Wednesday in CE: Apple and GE Announce a Major Partnership
Corporate or enterprise partnerships are nothing new in the tech world, and they’re certainly not new to Apple. The company has a few different relationships in the tech space with companies like Cisco, IBM, and others. But, as TechCrunch pointed out, the partnership with GE that was announced today feels a little bit different.
That’s because the two companies appear to be working a little closer with one another than any partnership Apple has had in the past. Specifically, Apple and GE will be working together to build a set of development tools and apps aimed at bringing predictive data and analytics from GE’s Predix industrial Internet of Things platform to iPhones and iPads. The partnership brings to developers a new Predix software development kit for iOS.
“GE is an ideal partner with a rich history of innovation across the industrial world in areas like aviation, manufacturing, healthcare and energy,” Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said in a statement. “Together, Apple and GE are fundamentally changing how the industrial world works by combining GE’s Predix platform with the power and simplicity of iPhone and iPad.”