An internal IBM video leaked to news website MacRumors contains footage of Big Blue’s Chief Information Officer Jeff Smith saying that the tech giant could buy up to 200,000 Macs annually for employees. What do they use now? Lenovo ThinkPads.
“IBM to Purchase Up to 200,000 Macs Annually, With 50-75% of Employees Ultimately Switching From Lenovo” is the headline from MacRumors.
Eric Slivka broke the story late Friday.
If the video is authentic, what a slap in the face that would be for Lenovo. The world’s No. 1 PC maker bought IBM’s Raleigh-centered PC business and all the ThinkPad legacy just a decade ago. Many former IBM PC designers and engineers still work for the company, including employees at the global executive campus in Morrisville and design labs in Japan.
The MacRumors report also is the latest in a series of bad-news headlines for Lenovo, including falling tablet and smartphone sales.
The video shows just how close IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) have grown since announcing their joint push to develop apps in July of last year.
And what a new look for IBM …
“The move could change the image of IBM as we know it,” says Apple Daily.
MacRumors said the internal IBM video was posted last Thursday and leaked to the news site. Smith took over as IBM’s CTO last year.
Slivka notes that IBM already had disclosed plans to buy up to 50,000 MacBooks.
Here’s a transcript of a portion of the video with Smith recalling a conversation with Apple Chief Information Officer Niall O’Connor:
“I’d like to be able to offer these to everyone that can use it. We’ve got to find a way to make the overall cost the same or lower than PCs to make that happen. Would you be interested in helping me do that, because you guys know these devices”, and he said, “No, Jeff, we’d never do that…very secretive, we never allow anyone in. You know, we just don’t do that.”
And I said, “Well who’s your largest corporate customer?” And he said “Well, that customer has got about 25,000 MacBooks a year.” And I said, “Well we could be 150-200,000.” And he goes “Jeff, that’s a great idea! We’re gonna come here, you know, next week…you bring your whole team,” and that’s exactly what happened.
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