The next iPhone promises significantly longer battery life...and other small business tech news this week

The next iPhone promises significantly longer battery life…and other small business tech news this week

Here are five things in technology that happened last week and how they affected your business. Did you miss them?

1 – iPhone 14 Pro is set for major upgrades in battery life.

The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are due to hit the market on September 16, and the battery life is expected to be greatly improved from the iPhone 13, likely due to the new 5G chip. The battery percentage icon is expected to reappear as well. Other than battery life, some of the other new features expected are an upgrade to the 48MP camera lens, satellite connectivity, and an extensive camera option. (source: laptop mag)

Why this is important to your business:

I can’t think of a better feature to add to a smartphone for business travelers like me than the long battery life. Will we be able to travel for two or three days without fees? Let’s hope so someday.

2 – Instagram plans to reconnect with their shopping features.

Meta-owned social media company Instagram is set to back away from shopping tabs in order to shift its focus to e-commerce businesses that push ads. Instagram will first change users to the platform’s “Tab Lite” page – the least dedicated shopping page – with the goal of eventually replacing the Shopping tab entirely. (source: Reuters)

Why this is important to your business:

Wasn’t it just a few months ago when I asked people to check Instagram for selling products and services? Oh well, scratch that. The platform still has its commercial purposes: you can build an audience, provide useful content or advertise. But selling your products directly from Instagram seems less of an option going forward.

3 – Android 13 is launching a new feature that can help separate work and entertainment data on your phone.

Android 13 has a new, redesigned feature under Work Profiles to keep consumers’ personal data separate from work-related data. The update will have two separate profiles and allow users to open an app and set the profile they want it to be under. Applications that will adopt this feature include, but are not limited to, photo and email applications. Android will also add a smart style that can dictate business terminology and keep it separate from personal spaces. More features for this new update will be announced soon. (source: the edge)

Why this is important to your business:

This may be useful for people who carry multiple smartphones for work and personal use. But will security be enhanced to the extent that corporate security managers bless its use? If we get to this point, there could be significant cost savings for businesses that require multiple devices, not to mention more productivity.

4 – Microsoft does not allow partners to pay by check as of December 1.

Microsoft has released a statement to North American partners – as of December 1Street – They will not be able to pay by check but – instead – will be asked to pay through wire transfers or transfer money from bank to bank such as ACH. There was no official reason Microsoft released this change, although some speculate that this is to help improve efficiency because checks take longer to deposit. (source: record)

Why this is important to your business:

The slow death of check draw continues, although it’s too slow for me. That’s because a lot of my clients still pay their bills by check. Switching to online banking and electronic payments takes effort, and for many small businesses it’s not worth it. Unless, of course, the largest partners/vendors/customers (such as Microsoft) start asking them to do so.

5 – Some restaurants adopt a loyalty reward program in the hands of the customer in order to increase customer retention.

Rubio’s – a casual restaurant chain on the West Coast – has led a loyalty rewards program at more than 150 of their restaurants. The program allows customers to choose where their points are headed instead of a pre-set program. This is in part to combat rising food and service prices. Some have suggested that a subscription based restaurant might be the best way to combat this problem even though it is a fairly new concept. (source: PYMNTS)

Why this is important to your business:

If you run a retail store or restaurant, you must have a loyalty program. So easy. There are many great online apps and services that can easily – and affordably – provide this much-needed way to keep your customers coming back.

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