Apple and Cisco explore iPhone compatibility

Apple Store“Cisco Systems Inc. and Apple Inc., each of which has a device called the iPhone, are exploring about a half-dozen ways their products can work together, said Cisco Chief Development Officer Charlie Giancarlo,” Ari Levy reports for Bloomberg.

Levy reports, “The companies agreed to share the iPhone name in February, averting a potential court case. Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs and Cisco are now discussing how to make Apple’s iPhone compatible with Cisco’s business and consumer equipment, Giancarlo said. Apple plans to start selling its iPhone, which combines a mobile phone with the iPod, in June.”

“‘We’re optimistic, but it’s still early,’ Giancarlo, 49, said about the negotiations in an April 13 interview in San Francisco. Ways in which the companies’ products can work together ‘are now being investigated by both technical teams,'” Levy reports.

Levy reports, “The talks aren’t centered on making Cisco’s iPhone, an Internet-based home phone, compatible with Apple’s. Cisco wants the Apple iPhone to work with its corporate phone systems, Giancarlo said. A partnership would allow users to get the same services, such as instant messaging and teleconferencing, on their Cisco desk phones and Apple iPhones.”

Levy reports, “In addition to getting Apple’s iPhone to work with Cisco corporate systems, the companies also are looking at ways their products can work together in the consumer market, Giancarlo said. ‘`We’re now in the investigation phase,’ he said. ‘We’ll know more in a couple months.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Under the agreement, both companies are free to use the ‘iPhone’ trademark on their products throughout the world. Both companies acknowledge the trademark ownership rights that have been granted, and each side has dismissed any pending actions regarding the trademark. In addition, Cisco and Apple will explore opportunities for interoperability in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications. Other terms of the agreement are confidential.

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18 Comments

  1. Cisco and Apple will explore opportunities for interoperability in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications. Other terms of the agreement are confidential.

    Notice “security”?

    Cisco is a tool of the US NIS, their routers have been found to contain backdoors.

    “Security” to them means access to the iPhone by Uncle Sam.

    Uncle Sam works closely with many big American buisnesses to gain access or enforce certain things.

    Take Xerox for instance, make a color copy and you’ll see little light yellow dots on the paper. These dots represent a code for time, date and machine number of each copy.

    Take AT&T tapping the internet backbone for the NIS.

    Why has Apple been able to keep their OS so secure for so many years by simply closing ports “out of the box” and Microsoft hasn’t? Because the NIS and US Army Intelligence told them not too.

    Now that Apple has basically a computer and a phone together, Cisco (aka Big Brother’s friend) wants in.

    I’m telling you the truth that major US buisnesses are working very closely with the US Government.

    Apple has been told to “get aboard”, THIS IS WHY MAC OS IS DELAYED! The iPhone software has to be “reworked”.

  2. @ Wiseguy –
    One correction – OSX is more secure than M$’s Windows because Windows is poorly designed by M$’s incompetence and not because the government told them to be design poorly.

    Don’t give M$ an excuse for their ignorance.

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