Apple to show off corporate Mac OS on Wednesday

Apple is set to unveil a new version of its computer operating system for the corporate market on Wednesday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The updated OS is expected to be revealed at the Back to the Mac event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, and the news may surprise many as the technology giant, famed for its focus on consumer products like the iPhone and iPad, delves into the corporate field.

Apple has had surprisingly good success with its iPhone and iPad in the business sector, giving Research In Motion, which has been king of the smartphone market for the corporate side of things, a run for its money. This success may have prompted the decision to make products directly aimed at businesses and expand the reach of the company.

The iPad has also become a success story in the business world, with many believing it and rival tablets would eventually replace the netbook as a portable work device. Apple claims that half of the Fortune 100 companies use iPads, suggesting widespread adoption.

This approach was reinforced recently when just last week AT&T announced that it would be selling iPads directly to businesses, along with a discounted data plan.

This is not enough for Apple, however, with news of plans to get businesses to replace their Windows or Linux-based PCs with Apple Macs touting a new corporate version of its Mac OS. Details are slim on what exactly the new operating system will include, but it should make Macs a more appealing option for businesses.