Apple's MobileFirst partner IBM just announced that their Internet of Things (IoT) platform can now work with IoT processors designed by ARM, thanks to a new partnership between the two companies. Bret Greenstein, IBM vice president of IoT stated that "People can use ARM chipsets to build IoT applications and analytics in an easy, productive way, without worrying about how to glue things together all the time."
According to PCWorld, "The partnership with ARM centers on ARM's mbed line of processors, which were designed specifically for driving low-power, Internet-connected devices.
IBM is also customizing the IoT Foundation for specific industries, such as finance, energy and government. Most recently, the company has revealed a set of services for electronic manufacturers, providing a way to gather performance data from consumer and electronic devices, such as television sets." Some of these "specific industries" have a tie over to those covered by MobileFirst.
In one example found on IBM's Internet of Things Foundation website we see that they're pointing to developers being able to use their iPhone to test out their sample app. IBM redirects developers to this page for the sample app. In the second example shown below, IBM shows a specialized application that's used on an Apple iPad. Will we see IBM's IoT solutions that work on iPad apps eventually make it to MobileFirst? Only time will tell.