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IBM today announced it has delivered more than 100 IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps, as part of its partnership with Apple, to 14 industries and 65 individual professions. Specifically named as recipients of the apps are wealth advisors, flight attendants, first responders, nurses, and retail purchasers. Additionally, Apple and IBM are expanding the portfolio to new markets, including consumer products, automotive, aging, and chemicals and petroleum.
IBM is making it easier to build apps in Apple's Swift programming language, by releasing a free tool for coding in the browser. At the same time, Apple's senior software vice president Craig Federighi has offered reasons why Apple recently made Swift open source, as well as where he expects the language to be used by developers, and where Swift could potentially go further into the future after being opened up for use by anyone.
Although to veteran Mac users this will sound like a report from the Obvious Department, an IBM senior executive has revealed that Apple products -- both Macs and iOS devices -- are proving popular with IBM employees under a new employee-choice program, and that users of Apple products need much less help and service, are more productive, and while the up-front cost of Macs are higher than some competing platforms, "every Mac that we buy is making -- and saving -- IBM money."
Over the weekend, Apple CEO Tim Cook took a surprise visit to Turkey on Saturday to be present at the two Apple Stores in the country's largest city, Istanbul, to celebrate the arrival of the Apple Watch to the country. The Apple Watch Sport starts at 1,249 Turkish Lira (TRY), which translates to about $450 US at the current exchange rate. The company now has two stores in Istanbul, a flagship store at the Zorlu Center mall, and another at the Akasya Shopping Center.
The partnership between Apple and IBM that targets the enterprise sector continues a steady stream of new app releases, with 10 more announced on Tuesday that brings the total of the year-old partnership to 32 apps for specific industries. The latest batch include apps designed for managers, business travelers, the mortgage industry, government inspectors, and field technicians and professionals, among others.
IBM has reached a new milestone in the processor manufacturing industry, by producing the first chips using a 7nm process. The new chips will be able to fit more than 20 billion transistors onto a chip the size of a fingernail, far more than possible using current 14nm and upcoming 10nm production processes, with the potential for the chips to not only be more powerful, but also more efficient than those of previous processor generations.
As part of Apple's partnership with IBM, a new deal has been struck with Japan Post Holdings to improve elder care in the country. IBM will combine forces with Apple and Japan Post, which provides insurance and healthcare solutions in addition to mail delivery, to develop software to assist with information transmission, communications with family, and help monitor health parameters of customers.
IBM and Apple, already in a partnership to service the enterprise sector, have announced an expansion of the deal that will see IBM utilizing its Health Cloud and Watson Health initiatives to support and secure data gathered or entered by users through apps using Apple's HealthKit and ResearchKit technologies. The partnership will work with the Watson Health business unit to offer developers a secure place to store gathered health data, and analytics to help researchers analyze it.
Continuing its partnership with Apple, IBM has launched eight new iOS-exclusive apps for its MobileFirst initiative covering a range of industries, including healthcare and enterprise management, airline travel, insurance risk management, and more. Since first partnering in July, the two companies have now produced more than 20 specialized apps, alongside hardware leasing initiatives, analytics, and AppleCare support.
IBM and Apple have used their partnership to release three more iOS apps for enterprise, under the IBM MobileFirst for iOS initiative. The new apps, called Advisor Alerts, Passenger Care, and Dynamic Buy, will join the existing 11 apps already brought out under the partnership, with more enterprise-specific apps expected to launch in the coming years.