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Apple can now count the Ford Motor Co. among those who are embracing its iOS platform, as the automaker has revealed it will equip more than 9,000 workers with iPhones over the next two years.




A spokeswoman for the company told Bloomberg that Ford will replace 3,300 workers' BlackBerry phones with iPhones by the end of this year. And over the next two years, 6,000 employees will see their "feature" flip phones upgraded to Apple's best selling handset as well.

Ford representative Sara Tatchio said the company plans to get "everyone on iPhones," citing advantages in security and simplicity.

"It meets the overall needs of the employees because it is able to serve both our business needs and a secure way and the needs we have in our personal lives with a single device," she said.

Ford's announcement comes on the heels of a new partnership between Apple and IBM, in which Big Blue will provide customized services, support and applications for Apple's iPhone and iPad. Apple is hoping the partnership will allow it to capture an even greater share of the enterprise market.

Apple routinely touts the fact that almost all Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying iOS devices. But the company also recently revealed that penetration rates among employees in those companies are extremely low.

As of 2013, Ford had about 181,000 total employees, so the more than 9,000 iPhones the company plans to distribute won't put a huge dent in its workforce. But it is another high-profile example of Apple capturing on the decline of former enterprise king BlackBerry.

Those losses are also occurring in the public sector, as the U.S. Air Force announced earlier this year that it would deploy 5,000 Apple iOS devices to replace BlackBerry devices. The Air Force is planning the eventual retirement of all BlackBerry products carried by USAF personnel.
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blackberry stock surges... /jk
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Look forward to seeing where they use iBeacons to automatically disable phone cameras for sensitive areas of buildings, enforced by policy. Better than the current "put this sticker over the lens".
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But but but Steve Ballmer said it has no keyboard so how are they gonna do email on the iPhone???

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RIM’s down $3.95 today. Hopefully they’ll stay down.

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Look forward to seeing where they use iBeacons to automatically disable phone cameras for sensitive areas of buildings, enforced by policy. Better than the current "put this sticker over the lens".

Our current policy is "you must leave such devices out of those areas".  I dare say that that policy would remain in place even if iBeacons make it possible to automatically disable cameras.  The sensitive places I work in just don't want these sophisticated devices (especially those with transmitters) anywhere within the confines.  There's just too many ways that automatic disabling could be bypassed.  Best to just not allow the devices in.

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Bye Bye Blackberry. Why does anyone still own one? iPhone with iOS 7/8 is streets ahead. RIP.
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Look forward to seeing where they use iBeacons to automatically disable phone cameras for sensitive areas of buildings, enforced by policy. Better than the current "put this sticker over the lens".

Easily defeated by not having Bluetooth on.
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Our current policy is "you must leave such devices out of those areas".  I dare say that that policy would remain in place even if iBeacons make it possible to automatically disable cameras.  The sensitive places I work in just don't want these sophisticated devices (especially those with transmitters) anywhere within the confines.  There's just too many ways that automatic disabling could be bypassed.  Best to just not allow the devices in.

Absolutely. If it's a secure area, no mobile devices period.
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If you work for Blackberry, you better be looking for a new job.
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Bye Bye Blackberry. Why does anyone still own one? iPhone with iOS 7/8 is streets ahead. RIP.

Ha. Cool. Coolcoolcool.
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Next Blackberry will release a press release stating they are unscathed by this announcement.
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"As of 2013, Ford had about 181,000 total employees, so the more than 9,000 iPhones the company plans to distribute won't put a huge dent in its workforce"

I don't think that's a relevant comparison -- why would ford provide a smartphone to assembly line workers? The relevant number would be the total number of white collar employees.
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But but but Steve Ballmer said it has no keyboard so how are they gonna do email on the iPhone???

Man I wish the iPhone had a keyboard, why do company's think that we don't want a physical keyboard anymore.
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Bye Bye Blackberry. Why does anyone still own one? iPhone with iOS 7/8 is streets ahead. RIP.

