Apple has announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Salesforce which will see the latter bring a redesigned version of its CRM to iOS and a new Salesforce Mobile SDK for iOS. According to Apple, the new Salesforce app has been redesigned in order to embrace the native mobile platform with exclusive features on iOS. With the new SDK, developers can build their own native apps that interact with Salesforce.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, said of the development:
“We’re excited to work with Salesforce and that their industry-leading CRM will embrace native iOS and deliver exclusive new features on iPhone and iPad. With the powerful combination of iPhone, iPad and iOS — the best hardware and software for business — together with native Salesforce apps and the new Salesforce SDK, we can deliver great customer experiences for businesses around the world.”
Meanwhile, Marc Benioff, chairman and co-CEO, Salesforce, said:
“With this partnership, we’re bringing together the world’s number one CRM platform with iPhone and iPad, the world’s best devices for business. Together, Salesforce and Apple are defining a new era of mobile innovation with native apps on iOS, and empowering millions of people with access to Trailhead and the skills they need for the jobs of the future.”
The new Salesforce app has been redesigned in order to give iOS users a rich experience and unique abilities to the platform such as Siri Shortcuts, Face ID, and Business Chat. Aside from the new app and SDK, the two firms also announced a new course on Salesforce’s Trailhead learning platform called ‘Get Started with iOS App Development’ which consists of four modules and takes just under six hours to complete. After completion you’ll be able to build an iOS app using Swift and the iOS SDK.
The Trailhead course is ready to begin today, the new Salesforce app will be ready in early 2019, and the new Salesforce Mobile SDK for iOS will be available by the end of this year.