Apple and Salesforce team up for exclusive iOS mobile app, and new SDK

Andy Boxall

In App Business. September 24, 2018

Apple and Salesforce have announced a partnership that will see the latest features introduced in iOS 12, integrated into the Salesforce iOS apps. The two companies will also work together to create a mobile SDK, enabling developers to build better apps for the Salesforce platform.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said:

“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.”

Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff added:

“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.”

Together, Apple and Salesforce will redesign the Salesforce Mobile app, with features including Face ID and Siri Shortcuts, and it will be released in early 2019. Then they will make the Trailhead Mobile App an iOS exclusive when it’s released later this year. It will come to other platforms later too. The Salesforce Mobile SDK will be released before the end of the year.