For the past week, I’ve been writing, developing and maintaining websites, and taking care of various design and business tasks using only an iPhone.

This happened as a result of my MacBook Pro being sent in to the Apple Tech Repair center in Johannesburg for diagnosis to see if it qualifies for the Repair Extension Program and if it even needs any repairs. I thought that this would be a great time to conduct a little experiment; to see if I can get all my work done using only an iPhone — and I must admit, thus far I am quite impressed by how much the iPhone is capable of…

I thought that it would be quite difficult to work on web code, design and edit basic graphics, or take care of other business tasks without a proper computer.  As it turns out, all my day-to-day tasks, including web development and graphic design can be done from my iPhone, thanks to iOS and the awesome apps that are available for it.

Using the following apps I am able to get most of my work done. Sure, it’s somewhat frustrating to do certain things on a small screen, but the point is, that all of this is possible using only an iPhone and mobile internet connection…

Web Development using Code Anywhere.

I had to update, edit, and maintain various client sites during the week. I needed something that would enable me to connect to my remote web server and edit HTML, CSS and PHP live on the remote server. After a quick App Store search I found Code Anywhere. It enabled me to get my web-development work done using only my iPhone.

Blogging and updating web content using WordPress for iOS.

This blog post, and many others for various clients, have been written and published through the WordPress iPhone app. Using the app, I am able to update and maintain content on all my WordPress-driven websites using only my iPhone.

Basic Graphic Design using PicsArt Photo Studio.

Basic creative work, graphics for social media, memes, and online advertisements can be created using only an iPhone. I am quite impressed with the capabilities of the PicsArt app. I definitely still prefer graphic design on a proper computer, using industry standard applications on a larger screen, but it’s great to know that in case of emergency, basic graphic design tasks can be done on an iPhone. PicsArt offers a variety of creative tools, and best of all… Layers. While not considered a “professional tool” It’s still possible to create stunning graphic art using the PicsArt app on an iPhone. However, if I was working on an iPad I’d be using Pixelmator, instead.

Customer Support and Consulting using Freshdesk.

I get a lot of emails and it’s often difficult to keep track of everything. I’ve been using Freshdesk as a support ticket and consulting system for a while and they have a really neat iPhone app for connecting and engaging with customers on the go. I can easily manage tickets and even take/make calls through the app. Thanks to apps like Freshdesk, it’s easy to provide professional, organized customer support and consulting services using only my iPhone.

General productivity and time management using Apple Apps.

I get a lot done on my iPhone using productivity apps like Calendar, Notes, Reminders, Pages, Numbers and Keynote — and thanks to having a Bonjour-compatible printer, I can easily print anything that needs to be printed straight from my iPhone over wifi. The Apple apps are a great productivity suite and makes working from anywhere using only an iPhone as convenient and productive as being in an office.

It’s quite amazing how much one can do using only an iPhone. After working on one for a week, I can honestly say that iPhones are highly underrated and that I don’t think any of us realize just how powerful and capable these devices really are. Sure, it’s much nicer to work on a larger screen using a physical keyboard, but that doesn’t change the fact that almost anything can be done on an iPhone. Working using only an iPhone also made me realize how awesome iOS really is and I’m actually considering getting an iPad (for the larger screen real estate) and switching to it as my main production and productivity device. But at the end of the day, even though the iPhone is a capable tool, I did miss my MacBook Pro and I’m glad to be working on it once again.

Have you ever attempted to do your work using only an iPhone (or an iPad)? What are your favorite apps? How was your experience? Let me know in the comments below…

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