There is nothing wrong with BlackBery, their new OS 10.3 is very nice. I really don't want to see them go, there isn't many phone manufactures who still produce a mobile with a keyboard. I for one am looking forward to their new Passport and will be the first one in line to buy it when it's released in September. That and the last thing we want is less competition in the mobile world, we need more players not less.
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Do I hear crickets chirping from the Android bleacher seats here on AI?

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Ha. Cool. Coolcoolcool.

Ugh, go away, that's just sick. You do realize that their are human beings with jobs that support their family's behind these company's that you wished destroyed simply because their not Apple. Think before you post and shame on you.
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Do I hear crickets chirping from the Android bleacher seats here on AI?

Blackberry doesn't produce Android devices, I don't get it?
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Interesting...Ford dropped Microsoft's SYNC only to adopt Blackberry's QNX operating system for the console. Seems like Ford ditches the worst technology at the moment.

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Blackberry doesn't produce Android devices, I don't get it?

C'mon Relic, don't you know that every thread has to have a Android mention regardless of the topic? 1wink.gif
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Ugh, go away, that's just sick. You do realize that their are human beings with jobs that support their family's behind these company's that you wished destroyed simply because their not Apple. Think before you post and shame on you.

Relic, I was commenting on "streets ahead". As for wishing ill will, I would never do that.

Let me ask you something, don't you wish greedy banks and oil companies would go away? Don't people work for those companies?
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Relic, I was commenting on "streets ahead". As for wishing ill will, I would never do that.

Let me ask you something, don't you wish greedy banks and oil companies would go away? Don't people work for those companies?

Yea but BlacBerry isn't a greedy oil company, they make phones. Okay, I jumped too l conclusions but it's still getting a little old wishing that every Apple competitor just simply go away.
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Yea but BlacBerry isn't a greedy oil company, they make phones. Okay, I jumped too l conclusions but it's still getting a little old wishing that every Apple competitor just simply go away.

Such disdain for anyone that dared bad mouth the iPhone. What was the CEO of a competitor supposed to say?
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Blackberry doesn't produce Android devices, I don't get it?

 

No, I don’t suppose you would.

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Such disdain for anyone that dared bad mouth the iPhone. What was the CEO of a competitor supposed to say?

I don't care to hear someone bad mouthing any platform. 

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No, I don’t suppose you would.

Okay, then explain it to me.

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There is nothing wrong with BlackBery, their new OS 10.3 is very nice. I really don't want to see them go, there isn't many phone manufactures who still produce a mobile with a keyboard. I for one am looking forward to their new Passport and will be the first one in line to buy it when it's released in September. That and the last thing we want is less competition in the mobile world, we need more players not less.

Doesn't matter if we want more companies in mobile, if no ones buying them, they can't afford to keep the doors open. Maybe they should do more with licensing their OS to others. We have plenty of companies making phones to choose from, no problem there. Maybe you're saying we need more OS's?
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"As of 2013, Ford had about 181,000 total employees, so the more than 9,000 iPhones the company plans to distribute won't put a huge dent in its workforce"

I don't think that's a relevant comparison -- why would ford provide a smartphone to assembly line workers? The relevant number would be the total number of white collar employees.

It isn't.  I used the number in an earlier thread to note to some people that have a concept that the IBM-Apple agreement will unleash the flood gates of new phone sales.  It won't.   This in fact shows that such conversions are so minor to Apple that corps aren't worth pursuing as a HW issue.  The big win (or loss if you were hoping to have your boss pay for your phone) is that IBM brings a iOS BYOD competency that allows big companies to switch from BES (it wasn't the Blackberry, but corporate IT who invested 100's of thousands of dollars learning how to keep BES and Exchange/Notes provisioned and synced and secured to corporate standards).

 

on your 2nd statement "Why would 'X' provide a smartphone for their 'rank and file' work force?"

That's the long game.   What's the killer app to put on an iPad Mini that can help your workforce... I don't know, but each company that commits to iOS as a std platform can develop one for their environment, and the deployment is the same as the CEO's iPhone.

