Apple and Accenture have joined hands to help businesses build better applications for iOS, the operating system that powers Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Apple is pushing hard towards making its software even better for the enterprise sector, and already has an ongoing partnership with IBM. Now, Apple is teaming up with Accenture to bring a new service offering for the business segment.

The plan is to launch a new platform for businesses and to help enterprises unlock new revenue streams, improve customer service and increase overall productivity, all at a reasonable cost. The duo’s plan is to increase the number of tools and services that will help businesses operate more efficiently with iPhones and iPads. These include IoT-specific tools, templates and pre-designed code that will allow companies to create custom software for their specific needs. There will also be a migration service which will speed up the process of transferring apps and data to iOS, and will help quickly integrate iOS into back-end systems.

”Apple CEO Tim Cook noted. “Both Apple and Accenture are leaders in building incredible user experiences and together we can continue to truly modernise how businesses work through amazing solutions that take advantage of the incredible capabilities of Apple’s technologies.”

The first joint team will be based out of San Francisco, but there is no clarity on how many combined teams will eventually be formed.

“Based on our experience in developing mobile apps, we believe that iOS is the superior mobile platform for businesses and are excited to be partnering with Apple,” said Accenture chairman and CEO Pierre Nanterme.

The engineering team will largely focus on frontline apps – the apps that will run on iOS, especially in the retail and banking sectors. Primarily, the apps will be designed keeping in mind on how agents will interact with the customers.

It will also focus on augmented reality through its ARKit that was earlier unveiled at their developers conference. Apple has also been making iOS 11 more business-friendly, with options like a Files app, drag and drop feature across apps and so on.

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