Apple and IBM are very friendly… now

Macworld Australia Staff
9 November, 2015
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IBM, apple, ios, apps, macworld australiaIn 2002, Apple fired its corporate PR manager for prematurely releasing a Gartner study that found the usage and total cost of ownership around 10,000 PCs and Macs at Melbourne University was about 36 percent less expensive to maintain than PC-based networks.

For those involved in system support, that’s probably not a big surprise.

Fast-forward to today and we’re hearing a similar story. However, this time we’re hearing it from IBM – Apple’s one-time mortal enemy (at least if you believe everything from the excellent movie The Pirates of Silicon Valley).

IBM is planning to deploy up to 200,000 per year according to IBM’s CIO Jeff Smith.


During Apple’s most recent earnings call, Luca Maestri, SVP and chief financial officer, said, “There are currently over 30,000 Macs deployed within the company with 1900 more being added each week. IBM tells us that each Mac is saving US$270 compared to a traditional PC.”

Apple and IBM are working together with Apple trying to make the switch from the consumer market into the enterprise. With the iPhone and iPad already invading the board room and C-suite, Apple is now setting its sights on the rest of the office.

Apple and IBM have been working on bringing IBM’s enterprise applications to iOS recently with some apps even having Apple Watch versions.



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  1. Brian Scott says:

    One thing they won’t be doing on these 1000s of Macs is photo editing now that Apple have dumped Aperture in favour of Photos.

  2. Macworld Australia Staff says:

    Although now that Photos, with El Capitan, supports plug-ins we may find editing is improved as you can use third party tools like Pixelmator.

  3. Martin Coull says:

    How can you compare when you ony give one side of the story?
    “10,000 PCs and Macs at Melbourne University was about 36 percent less expensive to maintain than PC-based networks.”
    What was the previous network? Novell Netware? Was it PC based or Mainframe? Was it Unix Linux or even BSD?

    Very poor journalism if the facts are not there


  4. Macworld Australia Staff says:

    It’s a reference to an old story, provided as some background as to the lower TCO of computers running OS X compared to Windows. There’s some further background here –

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