More blood on Apple iPhone’s Multi-Touch screen: Beleaguered Blackberry stops making phones

“Apple is bolstering its growing business with corporate IT customers through a new partnership with Deloitte, as the iPhone maker moves to capitalise on BlackBerry’s withdrawal from the smartphone market,” Tim Bradshaw reports for The Financial Times. “‘Two big forces, mobility and digitalisation, are fundamentally changing the enterprise,’ Punit Renjen, chief executive of Deloitte Global, told the FT. After Apple has already changed the way people live with its iPhones, he said, ‘we are trying to do that in the way that work gets done.'”

“Wednesday’s announcement of Apple’s deal with Deloitte came just hours after BlackBerry said that it would stop selling its mobile devices in order to focus on software. BlackBerry’s hardware has been in decline for several years despite its repeated attempts to respond to the iPhone, both by switching to touchscreen devices then trying to double down on the physical keyboards for which it is best known,” Bradshaw reports. “‘I think their sales have been fairly low for a while,’ Mr Cook said of BlackBerry. ‘We are very focused on the opportunity and we see it as massive.'”

“Apple has said its annual run-rate revenues from enterprise customers to September 2015 were $25bn, up 40 per cent on the prior year. Mr Cook did not provide its latest figures but said that while enterprise sales were smaller than its consumer-facing business, ‘you should think about the growth rates being higher … Things are going very well,'” Bradshaw reports. “Deloitte itself is a large Apple corporate customer, with more than 100,000 iOS devices and 75 custom-built apps in use across its organisation.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Blackberry was still making phones? 😉

Huh. Well, amateur hour really is over now.

iPhone, killer.

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  1. Does this mean my Blackberry Playbook tablet is now obsolete?

    Seriously, who knew they were still actually making phones? Maybe they will become the new hipster throwback phones. Living la vida Blackberry 2004!

  2. Oh god yeah, I remember those halcyon days when we tried (and failed) to get our Blackberries to connect to the internet, with as Steve Jobs put it “the baby internet” software on the “not so smart” phones, with their “plastic keys” that work only as configured as these keys can’t be reconfigured for each App, that requires a configuration “just for it” …. my memory of the 2007 unveiling of the iPhone is becoming distant because the iPhone has become the “norm” … how those two co-CEO’s of RIM must ruminate over their malaise at the time!!

    Thank god for the iPhone!!

  3. I still remember how Wall Street was claiming how BlackBerry would be dominant in the enterprise for the next ten years with little chance of having any competition. This was around 2009 or so and RIM’s share price was soaring. It seems like the stock split a couple of times in one year. The iPhone was still considered just a toy and not really good for anything. It was claimed a smartphone needed a physical keyboard to put in long strings of passwords to be useful in the enterprise. Yeah, people just loved physical keyboards.

    RIM was also basically a one-trick pony yet was valued so highly by investors. Now look at Apple with its lousy P/E because it’s considered a one-trick pony. It’s odd how what works in favor for other companies doesn’t work in favor for Apple. I’m guessing investors believe Apple will go the way of RIM in a few years.

  4. Such a perfect case of disruptive technology making one company grow exponentially and another previously prominent shot down in flames for their innovation intransigence, stubbornness and complacency. A little too seemingly secure in the knowledge no one could possibly beat them at their game. Oh wait. D’OH! Too late.

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