Apple has gained further in the enterprise market – riding on the iPhone success.
The iPhone maker also announced the name of the latest customer wins. Apple is gaining new enterprise customers at a time when BlackBerry, Samsung and Microsoft are unable to expand in a big way.
United Airlines has renewed its iPad program with more than 10,000 iPad Air 2s. The airline is also offering Apple iPhones to over 20,000 flight attendants. United Airlines plans to introduce new apps to transform the customer experience and improve integration with flight operations.
IBM released 13 new MobileFirst for Apple iOS apps in the June quarter, including new apps in retail banking and healthcare, as well as new horizontal apps for HR and sales. There are now 35 apps in IBM’s MobileFirst for iOS catalog that connect users to big data and analytics right on their iPads or iPhones. There will be 100 apps to be available by the end of 2015.
Recent notable customer wins include Air Canada, National Grid in the UK and Banorte in Mexico.
In April, Apple, IBM and Japan Post announced a joint initiative to deliver iPads with IBM developed apps and analytics to connect Japanese senior citizens with services, healthcare, community and family. Japan Post hopes to reach 4 million to 5 million Japanese customers with these solutions by 2020.
The number of mobility partners — business software and solution providers — has expanded to over 40. Apple’s mobility partners are developing new and differentiated solutions on iOS across many industries, and attracting very significant customer interest to utilize iPad and iPhone.
Apple sold 4.8 million Macs, representing 9 percent growth — driven by portables.
Apple opened three new stores, second store in Brazil, sixth store in Manhattan, and twenty-second store in Greater China. Total number of global store is 456, of which 190 are outside the United States. Apple will have 40 stores open in Greater China by the middle of next year.
Meanwhile, Apple announced its profits rose 38 percent in the second quarter due to a surge in iPhone sales.
Headquartered in Cupertino, California, the company earned $10.7 billion during this period, its fiscal third quarter, compared to $7.74 billion in the same quarter of 2014, equivalent to earnings of $1.85 per share, reported EFE.
It sold 47.4 million iPhones in the second quarter, 35 percent more than the same period last year and more than double from four years ago.
iPhone sales in China too, more than doubled to $13.2 billion.
In total, iPhone sales contributed $31.4 billion, a 59 percent rise over last year, owing to an average $100 increase in their prices.
“The gap is widening between us and our competitors,” Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said in an interview with the newspaper, the Wall Street Journal.
iPhone, Apple’s flagship product, represents more than 60 percent of its sales.
The company’s revenue also rose 33 percent to $49.61 billion.
Apple did not share information on the sales of the Apple Watch, which they recently began to sell, although Cook said it exceeded internal expectations.