Apple and Cisco ‘optimise’ iOS devices across networks

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Apple and Cisco have announced a partnership to create a “fast lane for iOS business users” by “optimising” Cisco networks for iOS-based devices and apps.

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,” 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 maximise the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love.”

CiscoJohnChambersCisco executive chairman John Chambers said: “Ninety-five percent of companies in the Fortune 500 count on Cisco collaboration and Cisco network technology 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 devices. Together, we’re going to help teams achieve higher levels of productivity and effectiveness.”

Apple and Cisco say they are working together to make the iPhone an “even better business collaboration tool in Cisco voice and video environments”, with the goal of providing employees with a “seamless experience between the iPhone and their desk phone”.

Cisco and Apple will also optimise iOS across mobile, cloud and premises-based collaboration tools, such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence and Cisco WebEx in order to “deliver seamless team collaboration and reinvent the meeting experience”.

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