IBM to purchase 200K MacBooks for its employees according to leaked video
According to a YouTube video posted by MacRumors, the partnership between IBM and Apple seems healthier than ever, as IBM is reportedly planning to purchase between 150 and 200 thousand MacBooks from the Cupertino tech giant.
IBM employees are currently using Lenovo PCs, and word of a possible purchase of a number of Apple 12" MacBooks in the neighborhood of 50 thousand units, has been circulating since May.
This time, an internal company video featuring an exclusive interview with IBM chief information officer Jeff Smith, reveals plans that could lead to IBM to pen a deal with Apple for as many as 200 thousand MacBook laptops per year.
During the interview, Smith brings to light his account of a conversation with Apple’s own chief information officer Niall O’Connor:
"I'd like to be able to offer these to everyone that can use it. We've got to find a way to make the overall cost the same or lower than PCs to make that happen. Would you be interested in helping me do that, because you guys know these devices", and he said, "No, Jeff, we'd never do that...very secretive, we never allow anyone in. You know, we just don't do that."
And I said, "Well who's your largest corporate customer?" And he said "Well, that customer has got about 25,000 MacBooks a year." And I said, "Well we could be 150-200,000." And he goes "Jeff, that's a great idea! We're gonna come here, you know, next week...you bring your whole team," and that's exactly what happened.
The jest of this video seems to be one more sign that the
partnership between Apple and IBM, penned last year, is going strong, as the two companies continue to collaborate in the development of iOS applications and solutions for business customers, as well as advances concerning HealthKit and ResearchKit applications for the healthcare industry.