 

I've already professed a USPS postal carrier app, that tracks time and motion, provides address lookup or other hints while on foot, emergency contact, and even health kit based monitoring.   That's 300,000 some users.

 

The win for Apple, is iOS as the standard UI development environment for a corporation, supplanting HTML, and potentially Windows.  That's Big, People.... Big.

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Man I wish the iPhone had a keyboard, why do company's think that we don't want a physical keyboard anymore.

Funniest post of the day!:lol:

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Doesn't matter if we want more companies in mobile, if no ones buying them, they can't afford to keep the doors open. Maybe they should do more with licensing their OS to others. We have plenty of companies making phones to choose from, no problem there. Maybe you're saying we need more OS's?

This is where some of you lose me. Some say 'hardware and software' is the way to go. That didn't work for Palm or BB, and it would lead to more than 5 different OSs if the remaining players tried it. License the OS, and it gets ridiculed for doing what MS did. Seems like a no win situation.
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There is nothing wrong with BlackBery, their new OS 10.3 is very nice. I really don't want to see them go, there isn't many phone manufactures who still produce a mobile with a keyboard. I for one am looking forward to their new Passport and will be the first one in line to buy it when it's released in September. That and the last thing we want is less competition in the mobile world, we need more players not less.

Why is it that when Apple is already in the game, we need more players but when Apple first gets in, the people ridicule them stating epic Fail.
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Blackberry doesn't produce Android devices, I don't get it?

Since developers won't make any worthwhile apps for BB they modified their OS to run Android apps.
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Why is it that when Apple is already in the game, we need more players but when Apple first gets in, the people ridicule them stating epic Fail.

Manufacturers weren't dropping like flies back them. They were all making money. Now there's only 2 making money, and the second one it seems is on the way down. What's the landscape going to look like in a few years? A lot sadder with a lot less players than there were a few years ago. Are you really that indifferent to the signs?
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Since developers won't make any worthwhile apps for BB they modified their OS to run Android apps.

That still doesn't explain the 'crickets chirping from the Android bleacher' comment. Why would they care to comment if Ford switched from BB to iPhone?
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That still doesn't explain the 'crickets chirping from the Android bleacher' comment. Why would they care to comment if Ford switched from BB to iPhone?

It wasn't supposed to, Relic didn't get it. Why would it matter to other Android users? Maybe they had the same aweful BB experience that I did and wouldn't care what happens to BB to matter what apps they run.
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Manufacturers weren't dropping like flies back them. They were all making money. Now there's only 2 making money, and the second one it seems is on the way down. What's the landscape going to look like in a few years? A lot sadder with a lot less players than there were a few years ago. Are you really that indifferent to the signs?

And why is that Apple's fault? If the others want to commoditize their wares, let them. Besides when did profit dictate competition. I thought it was all about "choice"
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It wasn't supposed to, Relic didn't get it. Why would it matter to other Android users? Maybe they had the same aweful BB experience that I did and wouldn't care what happens to BB to matter what apps they run.

Then why did the OP concern themselves with whether or not there were comments from the Android bleacher? The article clearly does not pertain to them. If he had nothing to say about the article, then why derail the thread with a 'Android' comment?
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And why is that Apple's fault? If the others want to commoditize their wares, let them. Besides when did profit dictate competition. I thought it was all about "choice"

Where did I say that it was Apple's fault? The fault is theirs alone. It is all about choice, but in a few years those choices are going to be severely limited.
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Then why did the OP concern themselves with whether or not there were comments from the Android bleacher? The article clearly does not pertain to them. If he had nothing to say about the article, then why derail the thread with a 'Android' comment?

Why don't you ask the person who made the Android remark? I commented on someone who commented on the android post. Calm down.
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Why don't you ask the person who made the Android remark? I commented on someone who commented on the android post. Calm down.

I am calm, but you answered a question that wasn't directed at you. My questions to you were rhetorical.
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