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Apple Acquires Device Management Company Fleetsmith

Apple has acquired Fleetsmith, a San Francisco-based company that specializes in solutions designed to help organizations manage the Apple devices used by their employees.

Fleetsmith’s enterprise device management solution automates setup, patching, intelligence and security for Macs, iPhones, iPads and Apple TV devices.

“We’re thrilled to join Apple. Our shared values of putting the customer at the center of everything we do without sacrificing privacy and security, means we can truly meet our mission, delivering Fleetsmith to businesses and institutions of all sizes, around the world,” Fleetsmith said in a blog post announcing the acquisition.

Apple has not shared any information about the deal, but Fleetsmith’s blog post says that the company will continue to deliver its product to existing and new customers. It’s not uncommon for larger companies to acquire the technology of smaller firms, integrate it into their own solutions, and then terminate the smaller company’s products. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case with Apple’s acquisition of Fleetsmith, at least for now.

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Founded in 2016, Fleetsmith has raised over $40 million, including $30 million in a Series B funding round last year.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.