Apple and Cisco team up to optimise workplace iOS apps

Apple and Cisco have inked an enterprise partnership to help position iOS devices as the go-to mobile business tools.

The companies claim the deal will "create a fast lane for iOS business users" by optimising Cisco networks for apps on the operating system.

Cisco’s mobile, cloud, and collaboration tools such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence and Cisco WebEx, will benefit most from the improvements as the companies align their mobile strategies – looking to leave Android out in the dark.

Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, said: “iOS is the world’s best mobile platform, and nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the centre of their mobile strategy.

“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.”

John Chambers, Cisco executive chairman, added: “Ninety-five percent of companies in the Fortune 500 count on Cisco Collaboration and Cisco networks to help their teams be more productive.

“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 favourite iOS.”

The duo will also be looking to optimise iPhones and iPads for Cisco voice and video apps to become the default tools of business meetings.