4 iPhone Business Apps to Make You More Productive

The iPhone is a great productivity tool for professionals. Although Apple's built-in apps are pretty basic for business purposes, there are a variety of third-party apps that will keep you organized. Whether you need to manage your calendar or dictate voice memos, iTunes business apps for you. 

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Genius Scan

iPhone app screen
Adding a scanning app to your iPhone can help you keep track of receipts for expense reports. Pexels

What We Like

  • Great reviews — 4.9 of 5 starts after more than 160,000 reviews.

  • Adjusts images and organizes them for you.

  • Export to many different locations.

What We Don't Like

  • Subscription model is a bit pricey for an app of this type.

  • Some users complain of background updates that sometimes restrict free-app functionality.

Traveling for work usually means keeping track of various receipts, business cards, and other documents until you return to the office. Genius Scan (Free) is one option for reducing the clutter. The app uses the iPhone's camera to scan short documents, which can then be sent via email. The paid version is also compatible with Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Docs. Genius Scan uses page frame detection and perspective correction to enhance readability, but I would still limit it to shorter documents like receipts or business cards. Overall rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Dragon Dictation

iPhone dictation app directions.
Enjoy your coffee and draft that email response without missing a beat. Pexels

What We Like

  • Excellent transcription engine.

  • Integration with Evernote.

What We Don't Like

  • Mediocre user reviews.

  • Integration *only* with Evernote.

I was highly impressed with Dragon Dictation (Free), a business app that transcribes your voice memos into text. You can use it to quickly compose emails, text messages, or even update your Facebook and Twitter profiles. The app does a great job of recognizing most words, although you will need to speak slowly and enunciate properly. I would love to see an offline mode and the ability to save drafts, but Dragon Dictation is still a top-notch app. Overall rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Using Dropbox on iPhone
Backup and share files on Dropbox. Flickr/Ian Lamont – In 30 Minutes Guides

What We Like

  • Popular document-sharing tool.

  • Multiplatform capability.

What We Don't Like

  • Relatively modest free-user tiers.

  • Slow sync engine.

Dropbox.com is a popular site for online storage and file synchronization, and its iPhone app (Free) is worth a download. The Dropbox app offers 2 GB of free online storage and the ability to share and sync documents between computers and iOS devices. I also love that you can upload music to your Dropbox account and listen from your iPhone. The only downside is that some large files can take a while to load. Overall rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Business meeting with iPhone and iPad
Staying organized with your iPhone or iPad. Pexels

What We Like

  • Popular and full-featured note-taking app.

  • Multiplatform capability.

What We Don't Like

  • Subscription model.

  • Increasingly eclipsed by Microsoft OneNote and Google Keep, which offer richer toolsets at no cost.

If taking notes is an important part of your work, you'll want to check out Evernote. Its simple note-taking and and organizing system is appealing, and when you add in powerful tools like adding audio, photos, and location data to notes it gets even better. Add automatic web syncing to all of your device, and you've got a powerful tool. Problems in the formatting system may frustrate some, but many will find this free app very useful. Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5.