Apple and Cisco team up to give iOS a biz boost

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Cisco work phones are getting optimized for iPhone.
Cisco work phones are getting optimized for iPhone.
Photo: Camilo Rueda López/Flickr CC

As part of its ongoing effort to penetrate the enterprise market, Apple announced today that it is partnering with Cisco to create fast lanes for iOS business users that use Cisco networking hardware.

Apple revealed the new partnership this morning, detailing how Cisco’s enterprise environments will provide a unique experience for iOS devices and apps in the future.

“iOS is the world’s best mobile platform, and nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “iPhone and iPad have become essential tools for the modern workforce and are changing the way work gets done. Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximize the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love.”

Apple and Cisco will be working together to optimize their devices to work together more efficiently and reliably so that users can expect even better performance. The partnership will also see the two companies collaborate to make iPhone a better business tool by using Cisco voice and video environment so that the experience between using an iPhone and desk phone is completely seamless.

The partnership will be another big boost for Apple in the business sector, after already teaming up with IBM to make over 100 enterprise apps for the workplace. Cisco networks are used by 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies. John Chambers, Executive chairman of Cisco, says the move will allow teams to ‘achieve higher levels of productivity and effectiveness.”