Apple has announced it has partnered with Cisco to deliver a “fast lane” for iOS business users, which means the latter’s networks will be optimized for iPhone, iPad and iOS apps.
“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 Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “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.”
Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers said 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies use the company’s networks, and this partnership will help extend Cisco’s networks to iOS devices.
Both companies will working together to make iPhone a better business tool with Cisco voice and video, with an end goal of making employee desk phones work seamlessly with their Apple smartphone.
Apple will help Cisco optimize their experiences for iOS across mobile, cloud and premises-based collaboration tools including the likes of Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence and Cisco WebEx to “reinvent the meeting experience.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal in an interview “It became clear to me that partnering with Cisco would yield the results that would enable us to transform work.”
Cook also said both companies aim to solve the problem of employees having their address books on iPhone instead of their work desk phones, which integration is one of their future goals.