iOS developers poised to win big in Apple-IBM deal

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Mobile developers with knowledge of Objective-C and Apple’s fledgling Swift language could be the big winners in Apple’s newly announced partnership with IBM.

That alliance has IBM firmly endorsing the iPad, with Big Blue reselling Apple’s popular tablet device preconfigured with enterprise apps for vertical industries. More iPads will end up at large IBM shops, opening up new markets for iOS application builders.

Some — but not all — iOS developers could have a major opportunity to earn lots of income in the enterprise space, said iOS application developer Christopher Allen, CTO of software developer ReOrientmedia.com. “Working at an enterprise level often requires ‘full stack’ skills, from UX to client engineering and on through to a scalable back end, which is the kind of experience the more indie app developers don’t have,” he noted. “Those teams that have this broader experience will do well.”

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