The iPhone X definitely made a big splash when it came out late last year with a bigger screen, more power, and cool new features.
Such a significant upgrade to the iPhone line deserves a mobile CRM app that takes full advantage of its functionalities, so we’re proud to announce that the latest version of the WORKetc iPhone app is now in open beta.
If you’re not an Insider yet, you can opt-in by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by signing up here.
Here’s a sneak peek at the new features and functionalities that we’ve packed into the new WORKetc iPhone app.
Speed Up with Swift
The biggest change is that we’re going through the app’s entire codebase and upgrading the language from Objective-C to Swift, Apple’s latest-generation programming language for modern iOS apps.
One major advantage this brings is that the WORKetc iPhone app has seen significant performance increases across the board—from contacts and leads to projects, timesheets, and support tickets. See the table below for a few examples.
These performance enhancements aren’t just limited to iPhone X. We’ve already confirmed similar speed improvements when running the new version of the app on the much older iPhone 6.
And finally, Swift helps make the app future proof. Rebuilding the app using Swift now means it’ll be easier for our iPhone developers to push out app updates and implement new features.
Full iPhone X Support and UI Improvements
The new WORKetc iPhone app is now able to make full use of the iPhone X’s extra screen real estate so you can get more work done, faster.
In addition, we have a whole host of UI improvements currently in the pipeline to make the app not only faster but more intuitive and easier to use.
These range from new features to small improvements that have a big impact on efficiency.
For example, we’ve updated the old date picker design to make it easier to select dates. Instead of scrolling, you can now do it with just a couple of taps.
The WORKetc iPhone app includes support for custom fields, which allow you to collect extremely specific and even niche information that’s relevant to your business.
A company that sells water coolers, for example, can use custom fields to keep track of the make, model, and even serial numbers of coolers installed each of their clients.
Or if you work at a web development company you can use custom fields to track domain and hosting details for each of your clients.
In the image below, you can see custom fields for contacts and projects, but you’re not limited to just these two WORKetc item types; you can add custom fields to leads, tasks, timesheets, support tickets, and even expenses.
In previous versions of the WORKetc iPhone app, editing multi-line custom fields involved opening a new view.
We’re now making it so that they can be edited directly on screen without opening a new view, which means entering and updating data will be faster and more efficient.
More Security Features
On the current version of the app, you can choose to either automatically log out of the app or stay logged in when you close it.
The latter option means you can get right back to work whenever you need, but for security purposes, there’s also an option that requires you to enter a PIN code before you can actually access your WORKetc data.
In our next iPhone app update, we’re introducing two new login options in addition to the PIN code.
One is Touch ID, Apple’s biometric fingerprint authentication technology. This feature will be available for users of iPhone 6, 6+, and newer models.
The other is the more recent facial recognition system known as Face ID. This feature will be available for iPhone X.
This is just a small taste of what we’re packing into the new WORKetc iPhone app. For other new features and functionality improvements, you’ll need to stay tuned to the WORKetc blog for more details.