“Apple and IBM are the only companies that could partner to develop a new category of made-for-business apps that is truly transforming how works gets done,” said Fred Balboni, IBM General Manager, IBM and Apple partnership. “We set out to transform how millions of workers consume, process and use information when they are outside the four walls of the office. Our goal is to boost the performance of every enterprise by making all its data and processes available to any employee with an iOS device – anytime, anywhere.”Apple and IBM announced an enterprise partnership last summer and released the first ten apps in the MobileFirst for iOS suite in December. MobileFirst for iOS apps are designed specifically for iPhone and iPad in a secure environment, and can easily be deployed, managed and upgraded through IBM cloud services. The other apps cover insurance, telecommunications, energy and utilities for governments and airlines.
Apple's Beats brand in April unveiled the Powerbeats Pro, a redesigned wire-free version of its popular fitness-oriented Powerbeats earbuds.