Last week, Apple released their latest phone operating system iOS 10. While it may be easy to dismiss this upgrade as merely just a glorification of the iMessage functionality there are plenty of overlooked features that are sure to help lawyers boost their productivity while using both their iPhones and iPads. Here is a breakdown of what we think are seven awesome features in iOS 10 that will greatly boost lawyers productivity while using Apple’s mobile devices.
Desktop and Document Sync
Many on-the-go lawyers make a case for doing the majority of their work on iPads, especially with the heightened success of the iPad Pro. If you use this device in addition to a traditional computer, you will now be able to access your Desktop and Documents folder on your mobile devices. These folders will give you a two-way sync between your devices via the iCloud drive. This means you’ll be able to save files directly to your computer from your mobile device and vice versa, saving the need to use some third-party storage apps. It’s important to note, however, that this feature will only become 100% active once you download Apple’s new Mac OS Sierra (available later today!).
Yes, it’s been a long-time coming, but you can now open two tabs in Safari side by side on your iPad. This will come in handy while conducting your legal research and/or simply surfing the web. This features is only available on the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and the iPad Mini 4.
Rich notifications are a big thing in iOS 10. You can now view and respond to notifications without leaving whatever app you’re currently in. You can also interact with notifications directly from your lock screen. For example, you can see a brief history of a text message thread and respond to it quickly with a long tap without leaving that email you’ve been typing. This feature is also available for the iPhone as well.
Apple revolutionized the game with visual voicemail, allowing users to scrub through and rewind their messages. Now they’re stepping it up with a brand new beta feature that will transcribe your messages. Stuck in a meeting and can’t listen to that important voicemail? Fire up your phone app and you’ll be able to read it. Not only that, but you can quickly and easily share the voicemail audio file with the tap of a button.
Time to Leave
For the lawyer on the go, it’s always important to show up to meetings on time. When creating new events on your device in the Calendar app, you can activate the Time to Leave feature. It uses the Apple Maps app to suggest times for you to leave based on traffic conditions and transit options. You can also specify when you would like to be alerted to leave if you want to get to your destination on time.
In addition to being able to beat-box and read you your emails, Siri now has come pretty impressive capabilities. Siri can now control third-party apps. This means you can have Siri hail you a cab or an Uber, initiate a video conference through Skype, or send out a message through Slack. It’s hands-free taken to a whole new level.
Better Access to Settings
Tired of having to dig into your settings app to connect bluetooth, change battery functionality or switch wifi networks? Fear not. Pushing down on the settings icon will give you quick access to your bluetooth, wifi, cellular data, and battery settings, allowing you to manipulate your settings as you see fit.
Want to learn more about Apple’s latest iOS 10 release? Check out their website for more information.