Top 10 Productivity Features of iOS 7 and the iPhone 5s

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Apple is back with new iOS and iPhone updates.

iOS 7 is a revolutionary upgrade to the iPhone’s operating system. It manages to balance the new with the familiar that makes the iPhone so simple to use.

The new iPhone 5s has several new technologies that make getting things done even faster and easier.

Today, I want to share some of the new productivity features of iOS7 and the iPhone 5s.

5 Things I Like About the iPhone 5 (And 5 Things I Don’t)

I have had a week now to put my iPhone 5 through its paces.

It’s no secret that I am an Apple fan.

I have previously written about how the iPhone and iPad have made us more productive.

(Here are 6 productivity features of iOS 6. A list of 12 gadgets the iPad has replaced. And a look at whether or not the iPad could replace your dayplanner.)

So, how does the iPhone 5 fare?

The Best App to Capture Quick Ideas on Your iPhone (& iPad!)

I recently discovered a great app for capturing ideas.

In fact, many of my recent blog posts started as a few random notes that I captured with this app.

It is now in my iPhone dock, right next to my todo list.

This app is appropriately named, “Drafts.”

And it will capture drafts of all your great ideas.

How to Use Your iPad to Manage Your PDF Documents

We use our iPads for more and more uses these days.

In fact, my iPad has almost replaced my laptop.

While I do not use my iPad for document creation, it is a very powerful tool for document review and reading.

Today, I want to show you a great app that makes it easy to manage, review, and even markup PDFs on your iPad.

How To Use Your iPad as a Document Scanner

Have you ever been on the road and wish you could scan a document?

Or in a meeting and needed to share a hard copy document?

However, your scanner was back in your office…

Today, I want to show you an easy solution.

My iPad has replaced many devices and one of those is a traditional document scanner.

6 New Productivity Features Coming in iOS 6

It’s no secret that I am a big iPhone fan.

I use my iPhone for almost all my mobile personal and business needs. As well, my iPad travels with me quite a bit.

This past week, Apple announced the new update for both devices: iOS 6.

After watching Apple’s announcement keynote from last week, I compiled a list of the top productivity enhancements coming in the iOS 6 release.

How the iPad Simplified Our Lives & 12 Devices It Has Replaced

Can you believe the iPad has only been out 2 years this month?

Yet, the iPad has changed computing forever.

The companies still in denial of that… well, they won’t be here much longer.

It is also amazing how much the iPad has changed our lives in such a short time.

It has simplified our work, our play, and even the devices we use.

The Bliss of Airplane Mode

The following is a guest post by Amy Holms of FormFire Glassworks. She’s a part-time blogger, part-time residential designer, part-time jewelry creator and a full-time mom of twin teenage girls. She focuses on modern design, tech and current culture. You can follow her on Twitter @formfireglass.

How many times have you sat down to get to work on a project, only to have the phone ring moments after you ‘got into your groove?’ Or closed your eyes for a quick catnap only to have a text message or email buzz through the haze?

Airplane Mode to the Rescue

For the first couple years of life with my iPhone, the only time I put it into Airplane Mode was on the plane, of course. That’s what the name says, right? I could read books, check my calendar, jot down a note, all without fear of FAA reprisals.

It took me another couple of years to truly appreciate the beauty that is that seldom-used Settings button. Now it’s a part of the phone that I wouldn’t live without. But why use this setting when you can just turn off your phone?

Years ago, your phone was just that, a phone. Maybe you had text messaging, perhaps a sad, difficult-to-use calendar and a contact list. Early smartphones gave a bit more, but the advent of the iPhone and Android phones has changed the way we use this piece of technology. When we turn off our phones, we turn off access to our own information, not just the connection with others and the Internet. We lose the ability to take a photo, see our calendar, browse through our task list, or show a picture to a friend.

The Best of Both Worlds

Sitting down to really focus on a project, but still want to use your Pomodoro timer? Airplane Mode lets you keep apps and your alarms on while limiting distractions from others who want to make requests of your time.

Taking a power nap for 20 minutes? Now you can hear that alarm without finding out about your latest Twitter mention.

Working with people around the world or those next door that insist on texting whenever they think of it, even if it is 2:00am? All those notifications are now off until you decide you’re ready to access them again in the morning.

Having a lunch with a friend and the phone won’t stop buzzing? Turn on Airplane Mode and visit in peace while still being able to share photos and schedule your next get-together. It’s the polite way to go.

I use Airplane Mode multiple times a day, and don’t miss out on a thing. Everything waits there until I choose to let those distractions in. It makes all those down times a lot more focused, and when I plug back in, it is with intention, and responses are given more attention because they are no longer an annoyance to tend with.

Try sliding that little button the next time you’re in a situation where distractions are causing you grief. You might find that Airplane Mode gives you an oasis of calm, if only for a few minutes.

Question: Do you use Airplane Mode? How do you handle smartphone distractions?