The iPhone is about to become much more useful for work. That's because Apple has signed a deal with Germany-based business app maker SAP to make the iPhone and iPad more appealing to enterprise users.
The partnership will result in a new software development kit (SDK) made by Apple and SAP that will let developers make business-focussed apps. There will also be a training academy for learning how to best use iOS to benefit users' businesses.
"This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP's deep expertise in business software," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.
"As the leader in enterprise software and with 76 per cent of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad."
Cook also tweeted the news.
This isn't the first time Apple has tried to position its devices as business tools. It currently works with IBM to make iOS apps for various industries and to deploy iOS technology in the field.
Microsoft and to a lesser extent BlackBerry are still seen as the dominant tech companies when it comes to business. We'll have to see whether Apple's consumer-friendly devices can make it big in the workplace.
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