Apple's iPhones might be extremely popular with the general public, but you won't see many high-ranking government or military types with them because the phones don't have a great security track record. So, how can Apple fix its security problems? It could turn to an unlikely partner: BlackBerry.
"Yes, if Apple would ever come to us and would love to have our security, we could talk," BlackBerry CEO John Chen told CNNMoney's Cristina Alesci on Monday from the sidelines of the Milken Global Conference in Los Angeles.
That's right. Apple could partner up with its smartphone competitor to beef up security on iPhones. Apple's smartphones may dwarf BlackBerry's offerings in terms of market share, but President Obama and the Defense Department still turn to BlackBerry because of its top-of-the-line security.
BlackBerry has indicated that it would be open to the idea of allowing other manufacturers to use its software on their own smartphones and operating systems. Since the company has lost most of its share of the smartphone market to Apple and Android, BlackBerry's new focus is on software and security.
If anyone can pull off a security deal with Apple, it may be (BlackBerry CEO) Chen. In recognition of the comeback he's already orchestrated at BlackBerry, CNNMoney named Chen the runner up to Apple's Tim Cook as the best CEO of 2014.
What about Android users? If they want a super secure smartphone, they should check out the Blackphone. It's a super secure smartphone that runs a modified version of the Android operating system.