Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference – Does it Affect Property Management?

As a technology geek, I’m always looking for the latest innovation that will allegedly “make my life easier.” With Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) about to kick-off next week, here are 3 things I’m excited about:

1) New Operating system – There has been much talk about a complete redesign of Apple’s operating system, iOS7. There have been rumors (and plenty of them) that the new design will have a flat and less textured look. This would make sense as Apple is constantly trying to evolve their clean and simple look.

2) New Radio Service – It is believed that Apple will announce a new streaming music service, iRadio, during the conference. This service will go head-to-head with the likes of Spotify and Pandora an allow users to stream music to all of their devices. It is not yet known if users will have the ability to stream and download songs via a monthly subscription, but I doubt that would happen as iTunes generates billions of dollars in revenue each quarter.

3) New hardware technology – While announcements around new iPhone and iPad hardware are doubtful, Apple could unveil the much anticipated iWatch or smartwatch. Wearable technology is quickly becoming the next big thing and if anyone can create the demand for a new sector of technology hardware, it’s Apple. I like the idea of have information available at my fingertips via smartphone, so my curiosity is piqued at how that will translate to a wrist. I’m sure flight attendants around the world are paying close attention as the phrase “turn off your iWatches” will quickly become part of their everyday vernacular.

So what does this mean to the world of property management? As increased information becomes more readily available potential residents’ fingertipse, property owners and managers must quickly adopt these new technologies to help attract new business and retain existing customers.  Non-verbal (or digital) communication is quickly becoming the way tenants & residents interact with property managers. Gone are the days of everyday face-to-face interactions; most conversations are done via text, email, or through a self service kiosk or portal. Whether you like or dislike the change in communication styles, adoption and adaption are keys for future success!

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