Ap­ple In­sider

Our in­dus­try ex­pert rounds-up the big­gest Ap­ple cor­po­rate sto­ries cir­cu­lat­ing this month

Mac Format - - THE BIG STORY -

Macs are now se­ri­ous busi­ness for IBM

IBM says Macs are for the en­ter­prise

IBM has an­nounced a new scheme un­der which it will help its en­ter­prise clients de­ploy Macs within their IT in­fra­struc­ture.

“Ship­ments of Macs are grow­ing faster than the in­dus­try av­er­age, and the Mac has out­grown the PC in­dus­try ev­ery year for the last decade”, IBM ob­served in a press re­lease an­nounc­ing the new scheme. IBM is cur­rently re­plac­ing PCs with up to 300,000 Macs across its or­gan­i­sa­tion and says it is shar­ing what it has learned about largescale Mac de­ploy­ments with its clients. It is of­fer­ing in­te­gra­tion ser­vices for Mac via the cloud as a SaaS (soft­ware as a ser­vice) so­lu­tion and also on-premises in client data cen­ters to its clients, while JAMF Soft­ware’s Casper Suite will pro­vide en­ter­prise-class Mac man­age­ment tools.

Win­dows for iOS

In sup­port of its re­lease of Win­dows 10, Mi­crosoft has in­tro­duced a set of ‘bridg­ing’ tech­nolo­gies de­vel­op­ers can use to eas­ily port iOS apps to the Win­dows Store. Dubbed ‘Project Is­land­wood’ dur­ing de­vel­op­ment and set to ship in fi­nal form in the au­tumn, the soft­ware makes ex­plicit Mi­crosoft’s at­tempt to main­tain the rel­e­vance of its op­er­at­ing sys­tems by fa­cil­i­tat­ing the process of bring­ing apps across from other sys­tems. This matches CEO Satya Nadella’s fo­cus on mak­ing Win­dows ap­pli­ca­tions and ser­vices widely avail­able on any plat­form and de­vice.

11 mil­lion plus

Ap­ple has an­nounced it has 11 mil­lion ac­tive Ap­ple Mu­sic users even as an EU in­ves­ti­ga­tion found no col­lu­sion be­tween the com­pany and mu­sic la­bels con­cern­ing the launch of stream­ing mu­sic ser­vices. De­spite strong ini­tial in­ter­est, Ap­ple Mu­sic has been crit­i­cised for user in­ter­face in­con­sis­ten­cies and soft­ware bugs. Re­spond­ing, Ap­ple is ac­tively de­vel­op­ing the iTunes ap­pli­ca­tion that drives its ser­vice and rapid up­dates are ex­pected. Mu­sic in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tives had ac­cused Spo­tify of urg­ing the EU to look into the sec­tor ahead of Ap­ple Mu­sic’s launch. Spo­tify has 20 mil­lion fee-pay­ing users world­wide on its Pre­mium tar­iff.

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