According to Bloomberg News, JPMorgan Chase & Co. is breaking with the tradition of supplying its Wall Street bankers with RIM products by giving its employees Apple iPads. No word yet on if they will switch back when RIM releases the BlackBerry PlayBook early next year.
JPMorgan, the second-largest U.S. lender, isn’t alone in the switch from RIM to BlackBery, but the most damage has been in the smart phone market. Standard Chartered dropped BlackBerrys for iPhones in May. Citigroup and Bank of America are considering letting employees use iPhones instead of BlackBerrys.
Apple unseated RIM in the third quarter as the second-biggest smart phone company worldwide, just behind Nokia, according to IDC.