Once Taunted by Steve Jobs, Companies Are Now Big Customers of Apple

While the original Apple computers were specifically designed for home users, Apple devices have found a home among corporate users of all types. In some cases they are even preferred to traditional Windows based computers and Android tablets for their ease of use and proven security.

Appleā€™s iPhones and iPads have become the preferred mobile computing devices for corporations, as industries from insurers to airlines aim to ditch bulky PCs and give their employees the ability to do their jobs from anywhere using smartphones or tablets.

For Apple, which is struggling to reverse declining sales of its iPhones and Macs and has seen overall revenues drop for two quarters in a row, the corporate market is a surprising bright spot. Sales of high-end iPads to business customers in particular have been strong. Nearly half of all iPads are now bought by corporations and governments, according to the research firm Forrester.

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