Can a business be run on iOS?

Is iOS Alone Enough?

I’ve decided to conduct an experiment. I would like to discover which businesses can be run efficiently and effectively from an iPhone and/or iPad? What are the limitations? Are there activities that cannot be done on iOS?

I have been watching the news and I believe that Apple will eventually combine the Mac and the iPad so that we can finally have just one device. As a self proclaimed minimalist, I am always looking for more ways to consolidate and downsize into fewer necessary gadgets.


The Convenience of iOS

It would be so much more convenient to only carry around one device, and so much better for our backs! Not only that, to have a smaller device to just grab while I am sitting on the couch, suddenly struck by inspiration. I could grab it out of my purse and start typing. No start up wait time (not that I shut my Mac off all that often), just ready to go out of the gate.

I think the things that hold me back the most are of course web design and graphic design. Don’t get me wrong, I love the new iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil, but it would definitely take some getting used to make that switch now.

I’ll admin that I use my phone a great deal. I’ve had an iPhone since nearly the beginning and the thing rarely leaves my hand. And I get a lot done on there. I can even type an entire blog on my phone, but then there is the SEO and the formatting, etc. It’s definitely getting easier and there are great apps out there, but having an iPad with MacOS on it would make all of the difference.

Have you tried to run or do you run your business solely from and iOS device? Leave a comment below with your advice or feedback.


How iOS Made Me Ditch My PC

Can we do it?

In case you haven’t read my previous post, I’m exploring which types of businesses can be performed effectively from iOS (the operating system on iPhone and iPad). Today I’ll give some background about how I began using iOS more and my Mac less.

I think the biggest challenge that I’ve run into thus far is getting used to working differently when I work on my iPad. I’m very used to my iPhone (on which I write this post) and my Mac. I check emails every day all day on my phone and chat, text, post, tweet and do many other social media tasks, etc., but so often when I finally put it down, habitually I reach for the Mac.


Where it all began…

I stood in line for my first iPhone on July 11, 2008. Oh what a happy day! I didn’t get there until after 2pm so much of the line had died down. With this being the Midwest, I only waited an hour and yes, they were still in stock.

The minute they placed the tiny, adorable little thing in my hands, I knew I could never put it down. And I knew I could never love another. Too far? Oh alright, but seriously, it has been a very important tool in my business, maybe the most important. And learning iOS has been a joy – as much I would say as Mac OS X.

I purchased my first MacBook, a white one, also in 2008. Oh how I adored it too. A whole new world unlocked for me and the horror of the PC quickly forgotten. Too far again? I know, I know. Mac natives have heard this same old tale before. In fact, it’s a common thing to hear from those of us that made the switch so late. I am glad to know both platforms as well as I do, though, but I digress.

As I said, iOS has been A LOT of fun to learn. Honestly I don’t remember what it was like to be without it. I’m sure I’ve repressed those memories. Replacing those old flip/slide phones was easy. Replacing my MacBook, not so much. This will be an interesting subject to explore though and I do so love a good challenge.

I don’t think this is a new subject by any means. I think there have been others who have covered it, but my curiosity is peaked so I must find out.


Are There Apps on iOS that are Equivalent to those on a Mac?

Well that’s a little background into my journey toward all things Apple. I’ll begin to exploring applications, settings and tools that I use on the iPad and how they differ from the equivalent on my Mac.

If you have completely switched or have run your biz from iOS exclusively, contact me. I’d love to interview you for upcoming posts. I’d love to hear your comments on making the switch to being completely mobile also if you use iOS exclusively.