Apple and IBM partner to launch ‘made-for-business’ apps


Apple and IBM have partnered to develop new business apps and sell iPhones and iPads to corporations.

The alliance, announced on Tuesday, is intended to give Apple – long a force with consumers – greater presence in the business market. IBM, meanwhile, brings a wealth of contacts in company IT departments along with an understanding of what workers need.

The two companies will develop 100 apps for the enterprise for the iPhone and iPad. A new AppleCare service will also be created to help users with the apps. IBM will also add a variety of its services on top of those tool including its security, analytics, device management and cloud services. The goal is to let businesses and employees using iPhones and iPads be more efficient and effective.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement that the marriage of IBM’s analytics and Apple’s iOS systems “opens up a large…

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