So what do Apple and GE (General Electric) have in common? Well, they’re both on the forefront of IT support. They have been for decades. Apple and GE forms alliance for tech development.
But what will this look like? They’re making tools to develop apps using iOS. But that’s just the beginning. They will also push GE Predix. This is GE’s cloud and software platform. This platform exists because this is how they study data from computers and other industry machines. Already, GE updates Apple devices for 330,000 GE employees. Not only that, they offer the Apple Mac as a preferable computer choice.
But here is what is awesome about this Apple and GE alliance. The software they’re working on can predict failures. So this can stop lots of money loss before it starts. Furthermore, they can build apps on top of Predix software. Therefore, they can now use all Apple systems a lot easier. Yes, this even means iPhone X (though I don’t want to encourage them). How would this be practical? For starters, they can check their equipment on an iPad, and share the data. Then, they can make better choices on what to do about it…together. This will even come down to computer servicing.
I’m going to get the elephant out of the room. Naturally, this Apple and GE partnership will make GE employees more dependent on Apple, and vice versa. Or at the very least, the products will look way more attractive. I’m wondering if Apple execs said, “We better make this deal because if we don’t, Google or another competitor will”. But look at the history of both these conglomerates. Yes, they started a century apart, but both made revolutionary contributions of their day. General Electric did so between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Apple has been doing so since the late 1970s. So should it be a shock they’re making allies now? What will become of it? Should competitors be scared?
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