is a fantastic data display app that converts realtime performance data into user-friendly graphs and charts, so your team can see how the day’s going at a glance. (If your team don’t have work phones yet, you can pick up a great SIM-only deal here.)

Start merchandising digitally
If you’re used to sending out black and white paper guides for merchandising, iPad can make things far easier. Load your device with a corporate Dropbox-like solution (such as those from Acronis and bigtincan), and you can easily share things like videos demonstrating different layouts, data on best-selling lines and variations on displays for different regions or demographics. Take a look at our iPad range here.

Try Socket Mobile scanners
Socket Mobile’s lightweight, handheld scanners allow for mobile inventory and stock checking, but can also be used to communicate with front of house staff to ensure new stock is always brought out at the right time. By providing sales assistants with mobile scanners, they can provide customers with accurate information more quickly, reducing dropped baskets and speeding up sales. Here’s a rundown of their range.

Enjoy some time off the road
Some organisations balk at the cost of a corporate iPad deployment, but if you have a regionally-based team, the device can pay for itself within three months as conferencing apps mean you can avoid trips back to HQ, or maintain relationships with regional offices remotely. Pick up an iPad here.

Make learning fun (by fun, we mean ruthlessly competitive)
Bespoke training apps allow you to work instant feedback and gamification features into your product training regimen, so that you can track learning and development KPIs, or even start up friendly competition between stores by publishing scores. Get in touch with our app development team to find out how our RetailEngage24 app can help you inform and engage sales staff.

Got training covered? We can help you with the rest, too…
Our custom-built, platform agnostic apps can support you in tasks including handling customer enquires, putting stock inventory at people’s fingertips, and furnishing sales assistants with pricing, product histories and visibility over the company’s marketing. That email address again: appdevelopment@Jigsaw24.com.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email business@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook