IBM ends workers’ Windows PC hell, offers employees Apple Macs for the first time

“After inking a deal with Apple to push iOS devices and enterprise apps to its customers, IBM today started offering employees Macs for the first time,” Jordan Kahn reports for 9to5Mac. “We’ve seen the official IBM notice, and several IBM employees on Twitter are praising the decision after years of PC hell.”

“In a memo to employees, IBM notes that starting today employees can pick from a MacBook Pro, Macbook Air, or a PC when setting up a new or refreshed workstation,” Kahn reports. “IBM notes that it currently has around 15,000 Macs deployed through its BYOD program, but plans to deploy around 50,000 Macbooks by the end of the year. That, according to the memo, would make IBM the biggest ‘Mac shop’ around, and the company said it’s sharing what it learns through the new deployment with Apple as Apple assists through its device enrollment program.”

MacDailyNews Take:
Welcome, IBM. Seriously.

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MacDailyNews Take: Well, folks, we’ve now pretty much seen it all! That’s it. 12 years, 8 months, and 18 days. 51,387 posts. The End. Thanks for coming! 😉

As we have always said, even as many short-sightedly waved (and continue to wave) the white flag, the war is not over. And, yes, we shall prevail…MacDailyNews Take, January 10, 2005

With this news, we know some old-time IBM employees, now retired, whose heads are in serious danger of popping off like dandelions right now. Be careful, guys!

Of course, before we sign off, we’d be remiss if we didn’t end on this for old times’ sake:

Steve Jobs flips off IBM


  1. This has to be a result of the recent Apple-IBM partnership for enterprise applications. How can IBM push Mac/iOS solutions if it does not walk the walk itself?

    Expect to see more Macs, iPads, iPhones, and Apple Watches at IBM and happier IBM employees as a result. Hopefully this flows outward from IBM to the rest of industry.

  2. This is the triumph of the workers “just wanting to get work done” as opposed to dealing with their computers or it staff.

    In one sentence: my iMac automatically does the computer stuff in the background (updates, backups,security and “handoff” between devices) while I do my work in the foreground. The second sentence is that you don’t really realize how valuable a thin, nearly silent, cool computer with a big crisp clear monitor is until you have one. 🙂

  3. Might I suggest that this corresponds with the end of the period of “lock-in” from the sale of the IBM PC business to Lenovo and therefore they no longer have to continue the purchase of Lenovo business.

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