A new partnership between Apple and Cisco should improve the experience for iOS users on crowded Cisco networks and deliver increased integration between Apple users and Cisco's popular communication platforms.
A little more than a year ago, Apple and IBM announced a new, wide-ranging global partnership that has resulted in the development of dozens of new, vertical-specific apps and enterprise integration services.
Though neither IBM nor Apple have been particularly forthcoming with specifics about its partnership, the two companies have been fairly productive in developing new platforms and apps for its customers.
The Cisco partnership too is short on details. The press release includes platitudes a plenty from Apple CEO Tim Cook ("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.") and Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers ("Through this engineering and go-to-market partnership, we're offering our joint customers the ability to seamlessly extend that awesome Cisco environment to their favorite iOS devices. Together, we're going to help teams achieve higher levels of productivity and effectiveness.").
Cisco and Apple will initially focus on improving performance for iOS devices on Cisco networks, as well as extending the "Cisco Unified Communications experience" to the iPhone. Likely, this means your iPhone will speak to your Cisco desk phone, perhaps giving access to voicemail on the go or allowing calls to be seamlessly transferred from your desk phone to cell phone.
Cisco will also look to launch new and improved iOS versions of Cisco Spark, TelePresence, and WebEx—all key enterprise programs.
Both Apple and Cisco are popular platforms among large companies. Like the IBM hookup, this partnership should help companies integrate their various platforms while maintaining security. That's especially important with the revelation this week that more than 200,000 Apple ID accounts were compromised by users jailbreaking their devices.
Having secure networks and devices is more important than ever, and between IBM, Cisco, and Apple, companies can be confident in the security of their mobile networks—that's the pitch anyway.
A Cisco blog post notes that the new partnership will include cross-collaboration between Apple and Cisco engineering teams, with new joint solutions that the sales teams from both companies will offer to their customers.
We've reached out to both companies for more details about the partnership and hopefully will have more to share in the coming weeks.
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Jordan Golson is an Apple Columnist for TechRepublic. He also writes about technology and automobiles for WIRED and MacRumors. He has worked for Apple Retail twice and has been writing about technology since 2007.