Businesses, too, have eyes for Apple iPhones and iPads

“Steven P. Jobs never cared much for selling Apple products to big businesses,” Nick Wingfield reports for The New York Times.

“A funny thing happened, though, in the last few years. Big companies started buying Apple products — a lot of them — for their employees,” Wingfield reports. “The iPad and iPhone have given the Apple symbol a presence in workplaces that Apple never enjoyed when it was strictly focused on selling Macintosh computers.”

Wingfield reports, “While corporate technology buyers say Apple does not try to hide the fact that consumers are still its top priority, they note that the company has gotten easier to work with in recent years, adding features to its devices that make them more palatable to business.”

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  1. Let’s see:

    Boston Scientific, a medical device manufacturer that has distributed about 3,000 iPads to its field sales people, and expects to buy 1,500 more by the end of the year.

    Lowe’s, which says it bought about 42,000 iPhones to be used by employees on store floors.

    All of Alaska Airlines’ more than 1,400 pilots now have iPads, and United and Continental Airlines, which have merged, started giving iPads to all 11,000 of its pilots in August.

    Now [Siemens] is outfitting its wind service technicians with iPads, which are light, start instantly and have cameras that let workers send pictures to a technical support department if they need help troubleshooting an issue. About 350 technicians have the device already; within five years, about 5,000 should have it

    Standard Chartered has started to supply as many as 11,000 iPhones to employees, moving workers off BlackBerrys.

    Did I miss any?

        1. It’s ok, I can name it for you. GlaxoSmithKline. No problem, you can thank me later by delivering Minka Kelly to my room. That’ll be the Fairmont in Washington DC. And please don’t fake it by sending Jennifer Love Hewitt.

      1. My Company as well …… Add in six more ……

        Along with the iMacs and iPads we have times six as well and all our employees that see what we have and buy same for home and their kids ….. And the beat goes on …..

  2. The one company that will have the largest benefit of adopting iPads on the shop floor for displaying machine and cable schematics would be Boeing. They’re still stuck on using Dell running Windows. Little wonder then their work practices have been stymied by Microsoftian traits of bloat, slipped timelines and quality control problems.

    1. Whenever I inspect a place in order to prepare a proposal, I always check the server room. If I see Dell, I don’t bother trying to get any business from them, because I offer premium quality and I know they buy shit.

      I’ve had experience with Boeing. If they wanted to buy a thoroughbred, they’d spec a four-legged animal with hooves and a long face and end up stuck with a fucking donkey from the low bidder.

  3. By the way, ANA’s brand new 787 that they took delivery of last week has landing gear extension problems. Imagine pranging your brand new $300 million airplane on the runway because the landing gear won’t lock down. Boeing is becoming the butt of jokes, and rightly so until it gets its manufacturing inefficiencies under control.

  4. Steve Jobs would never do anything for the ‘enterprise’ because he knew that they are/were a bunch of strait-laced pricks, who look at the lowest price for everything, regardless of function or quality.
    His thing was that the Apple line was superb and didn’t need any ‘special’ treatment. He is/was right.

  5. I can conform this as well, my company (Unisys Tech) is getting iPhones in the near future to replace the old, and notoriously problematic WinMo 6.5 phones they currently give us (All I can say: Thank you! Those WinMo phones are GARBAGE). Their just debating if they want to stick with Sprint (who the WinMo 6.5 phones are though) or go with AT&T at the moment.

    Also, on my daily repairs, I am noticing more and more companies here in Cincinnati getting iPads. I saw one meeting where they had one being used for presentations (using the HDMI adapter and using Keynote), and at least three where their discussing buying them for employees and setting them up for employees.

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