Apple is making a big push for the corporate IT market through a partnership with IBM, which will develop iOS apps for its big data and analytics services and promote iPhones and iPads to its clients.
The deal will see IBM, one of the industry's largest providers of corporate IT, develop more than 100 apps and services exclusively for Apple's iOS, the companies said in a statement Tuesday
It will also tailor its cloud services for iOS and provide iOS device activation, supply and management to its customers. Apple, meanwhile, will offer new AppleCare warranty services for enterprise customers.
Apple CEO Tim Cook [cq] said in a statement that the partnership opens "a large market opportunity for Apple."
"This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver," he said.
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