Track the companies that matter to you. It's FREE! Click one of these fan favorites to get started: Apple; Google; Ford.



The iPhone and Oracle

So Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) has released the new 3G-enabled iPhone, and with it the shiny new Apple App Store. That's where proud owners of a shiny, new next-generation iPhone go to download extra software, and also where third-party software makers can extend their reach into this presumably affluent demographic. If Apple itself won't go for the enterprise market, then maybe someone else can drag the Cupertino gang in there, kicking and screaming.

Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL  ) is doing its part with a series of secure applications that connect to the company's business intelligence Web services. The iPhone 2.0 can grab and update this vital business data just as easily as the equivalent desktop applications, over an encrypted and secure connection. That's great news for salespeople and business managers who spend a lot of time on the road, especially if their clients expect them to wield a stylish smartphone.

It is also another thorn in the BlackBerry's side. That business-oriented communications gadget from Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM  ) is starting to lose its uniqueness as the iPhone and various Nokia (NYSE: NOK  ) models are getting features like the Oracle connectivity that used to be a defining attribute of the 'Berry. As cell phones continue to get more powerful, they can run an ever more diverse set of impressive software that used to require a specialized hardware platform. Apple is treating its users right by giving them access to these untapped treasure troves of mobile potential, and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) will up the ante with its even more open Android platform this fall.

While Oracle is among the first to dip its toes into these untested but inviting waters, it is hardly alone at the iPhone App beach. Business intelligence rival (NYSE: CRM  ) has published iPhone versions of some of its most popular customer relations tools, and you can bet on a wealth of other business tools showing up soon. When Apple launched its iPhone developer community, the programming tool kit was downloaded 100,000 times the first week alone.

Watch out, Research In Motion, Apple is coming for you. And this time, it's bringing some friends to the party.

Further Foolishness:

Google is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick and Apple is a Stock Advisor recommendation. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days.

Fool contributor Anders Bylund is a Google shareholder but holds no other position in any of the companies discussed here. You can check out Anders' holdings if you like, and Foolish disclosure might get an iPhone, if only Guitar Hero would run on it.

Read/Post Comments (0) | Recommend This Article (2)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Compare Brokers

Fool Disclosure

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 683125, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 10/26/2016 9:50:10 AM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...

Today's Market

updated Moments ago Sponsored by:
DOW 18,072.57 -96.70 -0.53%
S&P 500 2,133.55 -9.61 -0.45%
NASD 5,253.49 -29.91 -0.57%

Create My Watchlist

Go to My Watchlist

You don't seem to be following any stocks yet!

Better investing starts with a watchlist. Now you can create a personalized watchlist and get immediate access to the personalized information you need to make successful investing decisions.

Data delayed up to 5 minutes

Related Tickers

10/26/2016 9:35 AM
AAPL $113.85 Down -4.40 -3.72%
Apple CAPS Rating: ****
BBRY $7.24 Down -0.04 -0.48%
BlackBerry CAPS Rating: *
ORCL $38.27 Down -0.09 -0.23%
Oracle CAPS Rating: ****
CRM $74.59 Down -0.47 -0.62% CAPS Rating: ***
GOOGL $825.71 Down -2.84 -0.34%
Alphabet (A shares… CAPS Rating: *****
NOK $5.09 Up +0.12 +2.41%
Nokia CAPS Rating: **